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Duke University Health System Named NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

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COE Program Awards Four-Year Designation for Creating Workplace Environments That Promote the Academic Progression of Nurses

Duke University Health System (DUHS) Nursing earned the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) prestigious designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education™ for the years 2016-2021.

Schools of nursing apply for Center of Excellence (COE) status based on demonstrated and sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development. DUHS is the first health care organization in North Carolina to receive the designation.

“It is a great honor to be considered a role model nationally for nursing leadership, for creating an environment where academic and professional development for every nurse is valued,” said Mary Ann Fuchs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President of Patient Care & System Chief Nurse Executive, DUHS; and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). “Our investments in professional development programs for nurses throughout our health system demonstrate our ongoing commitment to academic progression, and to improving patient care and outcomes through excellence and innovation.”

“The COE designation is an exemplar of the excellence of nursing education in practice at Duke Health System. It is also an important collaborative effort between DUHS Nursing and DUSON nurse educators and academic partners – one of the first major initiatives from an exciting new partnership between DUHS Nursing and DUSON, which leveraged the strengths of nurses across Duke,” said 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; and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Nursing, DUHS.

DUHS is one of 15 organizations that achieved COE designation in 2016.

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Career Development Expo | June 7 - 8, 2016

“Knowledge Is Power!”

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Our Career Development Expo held at the Duke University School of Nursing in early June was a great success, with over 180 Duke University Health System (DUHS) nurses in attendance. I was very pleased with the participation from nurses at all levels who are exploring the possibility of furthering their education.

Seventeen North Carolina schools of nursing attended the expo, offering resources and information about BSN, MSN, CRNA, DNP and PhD degree programs. One of the highlights of the event was a panel of DUHS nurses who received degrees while working, raising families, managing households and encountering various obstacles along the way. The stories our nurses shared with the group emphasized that it will never be a good time to start a new chapter in your education, but it’s never too late – the secret is simply to make a commitment and dive in!

Addressing the Expo participants, Kevin Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN, Duke Hospital president, pointed out that health care reform will bring new opportunities for nursing careers, changes to the industry, and shortages in many different practice areas over the next 20 years. Kevin shared his strong belief that “knowledge is power” as we work to become better leaders and have a positive impact on the changing health care landscape. (Article from June 2016 DUHS Nursing Newsletter)