Summer 2022 News Briefs


Deanna Bowers Mary Bowers Together While Apart
UVA Health dedicated a piece of art donated by artist Deane Bowers to recognize healthcare providers for their bravery, service, and dedication.


On Monday, June 27, UVA Health dedicated a piece of art donated by artist Deane Bowers to recognize healthcare providers for their bravery, service, and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Together While Apart art project was created by 19 different artists from nine different states during the height of the pandemic as a way for the artist community to connect in their isolation.

However, because Deane’s daughter Mary Bowers graduated from the UVA School of Nursing in 2019 just before the pandemic began, Deane Bowers felt that the artwork had a larger meaning and offered a message of hope and thanks to all healthcare professionals for their service. 

The artwork is located at the entrance of the Primary Care Center in the Medical Center.

Assistant professor Lee Ann Johnson
Johnson studies lung cancer patients' comorbidities and is working on a big-data informed approach to end-of-life decision making.


Assistant Professor Lee Ann Johnson is one of 50 promising early career scholars selected for the NIH/NIMHHD’s annual flagship Health Disparities Research Institute, which takes place in August 2022.

As part of the institute, Johnson and her peers will take part in lectures on conducting research with minority health and in health disparities, join in small group discussions, do mock grant reviews, and attend seminars.

Driven by the deaths of her close family members from lung cancer, Johnson—a nurse scientist and Fulbright Scholar alumna—studies palliative and end-of-life care outcomes in patients with advanced lung cancer, one-third of whom report high levels of stigma associated with their disease, a factor that impacts their care and likelihood of seeking the relief of palliative and end-of-life care. Prior to her arrival at UVA, Johnson earned funding from the American Cancer Society, the Hillman Foundation, and the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. read more >>

Pam Cipriano, UVA's sixth nursing dean
Former Dean Pam Cipriano was feted by her alma mater last June.


Former Dean Pam Cipriano, the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor and UVA School of Nursing's sixth dean, was celebrated by her alma mater with the Alumna Summa Laude Dignata, its highest award for alumni, for her service and leadership on June 9, 2022.

At the celebration, she also offered the convocation address for graduating nurses in UW School of Nursing's class of 2022. read more >>


UVA School of Nursing professor Jeanne Alhusen
Associate Dean Alhusen Named to JHU's Society of Scholars


The celebrated Jeanne Alhusen—an NIH-funded nurse scientist and the School's associate dean for research—has been named to her alma mater's Society of Scholars, a 55-year-old association that honors Hopkins alumni who have achieved marked professional or scholarly distinction in their fields.

Alhusen's research was the first to demonstrate, on a population-based level, the effects of violence during pregnancy on an infant's risk of being born small-for-gestational age, and her research is included in the U.S. Preventative Services tasks force's recommendations on screening for intimate partner violence as well as its guidelines to prevent perinatal depression. She has recently focused her work on the reproductive experiences of women with disabilities, and, in June 2022, published a new study that found that disabled, pregnant women were nearly three times more likely than their non-disabled, pregnant peers to experience intimate partner violence. 

Alhusen—who earned a PhD in nursing from Hopkins—was nominated by Hopkins' School of Nursing Dean Sarah Szanton, a scholar of aging. read more >>


Kathleen Rea and Abby Self, Hoos Building Bridges awardeesKathleen Rea (BSN ’93, MSN ’02), a clinical educator in nursing, clinical assistant professor of nursing, and a clinical nurse specialist on UVA Health's 5 Central, is a caregiver and teacher whose support of students, faculty, and the School's teaching and learning mission, said nominator professor Gina DeGennaro, is critical.

Senior assistant dean Abby Self, nominated by Dean Pam Cipriano and Beth Epstein, ensured that the School established protocols and processes to meet protection, testing, contact tracing, and policy compliance requirements driven by COVID-19.

Rea and Self were among those earning a 2022 Hoos Building Bridges award.

"Too often, our work at UVA is siloed, with everyone doing their own thing in their own way," said Jim Ryan, UVA president, in an email. "Bridge-builders like you break down those silos and find ways to make us more efficient and effective."

