VCU School of Nursing news and events

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VCU School of Nursing and the College of Health Professions jointly name a new associate dean of inclusive excellence and belonging

Stephan Davis is named to role for two of VCU’s health science schools Stephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, FACHE, FAAN, has been named associate dean of inclusive excellence and belonging for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing and the College of Health Professions after serving both schools as interim associate dean of diversity, equity and […]

Meet the new Rams

A mother and daughter are pursuing nursing degrees together at VCU School of Nursing A passion for helping others led both Jennifer Cousins and her daughter Reagan Cousins to enroll in the VCU School of Nursing. “We’re able to bounce things off each other and ask questions of each other as we share this experience of […]

Minding the Gap: VCU Richmond Brain Health Initiative

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the summer 2023 issue of NEXT magazine. By Holly Prestidge Trina Jones and Pam Hedgespeth flanked their mother, known as Miss Sadie, as the trio sat inside an exam room at the VCU Health Ambulatory Care Center on a spring morning earlier this year during a follow-up geriatrics […]

Student Spotlight: Karen Davila

For this first-generation student, nursing school is a reminder of her start in a new country “I have always danced around with nursing,” said Karen Davila, a student in the accelerated B.S. program, graduating December 2023. Davila immigrated to the United States from Argentina when she was six, and her early memories of her new […]

Vesting ceremony

On July 24, the School of Nursing vested the newest cohort of students, marking a milestone in their undergraduate careers. A visible reminder of their commitment to and belonging in the nursing profession, vests replaced white coats in many nursing programs to align with the “bare below the elbows” movement for infectious disease control.

Beneath these crowded streets

A network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the MCV campus footprint is a vivid memory for many of its former travelers A network of tunnels connecting the Virginia Capitol to the Executive Mansion, other state buildings and a number of VCU Medical Center buildings (then Medical College of Virginia) was built from 1913 to 1940. It […]

DNP program to host scholarly projects showcase

Join the School of Nursing to learn more about the DNP program through a showcase of scholarly projects presented by the program’s students. July 27, 9:45-11am Program Time Presentation Presenter 9:45-10am Welcome Debra Shockey, DNP, RN, CPNP 10-10:20am OMFS Workflow Efficiency Quality Improvement Project within the Clinic Setting Amie Patrick MSN, RN CIC Facilitating Hospice […]

Student spotlight: Nathan Ropelewski

Meet Nathan Ropelewski, class of 2024. As a new nursing student in the accelerated BS program, he is learning early that VCU offers the resources and support he needs to build a solid foundation so he can achieve his eventual career goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist. Read on for more on his experience in […]

Putting it together

New nursing graduate Nora Strickler (MS ‘23/N) and lessons learned in Richmond’s only federally designated Healthcare for the Homeless clinic For individuals without health insurance or the means to afford health services, safety net clinics provide accessible, comprehensive, and integrated quality health care. Several VCU School of Nursing students and alumni are key providers of […]

LGBTQIA+ health research is not niche, it’s necessary, and one nursing student is showing us why

VCU School of Nursing Ph.D. student Megan Symanowitz is bringing her research know-how to address gender-minority health issues Gender minority individuals, including transgender and non-binary individuals, often face significant challenges in receiving adequate healthcare. VCU School of Nursing doctoral student Megan Symanowitz is an early contributor to closing this care gap with her research that […]

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