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Margaret (Midge) T. Bowers
Tel: (919) 684-1932, (919) 681-3244
Office: 2033 Pearson Building
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Margaret (Midge) T. Bowers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHFN, CHSE, A.A.C.C., FAANP

Associate Professor

  • Brief Bio

    Margaret (Midge) Bowers is MSN Assistant Program Director and Lead Faculty of the Adult Nurse Practitioner-Cardiovascular specialty in the School of Nursing MSN program. She is an Associate in the American College of Cardiology, and has over 30 years of experience in cardiac patient care. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiovascular Medicine.

    She earned her BSN from Binghamton University in 1981 and her MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care at the Duke University School of Nursing in 1990. She completed a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Duke in 1998 and joined the faculty of the School of Nursing in 1998. She earned the DNP degree from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2012.

    Midge Bowers focuses her clinical practice on congestive heart failure. She also has extensive clinical experience in cardiology and critical care transport. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, the Heart Failure Society of America, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    Bowers is principal investigator on a Duke Translational Nursing Institute funded grant for the WEIGH-IN Study, which aims to identify the relationship between daily weights and early symptom recognition in patients with systolic and diastolic heart failure and evaluate the relationship of social support, medication and weight monitoring adherence, and symptom perceptions with heart failure-related hospital readmission and mortality.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
    Master of Science in Nursing Program


    DNPUniversity of Colorado-Denver
    MSNDuke University School of Nursing

    Professional Certifications

    FNP-BCFamily Nurse Practitioner
    CHFNCertified Heart Failure Nurse
    BCLSBasic Cardiac Life Support Instructor
    ACLSAdvanced Cardiac Life Support Provider

    Research Interests

    Heart Failure
    Innovative Teaching Tools
    Online Education

    Clinical Interests

    As a Nurse Practitioner, Midge Bowers leads the pioneering Congestive Heart Failure Disease Management Program in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. This program helps to manage care for nearly 500 chronic heart failure patients. Its mission is to improve length and quality of life for patients by shifting the focus from crisis management to continuous care. Patients receive care based on scientifically proven models of care. Each patient is assigned to an advanced practice nurse who teaches them how to manage their own care. Patients are given the tools to self-monitor their symptoms, which improves their quality of life and prevents recurrent hospitalizations.