Practice and Community Engagement

We are a leader in standardizing patient care, advocating for health equity and revolutionizing nursing practices to protect public health.

The Office of Practice and Community Engagement is nationally-recognized for its community engagement initiatives and the transformative education students experience at community health sites.

Mission Driven

At the heart of the school's mission, vision and core values is our dedication to collaborative care, innovative solutions and responsibly educating tomorrow's nursing workforce. Our initiatives include wellness clinics for vulnerable and underserved communities, providing back-to-school physicals for local public school systems, free health screenings in remote-area clinics and preventive health coaching and education programs.

Developing Tomorrow's Providers

VCU nursing students learn alongside and collaborate with students from other VCU health science programs and disciplines, building a strong foundation for their future in interprofessional health care. Our students learn to deliver culturally competent and inclusive care, integrating their classroom lessons into their community experiences.

Community Engagement News

v.c.u. health hub

May 6, 2024

Many hands make right work

How the VCU Health Hub and School of Nursing team up to serve Richmond’s East End community.

lana sargeant

Feb. 19, 2024

VCU School of Nursing names associate dean of practice and community engagement

Lana Sargent, Ph.D. to lead the school’s practice and community engagement initiatives

pam parsons

Nov. 13, 2023

Pam Parsons, ‘a relentless champion’ for community health, dies at 67

Parsons, a professor in the VCU School of Nursing, was a nationally recognized expert on models of care for chronically ill older adults and medically vulnerable populations and was the founder of the VCU Mobile Health and Wellness Program.