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September 6, 2022
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Message from the Dean
vincent guilamo-ramos

I would like to welcome the DUSON community as we begin an exciting new academic year. As I start my second year as Dean, I look forward to further meaningful discussions about the future of our school and the upcoming launch of our 2022-2026 DUSON Strategic Plan.

On October 10 at 3:30 p.m., we will come together for the State of the School Address. Consistent with tradition, we will review and celebrate last year’s accomplishments and officially launch the implementation of the new Strategic Plan. All members of the DUSON community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to join in the Peter and Ginny Nicholas Auditorium, Room 1014, in the Christine Siegler Pearson Building or via Zoom. Following the State of the School Address, a reception will be held in the atrium from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

As we prepare for the launch of the Strategic Plan implementation, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support in helping finalize the school’s new mission. The feedback and thoughtful discussions have been valuable in understanding the purpose of our work, who we each are as members of the DUSON community and how our collective purpose and individual identities come together to amplify the mission of our school. For those that have not attended, please note there are two more DUSON mission discussion sessions later this month, so visit “Important Upcoming Dates” below for more information.

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the 2022-2023 Dean’s Lecture Series where we will continue our conversations on the value and importance of the nursing workforce and the advancement of health and social equity. Visit “Important Upcoming Dates” below to learn more and RSVP.

Lastly, I would like to extend a personal thank you to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni that made my first year at DUSON not only a success, but also made me feel at home. I look forward to a great second season.


Vincent Guilamo-Ramos
Dean, Duke University School of Nursing
Vice Chancellor, Nursing Affairs, Duke University
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School Announcements
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. 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. 
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) welcomed five North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Nursing students this summer as part of the Leading to Equitable Access to Health Professions (LEAHP) program.
Recently, six nurse practitioner residents graduated from the primary care and mental health residencies that DUSON has in partnership with the Durham VA. Soon, nine new VA residents will begin their year-long residencies in primary care, mental health, and long term care – three in each program.
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Appointments, New Hires, and Promotions
Please congratulate these employees on their new positions and promotions:

Promotions and Appointments
  • Tara Albrecht, promoted to Associate Professor, Track I 
  • Alison Edie, promoted to Associate Professor, Track II 
  • Desi Newberry, appointed to Associate Professor, Track II 
New Hires
  • LIndsay Ashby, Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Sarah Deuel, Marketing Director
  • Angeline Dixon-Green, Admissions Staff Assistant
  • Sharen Kimmet, Community Health Nurse Case Manager
  • Fredric Riley, Building Support Services Coordinator
  • Leslie Zanaglio, HR Representative, Recruiting
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Important Upcoming Dates
Fall 2022 update for faculty and staff on the student accommodations process
Drop/Add Deadline
SEPT 16-17
10th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Conference
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
Save the Date: ABSN Commitment to Excellence Ceremony
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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Student Success Center: Getting Organized
Student Success Center: Managing Imposter Syndrome
Perverse Incentives in Academia
Student Success Center: Academic Writing Workshop
A Virtual Fireside Chat with Nurse Leaders
CQ Workshop I: Foundations of CQ & Implicit Bias
Student Success Center: APA Citations & Formatting Workshop
CQ Workshop II (Faculty): Take a Deeper Dive: Continue Your Development in CQ
CQ Workshop II (Staff): Take a Deeper Dive: Continue Your Development in CQ
Preparing PhD Applications: A Workshop for Master's Students
Deadline for faculty to apply for Duke's 2022-23 SMIF Voucher Program
​11th Annual Stead Tread 5K Fun Run/Walk (Proceeds benefit Lincoln Community Health Center)
D-CHIPP Critical Conversations Documentary Series
Fall 2022 Nurse Practitioner Intensives (through Oct. 3)
Nursing Alumni Council Meeting
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Awards & Honors
Michael P. Cary, Jr., Elizabeth C. Clipp Term Chair in Nursing, and Schenita D. Randolph, associate professor, have been selected as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Other DUSON-affiliated 2022 fellows include Elizabeth Duffy, DNP’14, Jing Wang, PhD’17, Dalmacio Flores, PhD’16, Rose Mary Xavier, PhD'17, and Hudson Santos Jr, former postdoctoral fellow. 
Two DUSON-affiliated nurse-led models of care have been designated as Edge Runners by the American Academy of Nursing  — Families Talking Together (FTT) and the Durham Homeless Care Transitions. Dean Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is the primary developer of FTT, while Donna Biederman is a co-founder of Durham Homeless Care Transitions.
ABSN students Marcus Bolick and Milenna Echegaray Gomez are 2022 recipients of the Johnson & Johnson’s Our Race to Health Equity Diversity Nursing Scholarship.
Mykel Jess, DNP student, has received the 2022 Tillman Scholarship, which is awarded to remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses as they look to begin their next chapter as public and private sector leaders. 
An article co-authored by Susan Catchings, DNP'20, consulting associate, and Valerie Sabol, interim vice dean, academic affairs, was nominated for "The Journal for Nurse Practitioners" Marilyn Edmunds Writing Award. 
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"Inside Duke School of Nursing" distributes on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The deadline for submission is Wednesdays at noon before the publication release date. Visit the DUSON website for the full schedule and archive of previous issues, and send all submissions to the DUSON News inbox.
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