Jeanne Alhusen, Randy Jones, and Virginia LeBaron, all named endowed professors in 2022.
ENDOWED PROFS Alhusen, associate dean for research, Jones, associate dean for partner development and engagement, and LeBaron, associate professor.


Jeanne Alhusen, Randy Jones, Virginia LeBaron, and Dominique Tobbell—all School of Nursing faculty—have been named endowed professors at UVA.

Alhusen is the UVA Medical Center Professor of Nursing; Jones is the Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor of Nursing; LeBaron (BSN `94) is the Kluge Schakat Professor in Compassionate Care; and Tobbell is the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing. read more >>

Yaa Awusi Sarkodi, BSN class of 2022, receives the Sydney Algernon Award at 2022 Valediction.


Congratulations to Senior Assistant Dean Theresa J. Carroll, recipient of the Gordon F. Rainey Jr. Award for Vigilance to the Student Experience from the Society of the Purple Shadows, and BSN Class of 2022's Yaa Awusi-Sarkodi, who earned the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for exceptional students. read more >>

Assistant Professor and UVA Public Service Award winner Sharon Veith, Westhaven nursing clinic nurse.


Sharon Veith won the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Service for 2022. She has been the UVA School of Nursing's liaison to Charlottesville’s Westhaven neighborhood for more than five years, working with community members, steering committee partners, and many agencies that serve within the community.

Veith epitomizes the award’s purpose: “to recognize a faculty member whose work demonstrates the greatest positive impact in a particular place or community and who has undertaken that work together with students.”

Veith was among those who was instrumental in guiding nursing undergraduates on their community health clinical rotations deploy COVID-19 tests and administer vaccines at public health clinics throughout the pandemic. read more >>

Sarah Craig, assistant professor


Nursing is a field that naturally lends itself to empathy. Sarah Craig’s experience as a first-generation college student taught her to find ways to support students’ success, part of which is “creating a safe learning environment where students feel valued,” she wrote.

Craig—an assistant professor of nursing and director of the School's award-winning Clinical Nurse Leader program—was one of nine UVA faculty chosen from among the University's more than 2,400 professors to earn an All-UVA Teaching Award from Provost Ian Baucomb in May 2022. read more >>

Ren Capucao, PhD student and nurse historian


We congratulate PhD candidate, clinician, and nurse historian Ren Capucao (CNL `19), who earned a Fulbright award in support of his dissertation study "Pressed into starched whites: nursing identity in Filipino American history."

Ren will use the scholarship to travel to the Philippines this coming academic year to continue his investigations. read more >>


Pam Cipriano, Dean, UVA School of Nursing


Dean Pam Cipriano became the International Council of Nurses’ 29th president after serving as ICN’s first vice president between 2017-2021 and two terms as president of the American Nurses Association from 2014-2018. In December, Cipriano was named one of the “Top 100 People to Meet in 2022” by Virginia Business.

the 2021 nursing student career fair
Photo courtesy of Senior Assistant Dean Theresa Carroll.


After a two-year hiatus, the School’s annual career fair again brought together more than one dozen health systems from across the region with masked, job-seeking students. 


Duke University professor Ryan Shaw—a nurse scholar who studies digital health and the use of wearable devices to monitor chronic conditions—delivered the 2021 McGehee Lecture.


Self-Care for New and Student Nurses bookSelf-Care for New and Student Nurses—written by Dean Emerita Dorrie Fontaine, Assistant Professor Natalie May, and former Compassionate Care Initiative Director Tim Cunningham (MSN ’09)—was named one of the American Journal of Nursing’s “Best Books of the Year.”



The deadline for the traditional BSN program saw 1,826 applicants for 80 spots.


Clinical Professor Jann Balmer, co-lead nurse planner for continuing education at the School, received the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions’ 2022 Miller-Wentz Lifetime Achievement Award.


