In This Issue

Welcome to the first edition of the Nursing Leadership Exchange in 2017! We at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) had a very busy 2016 and no doubt like yourselves, are looking forward to an exciting new year.

In this edition of the Nursing Leadership Exchange, I invite you to learn how:

  • We celebrated the first graduates of our Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program, which is the only WHNP program in North Carolina. (Read more)
  • Through a unique collaboration with the Duke University Health System, we launched the Duke Advancement of Nursing, Center of Excellence (DANCE) to promote personal professional advancement and lifelong learning for all nurses and nursing students. (Read more)
  • DUSON is now home to an interdisciplinary center for developing and testing innovations in technology and patient care delivery. (Read more)
  • Dr. Paula Tanabe received a $4.6 million grant to participate in a sickle cell consortium to optimize care of adolescents and adults with sickle cell disease. (Read more)

In addition, you will see our new rankings from U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The dedicated work of our faculty and staff helped us jump to no. 3 in the USNWR rankings of Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and Best Programs for Veterans. We also celebrate our move to no. 4 in NIH-funded research. In 2016, our school received more than $6.4 million in annual funds from NIH.

I am always excited and inspired when I hear from our faculty, staff and students about new projects that will advance health. I hope that you will also become inspired as you read the innovative stories in this edition.

I invite you to share these stories with your colleagues, faculty, staff and students.


Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Nursing, Duke University Health System

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