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Launched in 2015, the Duke Advancement of Nursing, Center of Excellence (DANCE) is a unique collaboration between nurses in the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and the Duke University Health System (DUHS). DANCE provides the infrastructure to match the clinical expertise and needs of DUHS with the research expertise and theoretical insight of DUSON.

The three major pillars of growth for DANCE — Lifelong Learning; Evidence-Based Practice, Research, and Innovation; and Advancing Nurse-Led Innovations in Care — align with the missions of DUSON and DUHS. The pillars also align with the Duke Health Strategic Plan, which encompasses:

  • Patient care
  • Research
  • Education
  • Community health improvement
  • Global health

Through DANCE, our nurses are dedicated to personal professional advancement and lifelong learning for all, in order to advance the health of our communities and demonstrate our commitment to excellence in patient-centered care.

DANCE Co-Directors

Marion E. Broome
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

Mary Ann Fuchs
Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Vice President of Patient Care and System Chief Nurse Executive, Duke University Health System Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing

DANCE Coordinators

Staci Reynolds
Staci Reynolds, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN,

Clinical Associate, DANCE Coordinator, Duke University School of Nursing Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist, Duke University Hospital

  • Duke University School of Nursing

Kathleen S. Ashton, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN

Associate Professor
Director, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Lisa J. Day, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Margie A. Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Nursing Discovery

Chris Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor

Iris Padilla, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Katherine C. Pereira, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, A

Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Valerie K. Sabol, PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC,

Professor Chair, Healthcare in Adult Populations Division

Barbara S. Turner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Elizabeth P. Hanes Professor of Nursing
Chair, Health of Women, Children, & Families Division

Theresa M. Valiga, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, F

Director, Institute for Educational Excellence, and Chair, Clinical Health Systems & Analytics Division

  • Duke University Health System

Deborah H. Allen, PhD, RN, CNS, FNP-BC,

Director of Nursing Research, Duke University Health System

Sylvia M. Alston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Recruitment and Hospital Administrative Systems, Duke University Health System

Pamela B. Edwards, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Education, Duke University Health System

Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN

Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer, Duke University Hospital

John S. Hudson, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke Regional Hospital

Pat Johnson MSN, RN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Duke Primary Care (DPC)


Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO), Duke University Health System

Britt Meyer PhD, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, NE-BC

Nurse Manager Operations-Vascular Access Team, Duke University Hospital

Victoria Orto, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer

Judy Prewitt DNP, RN, AOCN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Practice & Magnet, Duke University Health System

Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing & Patient Care Services Officer

Amy Yancy-Mangum, MSN, NNP, PNP

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice, Duke University Health System