Welcome Dean Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

An international scholar, mentor, and passionate advocate for quality and safety, Marianne Baernholdt has been named the School’s new dean effective August 1, 2022, succeeding Pamela Cipriano.

Baernholdt—past associate professor, Global Initiatives’ director, and director of the School’s Rural and Global Healthcare Center at UVA School of Nursing between 2005 and 2014—has dedicated her career to teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty, and as a leading scholar of care quality and safety, with a particular emphasis on factors affecting healthcare in rural-global environments. She is director of the Pan American Health Organization/ WHO Collaborating Center in Equality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery, a former U.S. representative for the International Council of Nurses steering group for rural and remote nursing, and earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Pace University, and the Bispebjerg School of Nursing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Before her UVA appointment, Baernholdt was associate dean for global initiatives and interim associate dean of research at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor at the VCU School of Nursing, where was founding director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation—a resource dedicated to providing the health community with education, activities, and resources that foster collaborative, patient-centered, cost-effective health care. Baernholdt, a native of Denmark, will be the School’s 7th dean.

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Third-year BSN student Noelle Kuhoric, 21—who died Feb. 12 of cancer—arrived in 2019 to the School of Nursing “a force from day one,” according to Theresa Carroll, senior assistant dean for admissions and student services. Fellow third year Deja Parker (BSN ’23), who read a tribute at a remembrance ceremony in the Fontaine Resilience Garden, called her “my beautiful friend . . . pretty on the inside and out.”

A leader during high school and college, Kuhoric established “Noelle’s Knockout Foundation” a year before her death to help immigrants in need with food and other necessities. Noelle is survived by her loving family, including her parents, James and Bonnie Kuhoric, of Seaford, Del., as well as legions of friends at UVA and beyond.

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UVA School of Nursing’s ascent in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School Guide rankings was notable: master’s programs shot up six spots overall to No. 13, the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs leapt nine places to No. 15, and the Family Nurse Practitioner subspecialty earned a No. 10-in-the-nation spot.

Among its public peers, UVA’s nursing rankings were single-digit strong: its MSN tied for No. 6 overall, its FNP was ranked No. 6, and its DNP tied for No. 9.

Of note in the 2023 methodology was the use of an assessment score from healthcare professionals, which accounts for 10 percent of schools’ overall scores. A reputational score gleaned from the opinions of American nursing school deans and associate deans accounts for 30 percent of the master’s ranking score. Research activity accounts for one-quarter of ranked schools’ scores, faculty resources and credentials account for another quarter, and program selectivity and size account for the remaining 10 percent of the master’s rankings.

While Dean Pam Cipriano called UVA's rankings leap “affirming,” she added that “what really counts is where we are headed, both individually and collectively, as we continue our quest to be both great and good: as learners, educators, clinicians, scientists, helpers, and leaders.”

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