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Happy Holidays!

VCU School of Nursing faculty and staff would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and Happy New Year!
Congratulations to our December 2020 grads!

Congratulations to our December 2020 grads!

We couldn’t be more proud of our December 2020 graduates, who have successfully adapted to this year’s challenges and are moving on to their next chapter. We are confident they will represent the VCU School of Nursing well in their respective health care settings. Please give the December Class of 2020 a round of applause and a very warm welcome to the VCU School of Nursing alumni family!
Former VCU faculty members plan to establish scholarship

Former VCU faculty members plan to establish scholarship

After working as faculty members and at the hospital for more than 30 years, twins Jackie Stone and Jeanette Jones have strong connections to VCU. Those connections recently led them to designate the VCU School of Nursing as a beneficiary in their wills. Their bequests will establish the Jeanette A. Jones and Jacquelyn Jones Stone Nursing Honors Scholarship Fund. “As a faculty member, I saw financial needs every day, so providing a scholarship for future students is my opportunity to give back. I would not have had a career if it weren’t for VCU and the opportunities and the support there,” Jeanette says. Read more.

Alumna Linda Talley receives inaugural Paul A. and Veronica H. Gross Achievement in Nursing Award

Linda Talley, RN, NE-BC (B.S.’88/N), is the first recipient of the Paul A. and Veronica H. Gross Achievement in Nursing Award. This award would typically be presented at graduation, but was presented virtually this year. Watch the virtual presentation of the award. You can also read the announcement in Connections magazine, page 22


The American Academy of Nursing Fellows represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. We’re proud to have two members of the VCU School of Nursing family inducted as AAN Fellows this fall. Congratulations to Brenda Baker, Ph.D., RN, CNS (Ph.D.’11/N), and Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC, FNAP (M.S.’84/N; Ph.D.’04/N). Baker and Parsons were formally inducted during the AAN’s virtual conference Oct. 29-31.
Brenda Baker
Brenda Baker is as an assistant clinical professor at Emory University. Her research focuses on pregnant and postpartum women, with a special interest in incarcerated women.
Pamela Parsons
Pamela Parsons is clinical associate professor and associate dean for practice and community engagement in the School of Nursing. She holds the Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey Distinguished Professorship. Her work focuses on aging adults, particularly those who are chronically ill and in vulnerable populations.


The Invest in Me campaign is a universitywide effort that helps fund scholarships that reward excellence and achievement; open doors to opportunity and eliminate barriers to access; and nurture talent across every field. We’re highlighting School of Nursing students who have been impacted by scholarship support.

“My name is Tyresha James and I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the 2020-2021 recipient of the Meredith B. DeCiucis Scholarship in the VCU School of Nursing. My career goal is to become a neonatal nurse. I chose nursing because of the incredible medical personnel who cared for my brother. They inspired me by their genuine and compassionate care, professionalism and abundance of knowledge that they possessed. I chose VCU because I believe that they have a great foundation and a structured curriculum. Additionally, VCU has its very own medical center, which stood out to me even more.”

Learn more about the Invest in Me campaign.


April 14-16: Virtual Reunion Weekend
We are excited to celebrate the milestone years ending in 1 and 6 with a virtual Reunion experience to bring events from campus right to your living room. Information about the MCV Campus Virtual Reunion Weekend will be posted on the Reunion website in the coming months.


Did you recently move, change jobs, receive a promotion, get married, expand your family or experience another life event? Take a moment to share the latest events and achievements in your life. We’ll include updates in the class notes section of the School of Nursing’s annual Connections magazine.
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