Kathleen Rea (BSN '93, MSN '02), a clinical educator in nursing and clinical assistant professor, earned a 2022 Hoos Building Bridges Award, which was presented by UVA President Jim Ryan.


Jeanne Alhusen, associate dean for research and the UVA Health Professor of Nursing, was named to her alma mater's Society of Scholars, a 55-year-old association that honors Johns Hopkins University alumni who have achieved marked professional and scholarly distinction in their fields.

Jeanne Alhusen, Randy Jones, and Virginia LeBaron, all named endowed professors in 2022.
Alhusen, Jones, and LeBaron each earned professorships made official by the UVA Board of Visitors in June 2022.


Three new faculty members earned promotions: Jeanne Alhusen, associate dean for research, was appointed the UVA Health Professor of Nursing; Randy Jones (BSN '00, MSN '00, PhD '05), associate dean for partner development and engagement, and assistant director for community outreach and engagement at UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center, was appointed the Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor of Nursing; and Virginia LeBaron (BSN '96), associate professor, was appointed the Kluge-Schakat Professor in Compassionate Care.


Lee Ann Johnson, assistant professor, was one of 50 promising early career scholars selected for the NIH/NIMHHD's annual flagship Health Disparities Research Institute held in August.


In their ten-year analysis of Clinical Nurse Leader graduates published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, professors Emily Drake (BSN '85, MSN '03) and Gina DeGennaro (MSN '00, DNP '11) found that nine in ten CNLs were happy in their personal and professional lives and make "great investments" for hospitals due to their resilience and longevity.


UVA Health dedicated a piece of art titled "Together While Apart" donated by artist Deane Bowers, mother of nursing alumna Mary Bowers (BSN '19), to recognize healthcare providers for their bravery, service, and dedication.


Marianne Baernholdt, Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor, began her term as the School of Nursing's seventh dean, succeeding Pamela Cipriano, president of the International Council of Nurses, dean emerita, and a professor.

Prof. Beth Hundt poses with mannequin and pretend patient Mrs. Umal.
Professor Beth Hundt with "Mrs. Umal," a cardiac patient simulator, who challenges nursing students to investigate drug interactions.


No fewer than nine nursing faculty—including Ryne Ackard (pictured), Sarah Craig (MSN '10, PhD '14), Andrew Guertler, Samantha Hudgins, Beth Hundt (PhD '18), Jennifer Kastello, James Nisley, Richard Ridge (PhD '01), and Crystal Toll—participated at the Virginia State Simulation Alliance conference in Herndon, VA, by far the dominant nursing organization at the annual gathering.


Meghan Mattos (MSN '09), assistant professor, earned a $1.22 million NIH K76 award for her study of how an insomnia intervention affects rates of cognitive decline in older adults.

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The School's RN to BSN program was ranked the nation's number 4 online RN to BSN program by RNtoMSN.org, the latest accolade for the growing two-year program offered at three sites across Virginia. Associate professor Malinda Whitlow (BSN '07, MSN '11, DNP '13) directs the program.


Associate professor Emma Mitchell (MSN '08, PhD '11), director of Global Initiatives, earned a $1.2 million NIH R21/R33 grant to expand her novel mHealth app to bolster cervical cancer screening, treatment, and follow-up along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Jessica Keim Malpass


Associate professor Jessica Keim-Malpass (MSN '05, CNL '08, PhD '11. CERTI-PNP '22)—a translational nurse scientist and a Betty Irene Moore Foundation Fellow—earned a $1.2 million Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant to expand her investigation of the use and impact of predictive software CoMET on acutely ill cardiology patients.


At the Virginia Nurse Association's annual gala, assistant professor Vickie Southall (MSN '85) received the organization's Public Health Nurse Award for 2022. Southall, the School's longest-serving faculty member, is an award-winning community and public health professor.

VNA Award finalists also included Beth Epstein (BSN '94, PhD '07), associate dean for academic programs, a finalist for the Nurse Researcher Award; Kathryn Ballenger Reid (BSN '84, MSN '88, CERTI-FNP '96), professor, a finalist for the Nurse Researcher Award; and Elizabeth Taliaferro-Jones, who received an honorable mention for the Nurse Educator Award.

An image of CMNEB with a gold award over it.


The School's much-applauded baccalaureate program was again ranked the nation's number 10 public BSN in the country in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide 2023.

Community Advisory Board members at UVA Health neurology unit
Williams, second from left, with Community Advisory Board members who were assessing a UVA Health clinic in July 2022.


Associate professor Ishan Williams was part of a research team that earned a four-year, $5.9 million Bridge2AI grant from the NIH to develop a national, multi-center critical care infrastructure and open data science consortium to promote recovery from acute illness.

Williams is a social and behavioral scientist who studies interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers whose work is rooted in equitable and inclusive designs and community-engaged approaches.

Katrina Debnam, associate professor


Associate professor Katrina Debnam earned two grants from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: a two-year, $431,000 R21 grant to develop a psychometric tool that will improve outcomes and help-seeking behaviors of Black women who are victims of intimate partner violence; and a two-year $440,000 R21 grant focused on teen dating violence among Black girls and women that will build an understanding of how healthy romantic relationships are shaped and what internal and external forces influence them.

Read more about Debnam and her work.


Jessica Keim-Malpass (CNL '08, PhD '11, MSN '22) was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the School's 35th FAAN and 52nd national academies fellow among current and emeriti faculty.

Keim-Malpass and alumna Dallas Michelle Ducar (CNL '17, CERTI-PMHNP '19), also a new FAAN, were celebrated at the group's annual conference in Washington, DC.