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Elizabeth K. Rende, DNP, CPNP-PC, AC

Assistant Professor
(919) 613-9781
2117 Pearson Building

Dr. Elizabeth Rende, who joined the Duke University School of Nursing in May 2014, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certified in both primary and acute care. After earning her BSN at Rush University, she completed her MSN in Pediatric Primary Care (summa cum laude) and then a Post-Master’s Certificate in Acute Primary Care at Duke University School of Nursing. In 2012, she earned the DNP (summa cum laude) from DUSON with a capstone project focusing on the innovation A Migraine Action Plan ©.

Dr. Rende is an experienced educator and clinician. She taught in the RN-to-BSN program of a large online university and more recently taught both campus-based and online courses at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Between 2001 and 2014 she also served as instructor, co-instructor, or guest lecturer in many ABSN and MSN classes at DUSON and served as a preceptor for FNP and PNP students in individual clinical experiences (including an FNP student residency in Pediatric Neurology). During the 2012-2013 academic year, she mentored a Duke ABSN student in a directed research independent study that provided “hands-on” experience working with the IRB-approved protocol Implementation of a Migraine Action Plan in School..

Dr. Rende’s clinical experience includes PICU, pediatric inpatient, radiology, private family practice, and school nursing. She currently practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Duke’s Division of Pediatric Neurology and coordinates the Duke Pediatric Headache Clinic. Her autonomous role as the specialty provider for children with headaches is a highly respected, successful practice with a strong referral base throughout North Carolina and surrounding states. For the past 11 years, she has also served as Clinical Research Coordinator for an NIH-funded multicenter longitudinal study evaluating the physiological and cognitive effects of prolonged febrile seizures in children.

Dr. Rende’s current research focuses on pediatric headache-related disability and its measurement, both in school and at home. She is continuing dissemination of the Migraine Action Plan. In addition, she is exploring the use of technology and headache-focused “apps” for children and teens to foster self-management skills in the treatment of their headache.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • DNP - Duke University
  • MSN - Duke University
  • BSN - Rush University

Research Interests

Areas of research interest include:
● Headache-related disability in children
● Migraine Action Plan (MAP) use in school
● MAP use in Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
● School management of headache
● Empowerment of children to self-manage chronic illness

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 || DNP, Summa cum laude, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2000 || MSN, Summa cum laude, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 1975 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric Nursing

Areas of Interest

Pediatric neurology

Representative Publications

  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20189133 Blood-Siegfried, J. and Rende, E. K. The long-term effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on neurologic development. J Midwifery Womens Health. 55(2); 143-52
  • 2009 -- Rende, E. K. (contributor) Pediatric meningitis simulation case In Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing - Text and Simulation Learning System Package edited by Hockenberry, M. J. and Wilson, D.. 2009; : Elsevier Mosby. 2009

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Consequences of Prolonged Febrile Seizures in Children (FEBSTAT)

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    R01 NS43209
    07/2003 to 06/2013
    Role: Clinical Research Coordinator
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Elizabeth "Liz" Rende recently presented with collague Dr. Klaus Werner, Duke pediatric neurologist, on "What About My Headaches? Exploring Pediatric Headaches" at the Duke Pediatric Grand Rounds.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Elizabeth "Liz" Rende presented on "The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the Assessment and Management of Childhood Headaches" and "When Mom Isn't Around: The Innovative Use of a Migraine Action Plan to Decrease Headache-Related Disability in School" at the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress in Glasgow, Scotland.

Friday, July 8, 2016

School of Nursing faculty, staff and students were quite busy in San Antonio, Texas as they represented nursing excellence at the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference June 21-26.

Podium or panel presentations were completed by:

  • Iris Padilla and Kathryn Evans Kreider, entitled "Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.”

  • Kathy Trotter, entitled “When breast cancer survivors return to primary care: Beyond pink ribbons.”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Several faculty members and students represented Duke University School of Nursing at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual conference in New Orleans, La. AANP has nearly 60,000 members.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elizabeth Rende presented her poster entitled "When Mom Isn't Around — The Innovative Use of a Migraine Action Plan to Decrease Headache-Related Disability in School" at the annual American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference in New Orleans, La.

The conference was attended by more than 5,000 nurse practitioners.

Click here to see other faculty members presented at the conference.