Celebrating National Nurses Week

Nurse Anesthesia Students in Lab

Duke University School of Nursing joins the nation-wide celebration of America’s four-million registered nurses for National Nurses Week! National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 though May 12—the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

National Nurses Week "4 Million" GraphicThis year’s National Nurses Week observes the theme “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate” recognizing and honoring all that nurses contribute to the nursing profession. We invite you to share on social media what it means to you to be a part of the nursing profession. Show us how you’re #1 out of 4 million by using hashtags #NursesWeek and #DUSON so we can engage with you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!

Our more than seven-thousand students, faculty and alumni contribute to that four-million and are trailblazers in nursing education, science, clinical practice and the humanities and stretch across all 50 states and into more than 19 countries—shaping the present and future of nursing.

DUSON students and alumni are making a difference in clinical practice through leading efforts in developing health information technology to improve quality and patient safety and by creating the first cancer survivorship program at Duke that offers an innovative group care model for breast cancer survivors.

Many of our alumni are impacting lives around the world. Some have implemented an antiviral therapy are as part of an Ebola research effort in West Africa and working with African-American women with children with HIV by helping them lead better, more productive lives while others run an orphanage in Guatemala.

Top researchers from our faculty, students and alumni are dedicated to leading and accelerating nursing science and its translation through research focused in clinical innovation, population health and chronic illness, precision health and methods and analytics. They’re actively training future nurses in the development and translation of knowledge to improve the health of individuals, families and communities.

Many of our community members serve in leadership positions within hospitals, health care facilities and national health care organizations around the nation including chief nursing officers, chief executive officers, health system presidents and as editors of top peer-reviewed nursing journals.

During National Nurses Week and all other weeks, we honor and thank you for everything you do as you help shape the future of the nursing profession.


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