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Fitting it together

How a School of Nursing professor is using an artistic exercise to deliver trauma-informed care concepts in the classroom Leigh Ann Breckenridge, D.N.P., RN, FNP-BC, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, brings what might seem like an odd array of objects to class–plates, bowls, a hammer, glue and gold […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Keep on learning

Nursing student Kyla Cortiguerra talks school experience, challenging classes and the constant chance to learn  Kyla Cortiguerra, class of 2025, is a student in the traditional BS program and the recipient of the Vicki and Charlie Tedeschi Memorial Fund award. When she first began the program back in 2021, she was eager for the opportunities […]

Student spotlight: Angela Dacanay

This May during AAPI Heritage Month, the VCU School of Nursing celebrates and recognizes Asian and Pacific Islander nurses and nursing students. We spoke to Angela Dacanay, member of the Class of 2025, about the ways in which the school supports cultural and ethnic diversity, as well as how she hopes to improve the healthcare […]

Spring 2023 graduation

The smiles were contagious. The excitement was palpable. The cheers were exuberant. Relive the magic of graduation with these images of the spring 2023 VCU School of Nursing commencement held Friday, May 12.

Teaming with Excitement

New alum Munirah Fulani (B.S. ‘22/N) explains how the team at VCU School of Nursing showed up for her even before she was officially a student of the school 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 […]

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