Duke University School of Nursing was recently ranked number six in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report for its 2016 Best Nursing Schools rankings. More than 500 schools with accredited master’s or doctoral programs were surveyed, and 246 were eligible to be included in the now annual survey.
“This ranking is the highest in the School’s history,” says Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and vice chancellor for nursing affairs at Duke University and associate vice president for academic affairs at Duke University Health System. “And continuing to move forward in this important ranking is the recognition of the hard work of our faculty, staff and students, as well as the important dedication and support of our alumni.”
Past rankings were conducted every three years and based solely on a peer-review survey. Now, in addition to peer assessments, the ranking methodology includes data such as:
- Student selectivity and achievements
- Mean undergraduate grade-point averages
- Acceptance rates
- Faculty resources
- Student-faculty ratios
- Faculty credentials
- Percentage of faculty with important academic achievements in the nursing field
- Nursing practice participation
- Master’s degree output productivity
- Research activity
- Total research expenditures
- Average research expenditures per faculty member
“We have clearly established a reputation for the Duke School of Nursing that attracts some of the best nursing students, a world-class faculty and talented, dedicated staff,” Broome says. “I am so proud that others around the country also see what I see every day in the quality and rigor of our people and our programs.”
At DUSON, the celebration doesn’t stop with its national ranking. The following six specialty majors were also recognized as being the best in the nation:
- Nurse Practitioner: Adult/Gerontology, Acute Care ranked no. 2.
- Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care ranked no. 2.
- Nurse Anesthesia ranked no. 3.
- Nursing Informatics ranked no. 3.
- Nurse Practitioner: Adult/Gerontology, Primary Care ranked no. 7.
- Nurse Practitioner: Family ranked no. 7.
The entire Duke University School of Nursing community salutes and congratulates the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff who have earned these distinctions of excellence.