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Happy Thanksgiving!

As Thanksgiving nears, the School of Nursing team would like to express our deep gratitude to you, our alumni and friends. Thank you for all that you do to support SON students, faculty and staff throughout the year. We wish you a wonderful holiday!
Reunion Weekend 2021 is going virtual

Reunion Weekend 2021 is going virtual

Based on recommendations from VCU and VCU Health, in-person events scheduled for the MCV Campus Reunion Weekend on April 16-18, 2021, have been canceled. But Reunion is not canceled. We are excited to celebrate the milestone years ending in 1 and 6 with a virtual Reunion experience that will bring events from campus to your living room. Information about the MCV Campus Virtual Reunion Weekend will be posted on the Reunion website in the coming months.
St. Philip School of Nursing marks 100th anniversary

St. Philip School of Nursing marks 100th anniversary

In 1920, when racial segregation was in force, the Medical College of Virginia established a school to train Black nurses for the new St. Philip Hospital, which served the Richmond, Virginia-area Black community. You can learn more about the school’s remarkable legacy for VCU and the School of Nursing in a feature story and video where St. Philip alumnae share their stories. The recent issue of Connections magazine also highlights the school’s history on pages 18-19, and the permanent exhibit in the School of Nursing’s Heritage Room features the stories of six alumnae and their career paths after St. Philip.
SON alumna/faculty member studies wellness app for pregnancy and post-partum

SON alumna/faculty member studies wellness app for pregnancy and post-partum

Patricia Kinser, Ph.D., RN (B.S.’03/N, M.S.’04/N), associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, is studying a mobile app that could benefit women who experience significant depression symptoms during pregnancy or postpartum. The app is designed to help prevent development of symptoms or help users cope with current symptoms.

“At present, no systematic, app-based, self-management approaches designed to prevent or treat perinatal depressive symptoms exist in the U.S.,” Kinser said. Read more.

Kinser’s research team is now recruiting pregnant women from across the nation to participate in the online study. Learn more about participating.


Michelle “Shelly” Shiflett (B.S.’04/N; M.S.’05/N) has published “Celiac Lost: A Family Guide to Finding a Gluten-Free Life,” which she wrote with her son, Christopher, who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2015, when he was 13 years old. Shiflett felt overwhelmed learning about the diagnosis and managing the disease, so she and her son wrote the book that they had wished they had. In the book, a practical guide, they apply a holistic perspective, recognizing how celiac disease affects the patient, family and friends. Learn more.


Invest in Me spotlight
VCU’s Invest in Me campaign raises funds to enhance the student experience. Funding for scholarships that reward excellence, open doors to opportunity and nurture talent. Funding that helps students extend their education beyond the classroom through enriching experiential learning opportunities. During the campaign, we are highlighting School of Nursing students who have benefited from your support.

“My name is Henneh Adjei. I am a proud father of a 2-year-old and I found my call to health care in the Army as a combat medic. The inner satisfaction I felt every time I took care of a casualty is what eventually brought me to nursing in my quest to make a career out of it. I cannot express enough my appreciation to receive a scholarship, especially in times like this, when COVID-19 has ravaged many sources of income for countless families.”

Learn more about the Invest in Me campaign.


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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