University of Virginia Names Pamela Cipriano Interim School of Nursing Dean

University of Virginia Names Pamela Cipriano Interim School of Nursing Dean

The University of Virginia has named Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, the interim dean of the School of Nursing. She is currently a member of the school’s research faculty and has served two terms as the president of the American Nurses Association from 2014 until December 2018. She will assume her new position on August 1 and serve as interim dean until a permanent successor is named.

Cipriano has held a 40-year career in nursing with a focus on improving the quality and safety of services and the work environment for all staff. She has extensive experience as an academic medical center executive and previously served nine years as the chief clinical officer/chief nursing officer in the UVA Health System where she was responsible for inpatient and outpatient clinical services. The Health System was named an American Nurses Credentialing Center “Magnet” designation in 2006 under Cipriano’s leadership. 

Cipriano is well known for being an advocate for quality and growing nursing’s influence on health care policy and efforts to advance the role and visibility of nurses. She served as a public sector adviser in the US delegation to the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016 and currently serves as the first vice president of the International Council of Nurses.

UVA President Jim Ryan tells news.virginia.edu, “I want to thank Pam Cipriano for her incredible service, and for her willingness to step into this new role. Pam is a nationally recognized leader in nursing, and she’s been a strong advocate for nurses and patients alike for decades. While it will be difficult for anyone to follow Dorrie Fontaine, I know Pam will do a fantastic job, and I look forward to working with her.”

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University of Virginia School of Nursing Honored for Diversity

University of Virginia School of Nursing Honored for Diversity

The University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing recently received a Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which covers diversity in higher education. This was the first time UVA’s nursing school has been honored and they were among 35 health professions schools nationwide to receive a  2018 HEED Award.

Lenore Pearlstein, INSIGHT Into Diversity’s publisher, tells News.Virginia.edu, “The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees – and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion.”

Since establishing an initiative on Diversity, Inclusion, and Excellence Achievement (IDEA) in 2014, UVA’s nursing school has shifted its recruitment, admissions, and retention strategies to welcome more underrepresented and first-generation applicants, established affinity groups for students of color, initiated expansive diversity training for faculty and staff, and urged professors to incorporate diverse perspectives and inclusive content into their courses.

UVA nursing faculty and graduate teaching assistants attend trainings across a variety of diversity-related topics, and all nursing students take part in cultural humility training and a plethora of regular activities to drive the school’s message of inclusivity. In 2018, nearly a third of enrolled students are from groups underrepresented in nursing, and more than 17 percent are male.

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Nursing Program Expanded at Eastern Mennonite University

Nursing Program Expanded at Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University has recently grown its nursing program, in order to increase admissions and help with the nationwide nursing shortage. The Lisa Haverstick Memorial Nursing Laboratory was expanded and upgraded to allow the school to admit 16 more nursing students each academic year.

“We always have a wait list of qualified people who are unable to get into our program,” EMU Associate Professor Laura Yoder shared with VirginiaBusiness.com. With the expansion of the Nursing Laboratory, the average graduating class for the undergraduate nursing program will increase from 48 to 64 students, easing the wait list.

EMU has offered nursing degrees for over fifty years, including undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs and a doctoral program in nursing practice. Yoder shared that the private liberal arts college sees nursing as a calling, considering both the nurse-patient relationship and the faculty-student relationship throughout their nursing programs.

“We’re very concerned about values and what it means to think about the common good, and doing health care in a way that serves those who are in need and have difficulty accessing care,” Yoder said. “Many EMU nursing students serve low-income patients, refugees and immigrants.”

The nursing program expansion costs roughly $245,000. With $90,000 already raised, EMU anticipates raising the rest of the funds by the end of 2018.

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