SON names new Collins-Teefey Distinguished Professor.
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Pamela Parsons named Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey Distinguished Professor

Pam ParsonsPamela Parsons (M.S.‘84/N; Cert.‘92/GNP; Ph.D.‘04/N), clinical associate professor and director of practice and community engagement in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, has been appointed the Judith B. Collins and Joseph M. Teefey Distinguished Professor at the VCU School of Nursing. The Collins-Teefey Distinguished Professorship was established to honor Judith B. Collins, M.S., RN, WHNP, FAAN (Cert.'75/N), for her distinguished career and lifelong commitment to women’s health and leadership on the faculty of the VCU School of Nursing, and her husband, Joseph Teefey, for his professional and personal commitment to health care, financial contributions to and leadership in establishing the distinguished professorship. An investiture ceremony is planned for the spring. 

Parsons is currently the project director of the HRSA Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-funded Richmond Health and Wellness Program for Older Adults. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Old Dominion University and a master’s in nursing, gerontological nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate and Ph.D. in nursing from the VCU School of Nursing.

Alumni among Best Bedside Manner honorees for OurHealth magazine

VCU School of Nursing alumni were among the 2014 Best Bedside Manner honorees presented by OurHealth magazine. In the nurse practitioner category, Julie Shotwell, RN, CPNP (M.S.’05/N; Cert.’05/N), and Donna Mitchell, RN, CPNP (M.S.’88/N), of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU tied for third place, and George Proffitt, NP-C (B.S.’02/N; M.S.‘05/N; Cert.'05/N), of the Colonial Heights Medical Center earned honorable mention. The awards honor medical providers who were voted by the local community for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness. 

Kenneth White publishes commentary in Frontiers of Health Services Management

Kenneth White, Ph.D., APRN, FACHE, FAAN (B.S.'95/N; M.S.'95/N; Ph.D.'96/AHP), associate dean of strategic partnerships and innovation at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, recently published “The Future of Nursing Leadership: A Commentary” in the winter 2014 edition of Frontiers of Health Services Management. The journal is published quarterly by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Pursue a Ph.D. at your alma mater

It’s the start of a new year – a time when many people want to start a new chapter in their professional growth. If you’re thinking about going back to school, consider our Ph.D. program, where you’ll take classes led by renowned nurse scientists and partner with them on cutting-edge biobehavioral research. They’ll be your mentors throughout the program. And with our limited on-site requirements, you’ll get a taste of campus and personal time with faculty, too – all while enjoying a flexible online format that allows you to earn your degree from just about anywhere. Intrigued? Learn more. 

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