The Duke Medicine Friends of Nursing program recognizes and rewards nurses for their valuable roles as caregiver, educator, researcher, colleague, patient advocate and friend. Awards include an educational stipend, recognition within the Duke Raleigh Hospital, and a presentation at the annual Friends of Nursing Gala each fall. Since the program began in 1998, Friends of Nursing has supported the professional development of more than 1,000 Duke nurses. Nominations for “Excellence in Nursing” awards can be submitted by patients, their family members and health system colleagues. To nominate a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse for the Duke Raleigh Friends of Nursing Award, click here.