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VCU School of Nursing celebrates 125th anniversary

VCU School of Nursing celebrates 125th anniversary

Pictured are Belle McLaughlin and Miss Bell in school uniforms in 1901.

VCU School of Nursing will mark its 125th anniversary this year with a variety of events to celebrate its tradition of being a leader in nursing education and research.

Founded in 1893 as the Virginia Hospital Training School for Nurses, the school has evolved from initially offering a diploma in nursing to currently offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. VCU School of Nursing has graduated more than 11,000 nurses and currently enrolls approximately 800 students annually.

“Our school’s history is rich with defining moments that contributed greatly to the development of nursing education and shaped who we are today,” said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and the Doris B. Yingling Endowed Chair. “We’re proud to mark our 125th year and celebrate the collective efforts of past leaders, faculty, staff, students and community partners for building such a game-changing legacy.”

To celebrate its anniversary, the school will host several 125th anniversary events throughout the year. 

In recognition of its anniversary, the school will share historical milestones each Monday on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Alumni and the community are invited to follow and participate in discussions, using the hashtag #VCUSON125. They can also visit this web page to stay up-to-date on celebration events. 

View the VCU School of Nursing 125th Anniversary Timeline. 


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