Driven by a range of motivations, including a desire for a change of scenery, a better job or to be closer to family, each new employee travels their own, unique path to Duke.
<p class="story-body-text”>Every 10 years, the U.
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<p class="story-body-text”>“I think the culture of Duke is one of striving continuously for excellence, be that in patient care, research, education or all of our administrative areas,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, Duke’s vice president for Administration.
“We attract a lot of people that identify with that aspiration. The combination of culture, compensation and benefits make this one of the most attractive places in the nation to work.
“I was ready to go. I just needed someone to give me a shot.
<p class="story-body-text”>That opportunity came when she applied for the position at Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), where she develops onboarding strategies, oversees customer service operations and upgrades the department’s database system.
State of Growth
<p class="story-body-text”>An avid camper, Rebecca Young loved that living in Davis, California, had her a short drive from Yosemite National Park, redwood forests and the Sierra Nevadas. As a vegetarian, she treasured California’s year-round availability of fresh produce.
<p class="story-body-text”>“For us, the California dream was over, we’d been looking to leave for a long time,” said Young, who joined the Duke Department of Pediatrics’ Infectious Diseases division as a biostatistician in 2018.
Census Bureau, North Carolina added 112,820 people in 2018 – including the Youngs – ranking behind Texas, Florida, California and Arizona in the number of new residents. A strong job market is a prime driver of the influx.
<p class="story-body-text”>“With the quality of life, the type of jobs and the type of incomes people can earn, it’s not hard to get anyone in the world to move here,” said North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland.
“And anybody would be happy to move here and be associated with a place like Duke.”
<p class="story-body-text”>Denise Motley, executive director of Duke Human Resources Recruitment, Staffing and the Career Resource Center, said that Duke’s reputation as a world-class research university and health system coupled with robust employee benefits, are major factors in attracting top talent.
“If applicants prefer city life, they can get that feel here. For those who like a more rural environment, that can be realized here, as well.
I believe this rich geographic diversity is another reason we successfully attract applicants from all over the United States.”
“I would never have thought I’d be a North Carolinian. But I like it a lot.
<p class="story-body-text”>At first, Can Zhang’s fascination with how mathematics intersects with the real world led him to a degree in civil engineering. Then, after developing an interest in how understanding transportation and supply chains can help solve thorny problems, he pursued a Ph.
D. in industrial engineering.
<p class="story-body-text”>“And now, I’m at a business school,” said Zhang, assistant professor at the Fuqua School of Business. His research focuses on improving health care and agricultural supply chains in developing countries.
<p class="story-body-text”>His curiosity also led him halfway around the world. Zhang, a native of China’s Hunan province, earned degrees from Beijing’s Tsinghua University and Georgia Tech before joining Duke’s faculty in 2018.
<p class="story-body-text”>Together Duke, the university’s strategic plan, states that “Faculty with diverse histories, backgrounds, experiences and expertise are necessary for an academic community that values unique perspectives, histories, and ways of thinking about important, complicated questions.”
<p class="story-body-text”>Zhang, 30, said he’s been embraced by his colleagues at Fuqua, who have invited him to social outings and given him a favorable teaching schedule that allows him to have sufficient time to devote to research projects.
He’s enjoyed working alongside accomplished researchers and teaching operations management courses to students in the Daytime MBA program.
Searching for the Best
<p class="story-body-text”>Shanna Kramer is still getting used to humid summers, mild winters and the funny looks she gets when she uses words such as pop, instead of soda, or supper, in place of dinner.
<p class="story-body-text”>Kramer, 27, moved to Durham from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2018 when her husband, Brent, began an ophthalmology residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
<p class="story-body-text”>Employing around 8,000 nurses at three hospitals and a network of clinics, Duke is always recruiting for qualified nurses. To find nurses, especially in specialized areas such as cardiothoracic and respiratory care, Duke casts a wide net for the best candidates.
<p class="story-body-text”>In 2018, nearly 27 percent of Duke’s benefits eligible hires were for nursing jobs. Of the 1,506 nursing jobs filled in 2018, nearly 36 percent were by people from outside of North Carolina.
<p class="story-body-text”>According to North Carolina Department of Commerce projections, North Carolina will add around 93,000 jobs in health care and social assistance by 2026 due in large part to the state’s aging population.
<p class="story-body-text”>“In the past, we met our ne with local talent and our strong reputation, but with our growth, we now frequently recruit nurses from outside of the region,” said Sylvia Alston, assistant vice president for nursing recruitment and hospital administrative systems for Duke University Health System.
<p class="story-body-text”>Duke recruiters are regular visitors to nursing conferences and local and regional colleges and universities, building a network of contacts across the profession to find nurses who embody Duke’s goal of innovative, compassionate, expert care.
<p class="story-body-text”>Alston said the priority Duke places on professional development, whether it’s helping nurses gain experience in specialized work areas or providing support for continuing education, attracts ambitious nurses.
“I’m close with the providers and the people on my team. I feel like the people that I work with are proud to work at Duke.