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Gail Johnson receives March of Dimes Nightingale Award

Gail JohnsonGail Johnson, RN, CFE (B.S.'67/N; M.S.'76/N), is the recipient of the 2015 March of Dimes Virginia Nightingale Award and will serve as the honorary chair of the 2015 March of Dimes Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. 

The March of Dimes presents its Nightingale Award annually to a Virginia nurse who is also a successful business leader in the commonwealth. Johnson, who received the award at the Nightingale Night reception Jan. 29, was honored for her compassion, devotion to the community and the discipline of nursing, as well as for her entrepreneurial creativity and success. 
Johnson is the founder and owner of Rainbow Station, the nation’s premier provider of early education, school age recreation, emergency backup care and leadership development, as well as its franchising firm, PRISM LLC, and Rainbow Station International. She is also chair of the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Seeking military alumni items for Heritage Room

Military nurses and veterans: We need your help! The school is preparing our next exhibit for The Heritage Room, set to open in April 2015. We are interested in displaying nursing uniforms and memorabilia from WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm and Afghanistan. Photographs of alumni on deployment are much appreciated. To lend or donate items, please contact Kelly Gotschalk (B.F.A.'90/A; M.A.'97/A), director of annual giving and alumni engagement, at

Patricia Kinser and Candace Burton elected to NAP Distinguished Professorship

Left to Right: Patricia Kinser & Candice Burton
Patricia Kinser and Candace Burton

Patricia Kinser, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, RN (B.S.'03/N; Cert.'04/N; M.S.'04/N), assistant professor, and Candace Burton, Ph.D., RN, AFN-BC, assistant professor, both in in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, have been elected to the Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice. Designation as a distinguished practitioner, scholar and policy fellow within NAP is a high honor that acknowledges outstanding achievements. Members are elected by their peers from 10 different health professions.

The NAP is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on health care. Members work together as an interdisciplinary force to influence national health policy and legislation as well as promote quality health care through cooperative advocacy, practice, education and research. A formal induction ceremony will take place at the NAP annual meeting and forum, which is set for April 17-19.

Sign up for the VCU School of Nursing team and Massey Challenge at the Ukrop’s 10K

A VCU School of Nursing team will participate in the Massey Challenge as part of the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K on March 28. Michelle Lynn Wright, Ph.D., RN, a postdoctoral fellow and avid runner, organized the SON team to honor individuals who lost their battle with cancer and those who are currently battling the disease.

The Massey Challenge benefits the VCU Massey Cancer Center. One hundred percent of every dollar donated goes directly to fueling the center's cancer research. By accepting the challenge, participants become part of a community commitment to help save lives, support cancer research and honor someone they love who has battled cancer. 

If you would like to become a member of the VCU School of Nursing team or make a donation, please visit the SON team page. You can still join even if you are already registered for the race.

To read Wright's personal story on why she is leading SON's challenge, visit her personal page. 

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