Dean's welcome

dean-headshot-2013 You’ve come to an extraordinary place. Our School of Nursing programs are ranked among America’s finest – and we’re getting ever better.

There's a lot going on. Our professors are recognized as scholars and leaders, and for excellence in the classroom and lab. Our staff members are dedicated and resourceful. And our students excite us all with their academic, clinical and service achievements, their energy, creative ideas, their original scholarship and budding leadership at a time of dramatic change in health care.

We are a key component of UVA Health System and committed to interprofessional education, compassionate care, nursing innovations and nurturing healthy work environments -- topics I speak about all the time.

And, of course, we’re all part of Mr. Jefferson’s university, a top-ranked institution, and a World Heritage site. The small, sophisticated city of Charlottesville – an easy drive from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, and nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains – is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the country.

Now you can see what attracted me to join this exceptional place seven years ago. Since then, we've finished a thorough $10 million renovation of McLeod Hall, home of our four nursing research centers, spacious classrooms and labs, two resilience rooms and a greatly expanded Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center. And nursing is on the Lawn's celebrated Pavilion IX – my family's home since 2011.

I invite you to learn more about what makes this School of Nursing so special – our people, our programs, our research and service – and how we’re growing stronger all the time. We also hope you’ll come for a visit to see for yourself why we’re all so excited to be here. 

Want more? Check out the 2014 State of the School address.  See you around Grounds!


Deans Signature
Dorrie Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean of the School of Nursing
Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, University of Virginia Health System