VCU School of Nursing

Educating nurses from entry-level through the doctorate. Ranked in the top 4% of undergraduate nursing programs nationally.

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In celebration of Nurses Week, the VCU School of Nursing honors the incredible contributions of our alumni, faculty, and students. Nurses are essential. Their dedication to patient care and healthier communities is extraordinary. This Nurses Week, join us for coverage acknowledging, celebrating and showing appreciation for their work.

Teaming with Excitement

At the VCU School of Nursing, students have a whole team behind them. Advisors, mentors, and classroom and clinical instructors are carefully choreographed to deliver a great experience, help guide and provide advice, and make sure students see the progress they need to earn their degree. For new alum Munirah Fulani (B.S. ‘22/N), that team showed up for her even before she was officially a nursing student.


Nurses Honoring Nurses

The Central Virginia Nurses Honor Guard, founded by two VCU alumni, honors dedication to the nursing profession. Similar to the tradition of military tributes, nursing honor guards perform symbolic ceremonies that recognize the contributions and release the honored individual from their nursing duties. “We are a group of nurses that volunteer our time to provide a last tribute to a nurse on their final journey,” said Janice Neil (MS ’94/N, PhD ‘98/N).


From the Top

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


Student story: From the Alaskan Frontier to a Central Virginia Emergency Room

As an undergraduate Environmental Studies major at the University of Tennessee, Brian Napier, VCU School of Nursing class of 2023, was approached by a National Parks Recruiter who offered him a seasonal position at Denali National Park an Preserve in Alaska. Little did he know at the time but the internship would turn into a career as a park ranger in the wilderness of Alaska.


Recognizing excellence

This week, the VCU School of Nursing is honoring four outstanding alumni for their excellence in practice, leadership, research, and advocacy in nursing. “Their achievements demonstrate that our alumni are at the forefront of the nursing profession, providing compassionate and effective care to patients and communities, advocating for healthcare policies that improve outcomes, and leading innovative research that advances nursing practice. Their success is a testament to the quality of education and training they received in our program,” said Jean Giddens, dean of the School of Nursing in her remarks for the event.


By the numbers

VCU School of Nursing is proud of the impact it makes on the profession. Here’s a closer look at the numbers that tell that story.

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