Dean's welcome

Dean Fontaine You’ve come to an extraordinary place. Our School of Nursing is ranked among America’s finest – and we’re getting ever better.

There's a lot going on here. 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 the highly ranked UVA Health System and committed to interprofessional education. Our Compassionate Care Initiative enables us to cultivate resilient practitioners and stellar caregivers. 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 among 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 in 2008. That summer, we moved into the Claude Moore Nursing Education Building, and today, we've finished a $3.5 million renovation of McLeod Hall, home of our four nursing research centers, spacious classroom and lab space, 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 the School of Nursing the special place it is – 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 this year's State of the School address. And 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