In This Issue

Dear Colleagues,

In this Winter 2018 edition of Nursing Leadership Exchange, I invite you to learn how we at Duke are working to expand the touchpoints of nursing across the continuum of healthcare.  

We recently welcomed Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the National Library of Medicine to spend a day at the School of Nursing as the guest speaker for the 2018 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture. Please watch our conversations with Dr. Brennan, as she gave us a peek at the future of health information management, health literacy and her ideas about how nursing schools could prepare students for the future of healthcare. (Read more)

You can also learn about the Duke Elder Family/Caregiver Training (DEFT) Center, created by a three-year funding from the Duke Endowment.  DEFT trains, educates and empowers individuals in their role as caregivers of homebound older adults. The DEFT program is an academic-health-community partnership that developed, implemented and is evaluating an innovative and scalable model for teaching, training and supporting caregivers who assist and care for elders at home following discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation center. Students in Duke’s internationally renowned Fuqua School of Business are working with DEFT this semester to identify ways to expand and improve the program’s services to our community. (Read more)

Ensuring that our profession and our schools reflect the diversity of those we serve is a responsibility that we all have. We are very happy to announce that Brigit Carter, PhD, RN was named as our first Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Brigit is a leader in creating new pathways for underrepresented populations to enter the profession and will guide our internal practices to truly reflect our commitment for a diverse DUSON community. (Read more)

New approaches are necessary to address the mental and behavioral health issues that impact one in five adults in our country. However, oftentimes, qualified psychiatric care is not available. Drs. Pamela Wall and Sean Convoy developed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program at Duke which recently enrolled its first students. Through this unique program, students will receive a level II professional training certification in telepsychiatry, allowing them to provide health care from a distance. (Read more)

Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda was recently awarded a RO1 grant by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to research the role that multiple acculturation stressors and resilience factors at the individual, family and community levels play in the decay or maintenance of health among young adult Hispanic immigrants aged between 18-44 years old. (Read more)

Finally, I invite you to attend the 2018 Summer Institute: Methods and Analytics for Symptom Research. Sponsored by DUSON, the Institute will support symptom science researchers and analysts who wish to explore advanced techniques for statistical modeling and data analysis. (Read more)

Regardless of whether we are working with Hispanic youth, or those who care for elderly loved ones, patients in rural settings with mental health issues, or with large sets of patient data, I am proud that our profession is stretching the boundaries of how we engage with those around us.


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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