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September 20, 2022
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Message from the Dean
vincent guilamo-ramos

Happy Hispanic Heritage month to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of DUSON! Hispanic Heritage month provides the opportunity to reflect on the impactful contributions of Latinos to our country while also recognizing the invisibility of health challenges and social determinants of health that impact Latinos. As a community, DUSON can use this month to celebrate the contributions and acknowledge the health needs of Latinos.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, Margarita Alegria, PhD, Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chair of the Harry G. Lehnert, Jr. and Lucille F. Cyr Lehnert Endowed MGH Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will join us to discuss Latino mental health disparities on Wednesday, October 12 at 11 a.m. as the second guest for the Dean’s Lecture Series.

Additionally, I want to encourage you to join me for our first Dean’s Lecture Series with Lauren Hilgers, New York Times Journalist, who will join me for a panel discussion on the value and importance of the nursing health care workforce on September 28.

I would also like to highlight the upcoming State of the School Address on October 10 at 3:30 p.m., where we will celebrate last year’s accomplishments and officially launch the implementation of the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.

All three hybrid events will be in-person in the Christine Pearson Building, Room 1014 and via Zoom.


Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
Dean, Duke University School of Nursing
Vice Chancellor, Nursing Affairs, Duke University
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School Announcements
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program ranked among top in the nation for second year in a row.
As we begin our 2022-23 academic year, we want to remind students, faculty, and staff of our Emergency Information Center. For your safety and those around you, please familiarize yourself with "What To Do In An Emergency," including armed intruders, inclement weather, and more.
DUSON joins Duke Health team members as we honor our Hispanic and Latino team members and communities.
Dean Ramos joined faculty with the Clinical Health Systems & Analytics Division during a fun, yet intense, interactive event with spaghetti and marshmallows. He also hosted faculty and DUSON affiliates at a special social in Washington, DC to celebrate Sharron Docherty's remarkable accomplishment of receiving the Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award at the 2022 CANS Conference. Take a peek at these wonderful moments!
All members of the Duke community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to the 2022 State of the School Address to celebrate last year's accomplishments and for the official launch of the new 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.
Stress First Aid (SFA) Booster training is being offered for those who have completed the four-hour Stress First Aid training and want to practice applying SFA. The Booster training will reinforce the SFA principles.
Duke is uniting the university's education, research, operations and public service missions to engage the entire community in the relentless pursuit of climate change solutions. Join Duke for the announcement of the Duke Climate Commitment on Thursday, September 29 in Page Auditorium at 4 p.m. Event is free, but ticketed.
Applications for the 2023 Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP) are open. The program, founded by the Chancellor for Health Affairs, was created to help expand leadership capacity within Duke Health. The program focuses on topics such as strategy and health policy, funds flow and operations at Duke, negotiation skills, leveraging leadership styles, and managing personnel and having difficult conversations. Applications due by November 10.
Duke Health is committed to reducing the prevalence of the influenza virus within our community. As part of this commitment, obtaining a flu shot or a medical or religious exemption is a condition of employment for all DUSON faculty, staff, instructors and post-doctoral fellows. Flu Clinics will be held at DUSON on Wednesday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IPE Building, Room 3280, and Monday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pearson Building, Room 1011.

Faculty, staff, instructors and post-doctoral fellows must receive their flu vaccinations before 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 15. Students are also required to be vaccinated. 
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Appointments, New Hires, and Promotions
Please congratulate these employees on their new positions and promotions:

New Hires
  • Sherry Nichols, Financial Analyst
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Important Upcoming Dates
Mission Statement Open Conversation (9-10:30 a.m.)
Mission Statement Open Conversation (2-3:30 p.m.)
Dean's Lecture Series: The Value & Importance of the Nursing Health Care Workforce for U.S. Health and Wellbeing
SEPT 29 -
Founder's Day Weekend
13th Annual Dorothy L. Powell Global Health Lecture
Save the Date: ABSN Commitment to Excellence Ceremony
Fall Break Begins
OCT 10
State of the School Address
OCT 12
Dean's Lecture Series: From Policy to Practice: Addressing Latinx Mental Health Disparities at All Levels
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D-CHIPP Critical Conversations Documentary Series
National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week
Fall 2022 Nurse Practitioner Intensives (through Oct. 3)
FOR STUDENTS: Job Searches and Cover Letter & Resume Writing
All of Us Research Workbench
Nursing Alumni Council Meeting
Beyond Lecturing: Increasing Engagement, Recall & Success
FOR STUDENTS: Budget Friendly Meal Planning for Busy Schedules
FOR STUDENTS: Stress Management Workshop
DAAMN/DUSON Student Council Blood Drive
School of Nursing Board of Visitors Meeting
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Awards & Honors
Mitch Knisely, associate professor, was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Society for Pain Management. He will serve as Director from 2022-2024.

Knisely, along with five other nurse scientists from around the country, recently won the 2022 Pain Management Nursing's Research Article Award for their article entitled "Pain Management Nurses' Roles During the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Mary Lou Affronti, professor, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Society of Neuro-Oncology as the only advanced practice provider/nurse on the board representing allied health professionals.
John Myers, faculty, was appointed to serve on the editorial board of Clinical Nursing Research.
Recognized for her extraordinary, lifelong contributions to improving the health of individuals, families, or communities, Marion E. Broome, Ruby F. Wilson Professor of Nursing, receives the 2022 AAN President's Award.
DUSON faculty, staff and students contribute their knowledge in a variety of health care fields through scholarly articles. Take a moment to catch up on this month's Publication Roundup.
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