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Brenda M. Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN

Professor Emerita

Brenda Nevidjon is Professor and Faculty Coordinator of the Health Care Systems Instructional Area in the MSN Program. She is also Lead Faculty for the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership specialty. She is a graduate of Duke’s undergraduate nursing program, and earned her MSN with a specialty in psychiatric nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a long career in oncology nursing and has extensive administrative experience in complex healthcare organizations including being the first nurse, and the first and only, woman to be chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital.

Ms. Nevidjon is president-elect of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, a Trustee of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, a member of the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Forum Board, and past President of the Oncology Nursing Society. She is a member of several organizations, including the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Council for Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing. She has served on local and national boards and been president of several. Among Ms. Nevidjon’s extensive publications are four books, multiple book chapters, and numerous journal articles and editorials on leadership and oncology nursing topics. She was a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and completed the Johnson and Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives.

Ms. Nevidjon’s interests include leadership development with a focus on women in leadership, succession planning and development, and mentoring others to develop their writing abilities. She is certified to administer the MBTI® and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • MSN - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • BSN - Duke University School of Nursing

Research Interests

Research interests include:
● Characteristics of leaders, with a special focus on emerging leaders, including influences of gender, race, age, and organizational culture
● Outcomes of interventions to increase the supply of nurses

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 || ANA Honorary Recognition Award, American Nurses Association
  • 2012 || Invited plenary speaker, Inaugural International Oncology Nursing Summit Forum (Tianjin, China)
  • 2010 || Featured in Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek Oncology 2010 Specialty Guide cover story Cancer Care Heads in a New Direction
  • 2009 || Visiting Expert, Health Manpower Development Program, Ministry of Health, Singapore
  • 2008 || Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2008 || President, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2005 || President, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Leadership Association
  • 2004 || Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2003 || Juanita Long Community Leader Award, Beta Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2003 || Board of Directors, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Leadership Association
  • 2003 || Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina
  • 2003 || Trish Greene Memorial Quality of Life Lectureship, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2002 || Guest Expert, NPR Talk of the Nation Science Friday, Nursing Shortage
  • 2001 || President, Board of Trustees, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation
  • 1998 || Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Inaugural Class, University of California, San Francisco, Center for the Health Professions
  • 1996 || Most Powerful Women in the Triangle, Movers & Shakers, Triangle Business Journal
  • 1995 || Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Johnson & Johnson
  • 1991 || Distinguished Service Award, Puget Sound Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society
  • 1972 || Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Duke University
  • 1972 || Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society

Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing and Health Care Leadership
  • Oncology

Representative Publications

  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24476719 Nevidjon, B. A seat at the table: redesigning cancer care. Clin J Oncol Nurs. February, 2014 18(1); 13-4
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24304712 Balogh, E. P. and Dresler, C. and Fleury, M. E. and Gritz, E. R. and Kean, T. J. and Myers, M. L. and Nass, S. J. and Nevidjon, B. and Toll, B. A. and Warren, G. W. and Herbst, R. S. Reducing tobacco-related cancer incidence and mortality: summary of an institute of medicine workshop. Oncologist. January, 2014 19(1); 21-31
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22774346 Gullatte, M. and Brown, C. and Nevidjon, B. and Rieger, P. Successful associations are volunteer led, staff run. ONS Connect. 27(6); 22
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22849013 Nevidjon, B. M. and Mayer, D. K. Death is not an option, how you die is--reflections from a career in oncology nursing. Nurs Econ. May-June, 2012 30(3); 148-52
  • 2011 -- Erb, D. and Kaprielian, V. and Dieter, P. and Nevidjon, B. and Eldredge, B. and McNamara, R. Improving interprofessional understanding via interprofessional case conferences. MedEdPORTAL. November 21, 2011
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20865953 Nevidjon, B. and Chaudhary, R. Controlling emesis: evolving challenges, novel strategies. J Support Oncol. Jul-Aug, 2010 8(4 Suppl 2); 1-10
  • 2010 -- Nevidjon, B. Developing leadership and advocacy skills – the U.S. experience. EONS (European Oncology Nursing Society) Newsletter. 2010 7
  • 2010 -- Nevidjon, B. and Brown, C. Celebrate oncology nursing month by recognizing the achievements of nurses. ONS Connect. May, 2010 25(5); 17
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20590342 Nevidjon, B. Using leadership and advocacy to improve cancer pain management--based on a presentation at the cancer pain, suffering and spirituality course. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 11 Suppl 1 13-6
  • 2010 -- Nevidjon, B. and Kav, S. and Gullate, M. EONS-ONS leadership workshop -- part I: clinical leadership: discover the leader within. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. April 14, 2010 S5


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program

    Johnson & Johnson
    10/2012 to 09/2016
    Role: Team member

    Purpose: To provide advanced practice nurse professionals with a transformational leadership development experience in order to lead change in their practice settings and the evolving and challenging health care environment.

