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2016-2020 Strategic Plan

Duke University School of Nursing is in the process of launching our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. This page and the plan allow you to learn more about our vision for the future of our community. Please join us in reaching our vision. The Strategic Plan is a result of more than eight months of proactive engagement, thoughtful conversation and purposeful decision-making. Our entire community of nursing and health care researchers, educators, clinicians, alumni, students and staff were invited to share their voices in this process – we invited nearly 6,000 people to participate in the creation of this plan.

This Strategic Plan created a new vision for our future and identified a pathway that will help us align resources, prioritize choices and create new partnerships. Working together we will continue DUSON’s role as a global leader in educating the next generation of leaders who will transform care and touch lives across the entire spectrum of nursing.

Most importantly, the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan honors the tremendous legacy DUSON has enjoyed over the past nine decades while honestly assessing where we are as a school today. This plan is a road map for how we can meet the expectation of our new vision statement: “Together transforming the vision of nursing, to advance health with individuals, families and communities.” Read Dean Marion E. Broome's reflections on the past year's efforts in implementing the Strategic Plan.

Here are the key focus areas of the Strategic Plan along with the executive sponsor(s) and priority strategies for each:

Focus Area: Education

Prepare nursing leaders who will shape the future

Executive Sponsor: Janice Humphreys, PhD

2016–2017 Priority Strategies

  • Systematically assess all programs (existing and proposed) to ensure relevance, quality and sustainability.
  • Create an engaging student-centered learning environment.
  • Increase scholarship and other funding to offset the cost of tuition.

Focus Area: Research

Lead and accelerate nursing science and its translation

Executive Sponsor: Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN

2016–2017 Priority Strategies

  • Focus more extensively on faculty mentorship and research development.
  • Recruit, retain, recognize and develop a world-leading research faculty at DUSON.
  • Implement the following research areas of excellence: Clinical Innovation, Population Health and Chronic Illness, Precision Health and Methods & Analytics.

Focus Area: Clinical Practice

Provide and promote unparalleled clinical expertise

Executive Sponsors: Valerie Sabol, PhD, RN, and Katherine Pereira, DNP, RN

2016–2017 Priority Strategies

  • Create diverse faculty practice and patient care models that are financially and logistically sustainable.
  • Align DUSON's appointment, promotion and tenure practices to reflect the value of clinical practice.
  • Work with Duke Health and other practice partners to develop clinical and scholarly collaborations that are mutually beneficial.

Focus Area: Community Health Improvement

Collaborate with the community to advance health

Executive Sponsor: Barbara Turner, PhD, RN

2016–2017 Priority Strategies

  • Develop a centralized office within DUSON to coordinate the community and population health improvement agenda.
  • Create a research cluster specific to community and population health improvement.

Focus Area: Global Health

Take DUSON to the world and bring the world to DUSON

Executive Sponsor: Michael Relf, PhD, RN

2016–2017 Priority Strategies

  • Strategically identify global priorities and geographies.
  • Develop sustainable business models to support and fund strategic global initiatives.
  • Integrate global health concepts and experiences across all DUSON educational programs.

Focus Area: People & Environment

Be the destination for outstanding talent

Executive Sponsors: Brigit Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, and David Bowersox, MBA

2016–2017 Priority Strategies

  • Foster an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds thrive and work together for the common good.
  • Recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff and students who are representative of the diverse community served by DUSON.
  • Commit to unwavering dedication to the core values of DUSON.
  • Continue to build a respectful and supportive environment that is collaborative and advances working together.
  • Improve work-life fit.