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New pathway offers students a faster option to earn nursing’s highest practice-focused degree [View Image]
New pathway offers students a faster option to earn nursing’s highest practice-focused degree

A new offering at Virginia Commonwealth University will provide students who have earned a bachelor’s in nursing a streamlined, more affordable way to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the highest clinical nursing degree. The State Council of Education for Virginia recently approved the VCU School of Nursing to offer a post-baccalaureate pathway to its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, with applications opening this fall. VCU’s new B.S. to DNP program allows students to take master’s- and doctoral-level courses in the same program to earn their DNP degree faster. Application opens Sept. 1 for enrollment in fall 2022.Read more »

School of Nursing recognizes its newest graduates [View Image]
School of Nursing recognizes its newest graduates

The School of Nursing recognized 201 new graduates at the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony on May 14 at the Siegel Center. This was the first in-person graduation since the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »

Grant from Helene Fuld Health Trust supports scholarships for master’s students [View Image]
Grant from Helene Fuld Health Trust supports scholarships for master’s students

Nicholas Santalucia is following his dream to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with support from a new grant aimed at providing scholarships for nursing students enrolled in the master’s program.Read more »

Hundreds of students are volunteering to administer COVID-19 vaccines [View Image]
Hundreds of students are volunteering to administer COVID-19 vaccines

With some VCU students already trained and others lined up for training, volunteers are ready to address the need for more COVID-19 vaccinators and take on roles that will serve them in their careers.Read more »

Undergraduate Fellows Program nurtures future nurse leaders and scientists [View Image]
Undergraduate Fellows Program nurtures future nurse leaders and scientists

Mary Appiah emigrated from Ghana to the U.S. and worked for nine years in property management before deciding to pursue an accelerated B.S. nursing degree at VCU. Alexandra Dahl earned dual degrees in psychology and anthropology from VCU, held various jobs, and traveled a bit before following her desire to return to VCU to attend nursing school. Duyen Phan left Vietnam to move to the U.S. and pursue a nursing degree at VCU in hopes of giving back to her community, especially Vietnamese who do not speak English. Appiah, Dahl and Phan are among 11 stellar students, representing diverse backgrounds and aspirations, selected for this year’s cohort of the School of Nursing’s Undergraduate Fellows Program. Read more »

Former combat medic and VCU nursing student prepares for the front lines of health care in the ICU [View Image]
Former combat medic and VCU nursing student prepares for the front lines of health care in the ICU

Sgt. Henneh Adjei’s call to serve began about 10 years ago. On Dec. 24, 2010, Adjei and a friend were out riding motorbikes in the U.K. when his friend crashed and was fatally injured. It’s a moment Adjei has replayed over and over throughout the years. “I called the ambulance, but they didn’t get there in time,” Adjei said. “Knowing what I know now, I could have saved his life, but I couldn’t. It was something that I dedicated myself to — to be able to know how to save lives.” Now a graduating student in the Accelerated B.S. in Nursing program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Adjei has devoted his life to making a difference in life-or-death situations and is confident his future career in nursing will further this work. Read more »

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