To our School community:

I am grateful to be part of a place that cares deeply for its people. I’m grateful for everyone’s vigilance in keeping one another safe. I’m grateful for all who’ve gotten vaccinated, and those who’ve helped administer vaccines and tests, and done their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 during what may be a critical moment in the pandemic’s progress. I’m grateful for the ways we check in on one another and lift each other’s spirits. And perhaps more than anything, I’m grateful for all the ways we remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence for all we serve.

While I’m hopeful that each of you will gather with family and loved ones, know that your UVA family—and that’s your professors, our staff, and our communities of undergraduate and graduate students—is deeply appreciative of all you do to make our place one of strength.

Perhaps soon we won’t have to be preoccupied with the pandemic and the challenges we face. But we can reflect on the great progress we’ve made—together. As we enter this season of gratitude, take time to recognize all the ways we are improving health, compassion, and wellness.

Happy Thanksgiving, and see you on the other side of the holidays.

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Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor and Dean
President, International Council of Nurses
UVA School of Nursing