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Recognition Program

The Duke University School of Nursing recognizes distinguished alumni, faculty and friends for their significant contributions to the School and the nursing community at large.

Award Descriptions

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Awarded annually to an alumnus whose career contributions in nursing or health care have been distinctive for their impact and have been recognized regionally, nationally or internationally. Such contributions may include Leadership, Clinical Expertise, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Innovation in Health Care Delivery Systems, Health Care Policy and Innovative Uses of Clinical and/or Nursing Informatics.

Distinguished Service Award

To be awarded on occasion to an individual for outstanding volunteer service and/or fundraising efforts on behalf of the Duke University School of Nursing.

Humanitarian Award

To be awarded on occasion to an alumnus or faculty member for lifelong service to society.

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be awarded on occasion to an alumnus or faculty member for extraordinary leadership and accomplishments in the field of nursing.

Honorary Alumnus Award

To be awarded on occasion to an individual who is not an alumnus of the Duke School of Nursing but who has become a notable and important part of the School of Nursing family through long, dedicated and distinguished service.

Trailblazer Award

To be awarded on occasion to an alumnus who demonstrates excellence in their clinical field within three years or less of completing their Duke education.

Clinical Practice Excellence Award

To be awarded on occasion to an alumnus that has made a significant difference in nursing within five to ten years of their graduation from Duke.

Make a Nomination

The nomination window for the 2018 Reunion is now opened!  Click here to submit a nomination.

Awardee Selection

All nominees will be considered. Awards will be presented each spring during Nursing Reunions Weekend.

2017 Award Recipients