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‘Be flexible and be teachable,’ and other advice from VCU grads who’ve become chief nursing officers

More than 35 Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing alums have risen through the ranks to become chief nursing officers (CNO), a top-level administrative role that involves leading teams of nurses within a health care environment. Although they do not provide direct care to patients, CNOs are responsible for ensuring overall clinical and patient care standards. In […]

Nurses Week message from Dean Jean Giddens

Each year National Nurses Week, May 6-12, recognizes nurses for their dedication to quality patient care and health care equity. The week expanded in recent years to the entire month of May to celebrate nurses’ contributions to improving health care for everyone. At the VCU School of Nursing and across the world, nurses have shown resiliency, […]

VCU School of Nursing graduate programs ranked among top in the nation

VCU School of Nursing continues to be ranked among the top nursing schools in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools list. The school’s master’s program is ranked No. 34 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program rose to No. 35 (up from No. 38). Rankings are based […]

Medical Racism and the Maternal Health Crisis Lecture for Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month and as part of its Lectureship Series, the VCU School of Nursing will host a keynote speaker and panel discussion on the topic “Medical Racism and the Maternal Health Crisis” on Monday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m. in Room 1011. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, […]

VCU School of Nursing dean named chair-elect of AACN board of directors

Jean Giddens, Ph.D., dean and professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, has been elected to serve a two-year term as chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing board of directors. She will assume the role of board chair from 2024-26. The 14-member board of directors serves as the governing body for AACN. The […]

VCU School of Nursing expands faster path to bachelor’s to Reynolds Community College nursing students

Starting this year, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing will offer an accelerated course of study to registered nursing students earning their associate degree at Reynolds Community College, the fourth community college VCU has partnered with allowing for students’ co-enrollment since 2019. “Now more than ever, the role of nurses is vital to our society. Offering students […]

Master’s and DNP Programs Virtual Open House

Join VCU School of Nursing’s Virtual Open House on Feb. 2, 7-8:30 p.m., to learn more about the nurse executive and nurse practitioner options in our Master’s and DNP programs. The event will feature conversations with faculty, admission counselors and school leadership. Attendees will receive an email with a log-in link approximately 24 hours before […]

VCU School of Nursing earns CCNE accreditation renewal

VCU School of Nursing recently earned accreditation for another 10 years from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). An autonomous accrediting agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, post-graduate advanced practice registered nurse certificate programs, and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs.  […]

Project seeks to improve access, services around Alzheimer’s for Richmond-area older adults

With new federal funding, a team of faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University is leading a project to address health disparities by improving access to care and risk reduction services around Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for low-income older adults in the Richmond area. The VCU Richmond Brain Health Collaborative has received a new three-year, $1.2 […]

National Nurse Practitioner Week – Meet Nicholas Santalucia, future NP

On the last day of National Nurse Practitioner Week we are highlighting another VCU School of Nursing NP student. Meet Nicholas Santalucia, a master’s degree student (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration) who works as a Registered Nurse in Adult Psychiatry at VCU Health. Q. Why did you decide to go back to school to become […]

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