With a determined focus on purposeful instruction in compassion and resilience, a nationally renowned interprofessional curricula, an emphasis on inclusivity, and a bevy of graduate programs ranked among the nation’s top 20, UVA Nursing is a destination for nurses at every stage.
Home to roughly 800 learners – half undergraduate and half graduate – students at every level conduct original research independently or as part of a team, benefit from lively leadership and ethics courses, engage closely with their School of Medicine peers, and enjoy the warmth and accessibility of nursing mentors and professors at the top of their professional game.
When not in class or clinicals, a phalanx of extracurricular groups – from the MAN (Men Advancing Nursing) Club to Nursing Students Without Borders – give students opportunities to bond with like-minded peers. Many also tap the battery of international programs to study and do nursing research abroad.
At the center of the school lies its 9,200 square-foot Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC) – a lab replete with cutting-edge high fidelity “patients” situated in mock hospital units – which offers state-of-the-art practice space for students to participate in simulated scenarios and hone their skills. For undergraduates, CSLC labs precede and run concurrent with clinical rotations, which begin during the spring semester of their second year. By graduation, undergraduates have spent more than the required 500 hours caring for patients, and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), also known as “boards,” required for licensure of every new nurse.
And UVA Nursing graduates are a sought-after talent pool. More than three-fourths receive at least one job offer prior to graduation, and graduates go on to work at the nation’s most renowned medical centers. Given their intellectual caliber, many choose to return to graduate school to develop a specialty, become nurse practitioners, nurse scientists, policymakers, and academics.
In an era in which nurses are central to patient advocacy and care, UVA nurses emerge ready and able to lead at the bedside, the boardroom, the lecture hall, and beyond. The school’s profound lessons in teamwork, cultural humility, and resilience and compassion make them much-desired colleagues. And, of course, the UVA pedigree always opens doors.