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About Us

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 two major pillars of growth for DANCE, Lifelong Learning and Evidence-Based Practice, Research, and Innovation, 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 Coordinator

Staci Reynolds

Staci Reynolds, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN
Clinical Associate, DANCE Coordinator, Duke University School of Nursing
Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist, Duke University Hospital
Office: (919) 684-3865


DANCE Members

  • Duke University School of Nursing

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

Associate Professor
Director, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Kathleen S. Ashton, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

Lisa J. Day, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Iris Padilla, PhD, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

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

Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Loretta Matters, MSN, RN

Associate Director, Center of Excellence for Geriatric Nursing Education

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

Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Nursing Discovery

Chris Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor

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

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

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

Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Education, Duke University Health System