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Hi, I’m Dr. Kathy Pereira and I’m
the director of the Duke School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice
program and I’m very excited to have this opportunity to talk to you about
the Duke DNP. We were the first DNP program in the state of North Carolina
and we actually just celebrated our tenth anniversary in the fall of 2018. We
have a very strong publication of manuscript rate from our students and we
just benchmarked our 200th publication also in fall of 2019. So we’re very proud
of those scholarly accomplishments of our students and the faculty that mentor
them. Our program is a distance-based curriculum and that means that you do
most of your learning online and then you come to campus once a semester for
interactive and face-to-face activities with both faculty and your colleagues in
the program. This is very important and helps build a connection to Duke, helps
you feel better supported to talk through problems with faculty and other
colleagues and really helps you get to know the cohort that’s you’re in which
is extremely important when you’re going through a rigorous doctoral program like
the Duke DNP. First of all, we take students from all areas of advanced
practice nursing and that includes Nurse Anesthesia, nurse midwives, all the
advanced practice nurse practitioner roles such as family, pediatric, acute and
primary care, women’s health. We also take psych mental health nurse practitioners
and CNS prepared advanced practice nurses. We
also take nurses who have a master’s degree in either nursing administration
or informatics. So our CRNA program is what we
call a BSN to DNP program and these students start after completing a
bachelor’s degree and then getting some work experience. This program is three
years in length total and the students are full-time. We also have a post-MSN
DNP and these students take five semesters to complete their program. Additionally, in the spring of 2017, we started getting up our executive
leadership specialty within the Duke DNP program and this is designed especially
for nurses who have a strong background already in nursing administration
leadership both managing people and budgets and it’s a nine credit
elective specialty within the Duke DNP program and we’re really excited about
this because it’s really preparing nurses to be able to sit at the table in
the c-suite and to be able to think at a very high strategic level within health care
organizations. We are really proud of our graduates as they proceed with their
careers after completing the Duke DNP. Our graduates are doing amazing things
and they’re usually stepping up in their organizations either taking on more
responsibilities or taking on higher level leadership roles within their
organizations and so we’ve had students go on to testify before the Institute of
Medicine, they’re leading large healthcare organizations they’re working
in government agencies they’re also working in the global arena and we
actually have the opportunity for our students to purchase
in international DNP projects while they’re here. The Duke DNP really transforms you personally and professionally as you
move through the program. Not only do you complete a project but it really
enhances your personal and professional leadership skills, enhances your ability
to look at evidence with a really critical eye and enhances your ability
to understand health care policy and finance and how that influences
healthcare systems and quality within healthcare. So we have a very diverse
cohort of students, we have students who have maybe have their master’s degree
for fifteen or twenty years as an advanced practice nurse and then want to
go back for their DNP, we also have students within our MSN program who do
what we call the BSN to DNP – complete their advanced practice courses and
certification and then go on to complete their DNP. We of course have our ABSN or
BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia students. We have students from all over the country
we actually have international students that come every year and it’s really
a gamut of clinical expertise from military expertise to women’s health to
nursing administration so we’re really excited about the fact that our cohorts
are so diverse in their background and that leads for really great interaction
and enrichment in the class. So students also when they
apply for the program should have at least an idea of the area where they
would like to work on a project and that means they would like to work with what
population of patients so for instance if you work in the cardiology setting,
you might be interested in working with patients with heart failure. If you work
in the nursing leadership setting, you might be interested in a project on
retention and workforce and so at least having a vague or general idea about
what problem you would like to focus on during your DNP project. So I’m glad we
had this opportunity to talk, I want to mention that I am a double Dukie, I
actually graduated from the Duke MSN program in 2002 as a family nurse
practitioner and then also received my DNP from the Duke School of Nursing in
2012 and so I’ve been through this program I’m really excited about what I
learned and what we’re teaching our students now and I welcome the
opportunity for you to contact me for any questions and if you’re interested
in more please explore our website and consider admission and application.

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