Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is located primarily in the Christine Siegler Pearson Building at 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC.
The 110,000-square-foot facility features classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and meeting rooms, as well as hospitality and auditorium spaces equipped with videoconferencing and lecture-recording technologies. The Pearson Building is dedicated to optimizing the student experience at the school. It features group study rooms, an enclosed study and reading room for those seeking a quiet environment, and an open lounge for collaborative study. Also located on the first floor are computer kiosks where students can check email and print documents. Both the information technology and financial aid offices are on the first floor in convenient and easy-to-find locations. The building also contains two single gender-neutral restrooms as well as a lactation pump room, which are available to all students, faculty, and staff.
In Summer 2019, the Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education opened. This facility, shared with the Duke University School of Medicine Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Division of Physical Therapy, is connected to the existing Pearson Building through enclosed hallways on all three School of Nursing floors. The new building provides expanded class and meeting rooms; home to the Health Innovation Lab, with its innovation workshop and seven standardized patient and simulation exam rooms; dedicated space for Student Services; rooms for students with special test-taking accommodations; treadmill workstation kiosks; and space to house the Center for Nursing Research, the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives and the PhD Program. The addition of this space brings the School of Nursing’s capacity to 219,772 square feet.
Duke University School of Nursing provides unparalleled opportunities for clinical training through collaborations with an array of outstanding health care facilities. Clinical education is provided to students through partnerships with practice sites locally and across the United States that include hospitals, health centers, clinics, and primary care providers in both urban and rural settings. The School of Nursing has developed relationships with a wide variety of organizations, including long-term care facilities, rehabilitation units, substance abuse inpatient and outpatient facilities, multicultural community health centers, and a broad range of community agencies. School of Nursing students have opportunities to work with diverse clients at practice sites such as clinics for immigrants, migrant workers, and patients with HIV; organizations providing care for families experiencing homelessness; home health agencies; and hospices.
Duke University Health System Hospitals
To provide opportunities for clinical training sites, the Duke University School of Nursing collaborates closely with the Duke University Health System, a world-class health care network dedicated to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow’s health care leaders, and discovering new and better ways to treat disease through biomedical research. Duke University Hospital, the hub of the health system, is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the leading health care organizations in the United States. The Duke University Health System also includes well-respected community hospitals in Durham (Duke Regional Hospital) and Raleigh (Duke Raleigh Hospital); the Duke Clinic outpatient specialty care clinics; and a large network of primary care clinics, wellness centers, and community-based clinical partnerships.
Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital have all been designated as Magnet Hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program. Magnet status is the highest level of national recognition for health care organizations that demonstrate sustained excellence in nursing care.
Clinical Partnerships with Other Hospitals and Health Centers
In addition to its close relationships with hospitals in the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Nursing maintains cooperative teaching and clinical arrangements with local entities including the Durham Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, and Holly Hill Hospital in Raleigh and local health departments.
Additional Clinical Partnerships. The Duke University School of Nursing is privileged to have collaborative relationships with healthcare organizations across North Carolina including Cone Health, Novant Health, and Vidant Health, and hundreds of additional health care delivery sites across the nation that provide clinical experiences for students. These clinical sites are an integral part of the high-quality educational experience that the School of Nursing provides for Duke nursing students at all levels. Extensive information of all partner facilities can be found on their respective websites.