Woodard Clinical Professor Richard Westphal (PhD ’04) and Brodie Professor Margaret Plews-Ogan earned a $2.14M HRSA grant to expand their nationally lauded well-being and peer support training program to more than 10,000 clinicians, healthcare staff, and students across central Virginia. 

Professor Cathy Campbell in a mask
Photo courtesy of Kay Taylor, UVA Health


Professor Cathy Campbell—department chair, a Fulbright Global Scholar alumna, Buddhist chaplain, hospice nurse, and end-of-life scholar—received UVA Health’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Award, the health system’s highest diversity award. 

Brandeis scholar Wangui Muigui
Brandeis University scholar Wangui Muigai spoke before a huge virtual audience at a Bjoring Center history forum on Black midwifery.


The Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry’s 5th annual Randolph Nursing History Conference featured award-winning writer Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage, and dozens of other presenters, drawing more than one hundred virtual attendees.

The conference followed on the heels of a forum on Black midwifery with scholars Wangui Muigai, Michelle Drew, and Gertrude Fraser which attracted more than 120 attendees. A recording of the Black midwives forum is available online.

BSN students at the Evidence Based Practice poster session for their REAL class.


More than 80 third-year students presented their Evidence Based Practice posters in person, the culminating assignment in Professors Meghan Mattos (MSN ’09) and Kathryn Reid’s (BSN ’84, MSN ’88, CERTI-FNP ’96) REAL (Research, Ethics, Advocacy, and Leadership) class.


Associate Professor Pamela DeGuzman (BSN ’96, MSN ’00, PhD ’12) discussed the creation and deployment of her novel, nurse-led intervention for rural cancer survivors as part of a National Coalition for Cancer Survivors forum.

Three US News and World Report rankings badges for the School of Nursing's top-ranked MSN, DNP, and FNP programs


U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Grad Schools guide ranked UVA’s graduate nursing programs among the nation’s top two percent.


Nurse scientist Kamila Alexander, the 2022 Zula Mae Baber Bice Lecturer, delivered her talk “What does justice look like? Designing for health equity in violence research.”


The Social Work, Hospice, and Palliative Care Network chose Betty Norman Norris Professor Kim Acquaviva—an award-winning teacher and palliative care and hospice expert—for its 2022 Project on Death in America Career Achievement Award at its General Assembly in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Marianne Baernholdt, 7th nursing dean


Provost Ian Baucomb and UVA Health CEO and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs Craig Kent announced that Marianne Baernholdt—an international scholar, award-winning mentor, and expert in quality and safety—was chosen as UVA School of Nursing's 7th dean. Dean Baernholdt, a former faculty member at the School and director of its Global Initiatives, comes to the School from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was the associate dean of global initiatives, the interim dean of research, and a founding director of UNC's Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization-Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery.


National decision day for first-year students arrived, and with it the School formalized its BSN Class of 2025, which includes 80 students, including five men, 31% first-generation students, 48% non-white students, and 21 students from out of state. In all, 1,822 applications were received.

UVA Teaching and Public Service Award winners professors Sharon Veith and Sarah Craig
Veith, left, is clinic nurse at Westhaven and an assistant professor; Craig is an assistant professor and directs the CNL program.


Two faculty members were honored for their teaching and mentoring prowess and innovation. Sharon Veith, an assistant professor and the Westhaven Community's clinic nurse, received the UVA Award for Excellence in Public Service. Fellow faculty member Sarah Craig (MSN '10, PhD '14), an assistant professor and CNL program director, earned the 2022 All-University Teaching Award.

Amelia Kirby CNL 22


CNL student Amelia Kirby received the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environment’s Student Nurse Environmental Health Leadership award for her development of the Planetary Health Report Card for nursing at the organization's 2022 conference.


278 nursing students earned degrees at UVA’s 193rd Final Exercises, which were held in person on the Lawn and the North steps of the Rotunda.


Dean Pam Cipriano received the University of Washington’s Alumna Summa Laude Dignata (“alumna/us worthy of the highest praise”) award, presented annually to a former student whose work has attained national or international prominence. It is the highest honor bestowed by the university.