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Fall 2019 Recognition Ceremony Information
Fall 2019 Recognition Ceremony Information

The VCU School of Nursing Fall 2019 Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. and the universitywide ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Please view important details for both events.

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 RN to B.S. graduate comes full circle to help other community college students earn their bachelor
RN to B.S. graduate comes full circle to help other community college students earn their bachelor's

You could say that VCU School of Nursing clinical assistant professor and alumna Tracye Proffitt (B.S.’02/N, M.S.’06/N) has come full circle in her new job as coordinator of the RN to B.S. program. A graduate of Rappahannock Community College who began her career as a registered nurse, she’s the perfect example of how the RN to B.S. program works … and how it works even better now for students at Rappahannock and Southside Virginia Community Colleges because of a recent concurrent enrollment agreement that paves a faster, more efficient path to the bachelor’s degree.

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Recover, rebuild and regain - Ai Garner triumphs over trauma
Recover, rebuild and regain - Ai Garner triumphs over trauma

The road to recovery after escaping from Vietnam during her childhood had an unexpected bright side for Ai Garner. The Saigon, Vietnam native ended up in the nursing field after experiencing life on the run from Viet Cong soldiers, spending time in a refugee camp and later immigrating to America with her mother in search of a better life. Her life’s journey fueled her current path toward becoming a psychiatric and mental health nursing practitioner.

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Kimberly Curry-Lourenco strives to remain on the forefront of simulation education
Kimberly Curry-Lourenco strives to remain on the forefront of simulation education

There’s a saying in education that we are preparing students for a future we cannot see. For Kimberly Curry-Lourenco, Ph.D., M.Ed., RN, CHSE, that future is clear. Curry-Lourenco, who joined the VCU School of Nursing as director of the Clinical Learning Center in October 2017, is responsible for overseeing the center and leading new initiatives to ensure the School of Nursing is a national leader in simulation. More recently, she was also appointed assistant dean of academic affairs. “My goal for both of my roles is to work alongside faculty and staff to create the future of nursing by what we do every day,” said Curry-Lourenco. “Our work today is really about tomorrow. From our academic programs, to the learning experiences we offer our students, partnerships we cultivate, and our own development as educators, scholars, and clinicians, I want VCU SON to lead the way. “

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Vesting ceremony welcomes students to their start in nursing
Vesting ceremony welcomes students to their start in nursing

Excitement and smiles filled the room as the School of Nursing recently welcomed members of the traditional B.S. class of 2021 to the start of their journey in the nursing profession. The Spring 2019 Vesting Ceremony was held in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium.

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Careers in education and foreign service lead two brothers to nursing degrees
Careers in education and foreign service lead two brothers to nursing degrees

Before brothers Will and Christian Hayes entered nursing, they had 10-year careers behind them dedicated to the service of others. Their combined experience includes international aid research, education, volunteer work for at-risk populations and EMT training. The Richmond natives, who hold undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech, both graduated in December 2018 from the VCU School of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s degree program. Both currently work at VCU Health in intensive care.

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