You don't need a fancy title to lead.

Pam Cipriano, Dean, UVA School of NursingEvery day, nurses solve problems, show compassion, do the right thing (and do things right), develop trusting relationships, inspire collaboration and connection, and celebrate success with others. In the pages that follow, you’ll meet nurses who lead by example, make meaningful impacts, demonstrate tenacity and grit (even before those were popular terms) as they step into uncharted territory, take risks, and demonstrate fearless leadership. These are UVA nurses.

For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege to be at the helm of our School and have come to appreciate the extraordinary nature of our graduates. I’ve seen their curiosity, innovation, resilience, and courage reflected in their amazing careers and successes. I’ve also witnessed the incredible dedication to academic excellence of our faculty who care deeply about their students, advancing the profession, and making UVA stand out as a place living its commitment to be both great and good.

For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege to be at the helm of our School and have come to appreciate the extraordinary nature of our graduates.

Dean Pam Cipriano

In this, my last Virginia Nursing Legacy message, I offer thanks to everyone who makes our greater UVA nursing community a place of camaraderie, pride, and respect. We honor our past and the pioneers who have broken barriers. We encourage one another to be courageous while also recognizing that being bold may come with personal risk. We acknowledge that all is not well in nursing and strive to make it better. We are undaunted in our desire to help others. We look to the future, to new discoveries, and resolve to remain strong and challenge one another. And we are grateful to our incredible donors who help us along the way. 

Together, we lead on: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. We soon welcome back Dean Marianne Baernholdt, a wonderful friend and leader who will have the honor of working with all of you in the next phase of our journey together.

With gratitude and best wishes for continued success,

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Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, International Council of Nurses
Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor and Dean
UVA School of Nursing
@PamCiprianoRN