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Lauren Goodloe elected secretary of CCNE Board

Lauren Goodloe, RN (B.S.’83/N; M.S.’88/N; Ph.D.’00/N), assistant dean for clinical operations, was recently elected secretary of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Board of Commissioners. In addition to her position at the School of Nursing, Goodloe serves as the director of medical and geriatric nursing and administrative director of nursing research at VCU Health. CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency dedicated to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and entry to practice nurse residency programs like the one at VCU Health.

New center focuses on quality, safety and innovation in health care

New center focuses on quality, safety and innovation in health care
During a presentation at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing on Oct. 29, American Academy of Nursing immediate past president Diana Mason, Ph.D., challenged attendees to envision a health care model that puts patient safety and quality care at the forefront.

“We have to redefine what we mean by health care and focus on improving the quality and safety of essential services,” Mason said. “The organizational culture and ethics of the health system are the keys to providers being able to live up to the expectations of patient-centered care. I see innovation and vision in its goals and I think it can be a leader for the rest of the nation.” Mason was speaking at the grand opening of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation, a new center housed within the School of Nursing that promotes patient-centered, population-focused and cost-effective quality and safety initiatives designed to improve health care. The center is named in honor of retired Dean Nancy Langston.

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Stephanie Ferguson inducted into the National Academy of Medicine

Stephanie Ferguson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (M.S.’87/N), international health care consultant, was recently inducted as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Ferguson is currently the director and facilitator of the International Council of Nurses Leadership for Change Program and the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute.

SON professors awarded endowed faculty honors

SON professors awarded endowed faculty honors
Two School of Nursing professors were awarded the VCU Medallion for Endowed Faculty Honors during a recent investiture ceremony. Marianne Baernholdt, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN, director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation, was recognized as the Nursing Alumni Endowed Distinguished Professor, and Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC (M.S.’84/N; Cert.’92/N; Ph.D.’04/N), director of practice and community engagement, was recognized as the Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey Distinguished Professor.

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Apply now for Ph.D. or DNP program

Thinking about going back to school for a doctorate? Check out the convenience of our online Ph.D. and DNP programs. The deadline to apply for both is Feb. 1. Learn more.

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