  • 2010-11 Nursing Fellows: Best Practices on Teaching Online Classes

    Duke University Center for Instructional Technology
    07/2010 to 07/2011
    Role: CIT 2010-2011 Nursing Fellow and Team Member

    Education Grant Project goal: Define and develop “Best Practices” in both technology and pedagogy to be used for teaching online students and mentoring faculty about online education. Fellows will compile findings and publish an online teaching orientation guide.

  • Career in Nursing – Durham Initiative

    Verizon Foundation
    07/2010 to 06/2010
    Role: Project Director

    Project Goal: One-time education grant to coordinate nursing organizations with the Durham Public Schools to promote nursing as a profession of choice to children.

  • Distance Based MSN in Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

    Health Resources and Service Administration - Division of Nursing
    07/2003 to 06/2006
    Role: Project Director

    Project Goal: The purpose of this proposal is to increase access and revise the existing program at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), to address the critical shortage of nursing leaders in rural and underserved areas by preparing advanced practice nurses who practice as nurse executives in health system’s leadership positions.

  • Nursing Leadership Training

    04/2003 to 08/2003
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Leadership development for nurses in Cyprus.

  • Dean’s Lecture Series

    Eli Lilly
    01/2002 to 01/2004
    Role: Project Director

    Project Goal: To develop and implement an annual Dean’s Lecture to bring national nursing leaders to the Duke and surrounding area nursing community to present on key professional topics.

  • Executive Development; Project Development - A) Medicare Managed Care Assessment of DUH, B) Leadership Development for executive succession at DUH

    Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows
    01/1998 to 01/2001
    Role: Project Director

    Project Goal: A) To assess the readiness of DUH to manage Medicare managed care patients B) Identification of and educational program for mid level managers to prepare them for advancement

  • Duke Hospital Nursing History

    Duke Endowment
    01/1995 to 12/1995
    Role: Project Director

    Project Goal: To document Duke Hospital nursing history through interviews with retired nurses.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) recently hosted North Carolina Advocacy Day 2018.

Susan Schneider gave the opening remarks highlighting the goals of the ONS Center for Advocacy and Health Policy, Brenda Nevidjon presented "Advocacy: If not you, Who?; If not now, When?" Chip Bailey presented "Advocating for Health Policy as an ONS Board Member" and AnnMarie Walton presented "Advocating for Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs." 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Susan Schneider and Professor Emeritus Brenda Nevidjon recently presented at The European Oncology Nursing Society Conference in the Netherlands. Schneider's presentation was entitled "Every nurse is a leader" and Nevidjion's presentation was entitled "Resilient Leadership: How to Survive as a Leader in a Changing World." 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We’ve all seen the Facebook or YouTube video of a person who has just completed cancer treatment and is overcome with joy, ringing the bell and sounding the alarm that treatment is done. What often moves us, in addition to the patient’s celebration, are the joyful and sometimes tearful faces of the oncology nurses.

Oncology nurses are at the forefront of cancer care every step of the way – in explaining the diagnosis, administering treatments, managing side effects, supporting patients and their families, rejoicing during triumphs and offering words of comfort.

Friday, October 16, 2015

DUSON and its faculty, students and staff were very visible throughout the National League for Nursing (NLN) annual Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this month. Here are the highlights: 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Duke University School of Nursing and Fudan University School of Nursing in China are co-sponsoring an international forum March 10-11, 2013, in Shanghai, China, entitled “Global Health and Nursing—Fudan/Duke Joint International Nursing Forum.” Three themes will be the focus of the forum: long-term care development, nursing professional development, and evidence-based nursing policymaking.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Brenda Nevidjon presented an invited plenary speech on October 23 entitled "Advanced Practice Nursing: The United States Experience" at the inaugural International Oncology Nursing Summit Forum in Tianjin, China sponsored by the Nursing Department of the Hospital Administration Institution in the Health Ministry of China and Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Professor Brenda Nevidjon published an article entitled "Death is not an option, how you die is — Reflections from a career in oncology nursing" in Nursing Economic$.

Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, professor at Duke University School of Nursing, has been selected by the American Nurses Association (ANA) board of directors to receive the 2012 ANA Honorary Recognition Award for her distinguished service to the nursing profession. She will receive the award during the ANA House of Delegates June 15-16 at National Harbor, Maryland.

Professor Brenda Nevidjon has been elected President-Elect of the International Society of Nursing in Cancer Care (ISNCC) Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012. ISNCC is an international membership organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people at risk for or living with cancer, promoting the nurse’s role in improving cancer care, and developing nursing leadership in cancer care delivery.

Professor Brenda Nevidjon joined Cancer Today as Editorial Adviser.