Elgin Cleckley and Maureen Metzger, recipients of a UVA All Faculty Teaching Award for 2021
Metzger and Cleckley - both assistant professors of nursing - were heralded in spring 2021 for their teaching prowess.


Professors Maureen Metzger and Elgin Cleckley were chosen from among the University's more than 2,400 educators for one of just two dozen 2021 All-UVA Teaching Awards.

Metzger, a nurse scientist, studies the needs of patients with kidney disease and their caregivers, and mentors a phalanx of undergraduate nursing students who are part of her research team. Cleckley, whose primary appointment is at UVA School fo Architecture, teaches design thinking and compassionate, empathic design. He co-directs the Equity Center's Democratization of Data Initiative. 


Kim Acquaviva, the Betty Norman Norris Professor of Nursing, was featured in a New Yorker video with her late wife Kathy Brandt, a hospice and palliative care expert, titled "Documenting Death," which focused on Acquaviva's day-to-day Twitter chronicles of caring for Brandt as she was dying.

Acquaviva is author of LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice (Columbia University Press: 2017), which received the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award in the Palliative Care and Hospice category. Currently, she’s working on a book about her experiences caring for Brandt about how her family navigated the healthcare system and the dying process.

Clareen Wiencek, palliative care NP and professor, at her desk
Professor Wiencek was AACN President from 2016-2018.


Professor Clareen Wiencek was eleted to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN) Certification Corporation Board for a three-year term. Wiencek, who directs the School's advanced practice programs, is past-president of the AACN.

from 2018 Hoos Inclusive photo campaign, an effort by the dean's Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion & Excellence Achievement initiative


The School's Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence Achievement initiative (IDEA) was one of 10 American nursing school progrms lauded for its robust response to George Floyd's murder by Indian University School of Nursing scholar Amelia Knopf. Knopf's study—which looked at American nursing schools' responses across six key themes—was published in the July-August 2021 Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Read more about IDEA's work here.


PhD candidate Veronica Bernacchi earned a grant from the Rural Nurses Association for her dissertation study on the unique needs of rural cancer survivors, their distinct support systems, and why their uptake of psycho-social referrals tends to be low.

Bernacchi worked with associate professor Pamela DeGuzman on a telehealth intervention pilot study for cancer survivors that resonated for many rural patients who'd finished treatment for their head and neck cancer. 

Instructor James Nisley instructs CNLs in the sim lab.


The Schools of Medicine and Nursing established a UVA Healthcare Simulation Collaborative to share assets and expertise. The partnership—a reaffirmation of both schools' commitment to interprofessional education—brings the total amount of available simulation space at the University to more than 30,000 square feet.

Mary Morton Parsons Director Ryne Ackard, assisatnt professor, will lead the collaborative as operations director.

Professor Virginia LeBaron
LeBaron earned a $3.4M NIH/NINR grant to study how smart-watches and home monitoring systems could monitor, relieve, and even predict cancer pain.


Associate professor Virginia LeBaron (BSN ’95) was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow at the group's Washington, D.C. ceremony by professor emeritus Kenneth R. White (CERTI ’13), Academy president. LeBaron's honor brings the School's national academy fellowships count to 50, and its number of FAANs to 33.

LeBaron is an NIH-funded scholar who studies novel approaches to cancer pain monitoring and management, and is the author of Cardinal Marks (Finishing Line Press: 2021), her first book of poetry.

Pam Cipriano, Dean, UVA School of Nursing


Dean Pamela Cipriano—two-term president of the American Nurses Association, first-vice president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor, and sixth dean of the School—was elected ICN president.

Cipriano—also named a "Top 10 Woman in Healthcare" by Healthcare Global magazine—began her four-year volunteer term as ICN president Nov. 4. Read more about Cipriano's professional life and leadership career here.