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Happy 2018!

Welcome School of Nursing students, faculty and staff to 2018 and the spring semester of our 2017-2018 academic year!

We are excited to welcome all of our new students joining the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) community. We are also delighted to assist them on their journey to becoming nurse leaders.

As a community, we've had a very busy 2017, and we look forward to new opportunities to continue transforming the future of nursing, to advance health with individuals, families and communities.

Duke University School of Nursing Receives Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars Grant

Duke University School of Nursing is one of only 31 nursing schools selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. The Duke University School of Nursing may select one or two students to receive this prestigious award.

Telepresence Robots

Two Accelerated Bachelor of Science of Nursing (ABSN) students enter a simulation lab to begin an assessment and treatment of a pediatric patient when the child’s status suddenly changes. As they would in a real-life situation, they summon the on-call provider. Minutes later, the provider, an advanced practice nursing student who knows nothing about the case arrives – but not in the traditional sense.

2018 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture Focuses on Informatics and How to Transform Data

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will host the 2018 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Christine Siegler Pearson Building in room 1014. The keynote speaker is Patricia Flatley Brennan, Rn, PhD, director of the National Library of Medicine. Brennan will present on “Transforming Data into Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: The NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027.”

Developing New Curriculum is Not Business as Usual

For the Spring 2018 semester, master’s students at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have the opportunity to enroll in a new major: Psychiatric Mental Health. It’s the eighth and latest major offered for nurse practitioner students, following closely on the heels of the Women’s Health major, which was added three years ago. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has also recently added two new specialties: Endocrinology and HIV/AIDS, and a pediatric mental health specialty will be launched in the near future.

Brandon Receives 2018 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award

Debra Brandon, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN, associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing, recently received the 2018 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award. This award recognizes individuals who reflect in their work and academic pursuit the objectives to which Dr. Cook dedicated his professional life—social justice, mentoring and seeking to improve relations among people of all backgrounds.

Simulation Education Isn't for Dummies

At one time or another, most nursing students at Duke will come in contact with a dummy. Her name could be Victoria, and she might be about to go into labor. If all goes well, and even if it doesn’t, Victoria will live to see another day, and another, and another. Victoria is just one of our simulation manikins — part of our family, says Margie Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE, assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and director of the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND).

Carter Appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) recently announced the appointment of Brigit Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, as its first Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (ADDI).

The role of Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion was created to strengthen and enhance the diverse community. DUSON’s core values actively promote diversity, inclusion and the valuing of differences that exist in the community.

New Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Specialty

Many pediatric patients receiving care in primary care settings have mental health concerns that are difficult for primary care providers to diagnose and manage. It’s estimated that one in seven youth in the United States suffer from a behavioral concern or mental illness and research shows half of all lifetime cases of mental illness will begin by the age of 14. Once a mental illness develops, it may become more difficult to treat.

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