Toles and Wooden Receive Awards for Doctoral Work from Duke University School of Nursing

At the Duke University School of Nursing annual awards ceremony on May 11, 2011, two of the School’s doctoral students were honored for their exemplary work.Mark Toles received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for “Transitional Care in a Nursing Home.” This award is given to a graduating PhD student for innovative and significant research that demonstrates methodological and substantive quality. Toles earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Columbia University, a master’s degree in nursing within the family nurse practitioner specialty, and a psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist post-master’s certificate from the University of Hawaii.Steve Wooden received the Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Capstone Project Award for “Exploration of Specialty Certification for Nurse Anesthetists: Nonsurgical Pain Management as a Test Case.” The award is given to the graduating DNP student whose project best describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a practice change that addresses a significant health care problem in an organization and holds potential for adoption by other agencies. Wooden received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Nashville, Tennessee, and a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.About DUSONDuke University School of Nursing (DUSON), as a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 7 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 700 individuals enrolled for Spring 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.

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