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Nursing students make service trip to aid Guatemalan villagers

Twenty members of Nursing Students Without Borders at VCU and two VCU School of Nursing faculty members traveled in January for health outreach to villagers in the Guatemala highlands, a center of indigenous people. The students discussed hypertension and diabetes for women and midwives and built stoves for Mayan families to help reduce the health risks associated with cooking over open fires. Read more.
Best of the Best

VCU’s online nursing master’s program ranked No. 1 in Virginia, No. 45 in nation

The VCU School of Nursing has been ranked the top online nursing master’s program in Virginia and in the top 50 nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. The school moved up from No. 3 last year in the state ranking and is tied at No. 45 nationally, having moved up from No. 97. View the rankings.

Scholarship makes SON student’s dream of becoming a nurse possible

At 45, Stephanie Cattie never thought she’d be back in college, but a family illness propelled her to consider a career in nursing, and a scholarship is providing the means to make that happen. Read more.

School of Nursing Alumni Award nomination deadline extended

The School of Nursing has five alumni awards that will be presented in 2020. Every year during Reunion Weekend, we recognize four alumni nominated by their peers for the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, Outstanding Nurse Practice Award, Outstanding Nurse Alumnus Award and the Outstanding Nurse Service Award.

We are pleased to announce a new award, the Paul A. and Veronica H. Gross Achievement in Nursing Award, that will be presented at the May 2020 graduation ceremony.

Please review the awards at the link below and nominate someone who merits an award this year. Nominations accepted through March 1.

Make a nomination.
New scholarship honors nursing student

New scholarship honors nursing student

Kevin Michael Dodge was the epitome of a fighter. The Fairfax, Virginia, native completed his first semester at the VCU School of Nursing and made the dean’s list, despite a diagnosis of stage 4 lymphoma the summer before he started. He passed away in February 2005 after a two-year battle with cancer. To honor him and support the education of future nurses, his parents, Jim and Kathy Dodge, and sister, Alisa, contributed $26,000 to establish the Kevin Michael Dodge Memorial Scholarship at the VCU School of Nursing. Read more.


11:30 a.m. Feb. 12: “The Black Angels: A Nurse’s Story” screening
This documentary follows 300 black nurses who were hired during a tuberculosis outbreak in 1929. Producer Denetra Hampton will present the film and discuss how the film was made. Screening is free; lunch provided. Please RSVP to Amber Yancey (B.S.’07/H&S), alumni relations and stewardship specialist, at by Friday, Feb. 7.

10 a.m.-noon Feb. 22: Spring Open House
Thinking about advancing your nursing knowledge? Mark your calendar for the School of Nursing’s Spring 2020 Open House. Learn about academic programs, meet faculty, staff and current students, and tour our state-of-the-art facility. Registration closes at noon Thursday, Feb. 20. Register now.

April 17-19: Reunion Weekend
Registration is now open for the 2020 Reunion Weekend! If your graduation year ends in 0 or 5, or you are grand alumni or St. Philip alumnae, come celebrate your years at the School of Nursing April 17-19. There will be events throughout the weekend to connect alumni with their classmates and to showcase all of the new and exciting things happening on the MCV Campus. Learn more about Reunion Weekend and register for events.


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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