From the dean
Dean Jean Giddens discusses what makes VCU School of Nursing a distinctive place to work and learn.
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing offers academic programs to educate nurses from entry level practice through the doctorate — all with the mission of improving health and the human condition through nursing research, education and service.
We enroll an average of 900 students and are located on the MCV Campus in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Our comprehensive health sciences environment includes a partnership with VCU Medical Center, a Level I trauma center with Magnet status.
Faculty members include both expert nurses who maintain their clinical practices and nurse scientists renowned for cutting-edge research designed to advance nursing knowledge. Their work has consistently ranked the VCU School of Nursing in the top tier of National Institutes of Health-funded nursing schools.
Our community engagement is another reason why we’re a top nursing school. Our faculty and students provide clinical services and health education at several community
clinics in Richmond’s public housing communities.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, post-master's certificate program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the VCU School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). In addition, the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, and post-master's certificate program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (http://www.acenursing.org/).
The pre-licensure nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/).
Wherever you are in nursing — considering it as a career, continuing your formal education or considering a relocation of your academic career — consider us the place for you.
Mission of the School of Nursing
The mission of the School of Nursing is to improve health and the human condition through leadership in nursing research, education and service. Therefore, we will:
- Sustain our tradition of leadership in educational excellence by preparing future scholars and leaders for nursing and health care
- Be a nationally influential center in the development, translation and dissemination of science in biobehavioral clinical research
- Be a national model for collaboration and partnerships between nursing education and nursing service in academic medical centers
- Be a national model for clinical scholarship (development and dissemination) in the use of simulation, technology and innovation for best practices in education and practice
- Provide services that benefit the profession and promote the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families and communities, as outlined in the VCU School of Nursing Diversity Plan
Philosophy of nursing
As both art and science, nursing is oriented to the provision of care that promotes the well-being of the people it serves. Nurses intervene to strengthen human responses to internal and external stressors in order to restore, maintain and/or promote the optimal state of health or facilitate a peaceful death. The faculty subscribe to the core values of caring, integrity, diversity and excellence. We hold as essential values personal and professional integrity and respect for all persons. We treasure innovation and creativity while engaging students within a climate that fosters continuous learning, interdisciplinary collaboration and professional accountability.
Guided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Nursing Education (2008, 2011), the faculty prepare students to practice and lead in a rapidly evolving health care environment. This philosophy is congruent with the mission of the university and its commitment to provide a stimulating environment for teaching, learning, research and service. It is also consistent with the fundamental beliefs about nursing and nursing’s contract with society as described by the American Nurses Association (ANA, 2010).