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VCU School of Nursing alum are at the top of their game–and three recent deanship appointments prove it.

These individuals join several other alumni in academic leadership roles in nursing programs around the country including:

  • Nicole Damico (BS ‘97/N, MS ‘99/CHP, PhD ‘14/CHP), PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FAANA, Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, VCU College of Health Professions
  • Jim Emerson (BS ‘09/N), DNP, RN, Director, ADN and LPN programs, Danville Community College
  • Cindy Munro (PhD ‘92/N, Cert. ‘97/N), PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, University of South Florida College of Nursing
  • Ken White (BS ‘95/N, MS ‘95/N, PhD ‘96/CHP) PhD, AGACNP, ACHPN, FACHE, FAAN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions and President, American Academy of Nursing

Ceria-Ulep named dean of Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing

Clementina D. Ceria-Ulep (PhD ’92/N)

Clementina D. Ceria-Ulep has been appointed permanent dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing (NAWSON), effective April 1, 2023. Ceria-Ulep has served as acting dean from August 1 to October 31, 2021, and as interim dean since November 1, 2021. She joined the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene faculty at UH Mānoa in 1993. She has taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and served in various leadership positions.

“I welcome this opportunity with gratitude and joy! I am honored and privileged, and at the same time humbled to be selected as the permanent dean of the UH Mānoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing,” said Ceria-Ulep. “I appreciate the confidence and trust placed in me by faculty, staff, students, colleagues and administration. From teaching at all levels and serving as department chair, associate dean, acting and interim dean, I have grown so much personally and professionally at NAWSON. I will use lessons learned and experiences gained to take NAWSON to greater heights with everyone’s support and collaboration to benefit the school, university, state and beyond!”

Ceria-Ulep is a proud UH alumna having earned her bachelor’s of science and master’s of science in nursing administration from UH Mānoa. She received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

ODU Nursing Announces Interim Dean to Lead School

Suzanne Wright (BS ’97/N, MS ’02/CHP, PhD ’09/CHP)

Suzanne Wright assumed the new role of interim dean of the School of Nursing on Jan. 25. Wright, who joined ODU in 2021 as chair of the School of Nursing, previously served as a full professor and in leadership positions at Virginia Commonwealth University for nearly 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia and a Ph.D. in health-related sciences from VCU.

“I will work with the amazing team in the School of Nursing and at ODU to make measurable progress on these goals by promoting faculty and staff, serving all students, respecting our industry partners for their role in our success, and establishing an outreach plan to connect with alumni of our undergraduate and graduate programs,” she said.

Wright is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FAANA), a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) through the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Ohio State appoints new College of Nursing dean

Karen Rose (MS ’86/N)

The Ohio State University has selected Karen Rose as the next dean of the College of Nursing, effective July 1. Rose currently serves as the college’s vice dean and is a tenured professor and director of the college’s Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care.

“I am thrilled to continue to work with the fabulous faculty, staff and students in the College of Nursing,” Rose said. “We have amazing people in terms of our human capital, a state-of-the-art new facility in Heminger Hall, and endless opportunities for advancing education, research and evidence-based practice.”

Rose is widely recognized for her research on improving the quality of life and well-being for dementia family caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Her research has been continuously funded throughout her career, including by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

She earned her baccalaureate degree at Shenandoah University, master’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and PhD in nursing at the University of Virginia. She completed postdoctoral training with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

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