Vickie Southall is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia where she teaches pediatric and community health nursing. She received her BSN from the Medical College of Virginia School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University and her MSN from the University of Virginia. She has worked on pediatric units in Richmond, Petersburg, and Charlottesville, for the Instructive Visiting Nurse Association in Richmond, and at several schools. She also does the payroll, taxes, and monthly accounting for a rural family practice.

Having had her first experience at UVA as a patient on the pediatric unit, she has taught pediatric nursing at UVA since 1985 and serves as UVA's representative to the state School Nurse Institute Partnership (SNIP). In 1997, she was offered the opportunity to combine her community service with her teaching and began also teaching community health in her hometown of nearby rural Louisa County. She has won four Innovative Teaching Awards and numerous community service awards. Her book, Guidelines for Specialized Health Care Procedures, was distributed to every public school in Virginia. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Child Health Partnership (formerly Jefferson Area CHIP), Volunteers of Louisa, and the Louisa County Santa Council (which assists 500+ families each year). Her community service activities include mentoring an elementary student each week, Family Assessment Planning Team, Community Emergency Response Team, Virginia School Health Advisory Board, Virginia Cooperative Extension Leadership Council, school volunteer, and founding member of the local Habitat for Humanity. 

Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Teaching Award, "You've Got Email: NCLEX Question of the Day", UVA School of Nursing Alumni Association (2007)
  • Community Builders Award, Grand Lodge of Masons of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2006)
  • Innovative Teaching Award, "The Baby Book: A Tool for Teaching and Learning", UVA School of Nursing Alumni Association (2006)
  • Sunrise Standout Community Service Award, NBC29 of Charlottesville (2006)
  • Chapter Service Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter (2005, 2000)
  • Louisa Schools Service Award, Louisa County Public Schools (2003)
  • Innovative Teaching Award, "Involving Students in Primary and Secondary Prevention Through Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings of Factory Workers", UVA School of Nursing Alumni Association (2002)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, (2004)

Recent Grants

  • "School Nurses as Professional Partners" (SNAPP) Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the US Department of Education. Served as UVA's representative in the consortium which obtained the grant, developed course content for the online course funded by the grant, and as UVA Faculty Facilitator for administration of the grant (2004-2010)

Clinical Focus

Pediatric nursing; community health; public health; school health; rural nursing.

Teaching Focus

Pediatric nursing and community health nursing.


Professional Service

  • Board of Directors, Child Health Partnership (2008-present)
  • UVA School of Nursing Representative, State School Nurse Institute Partnership (SNIP) (2000-present)
  • Virginia School Health Advisory Board (2006-present)
  • Faculty Counselor/Eligibility Chair, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter (2007-present; 2003-2005)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Louisa County (2005-present)
  • Reviewer/Contributer for "Manual for the Training of Public School Employees in the Administration of Medication", Virginia Department of Education (2006)
  • Strategic Planning Committee, Community Partners Group, Jefferson Area Comprehensive Health Investment Project (2007-2008)
  • Advisory Board, Partnership for Children--Bright Stars, Healthy Families, CHIP (2005-2008)

Public Service

  • Founding member, volunteer laborer, Family Selection Committee , Habitat for Humanity of Louisa (2001-present)
  • Board of Directors, Vice-Chair, Volunteers of Louisa (1999-present)
  • Community Representative--Develop Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), foster care prevention plans & make court recommendations for at-risk families and children in foster care, Family Assessment Planning Team (FAPT), county team required by state Comprehensive Services Act (1994-present)
  • Breakfast Buddy Mentor for elementary aged child, Louisa County Public Schools (1996-present)
  • Board of Directors, purchase clothing outfits for 500+ children each year, past President, Santa Council of Louisa County, Inc. (1988-present)
  • Louisa Extension Leadership Council--develop educational programs, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service (1995-present)
  • Management Team, Broadband Access Grant for Louisa County from VA Department of Housing & Community Development Grant (2008)
  • Comprehensive Plan Committee--Review School division goals and 6-year plan, Louisa County Public Schools (2007)


Journal Articles

Zabek, F., Lyons, M. D., Alwani, N., Taylor, J. V., Brown-Meredith, E., Cruz, M. A., & Southall, V. H. (2022). Roles and functions of school mental health professionals within comprehensive school mental health systems. School Mental Health, 2022, 1-18.

Southall, V. H., Wright, J. B., Campbell, T., Bassett, M .K., Strunk, J. A., & Trotter, S. (2017). School nurse evaluation: Developing a tool both school nurses and administrators can use. NASN School Nurse, 32(2), 87-90.

Southall,V. H. (2010). Baby books: A tool for teaching and learning. Nurse educator, 35(1), 8-9.

Southall, V. H. (2003). Nursing home buddies: A unique service learning opportunity. Nurse Educator, 27(3), 101-102.


Southall, V. H. (2017). Guidelines for healthcare procedures in schools. Virginia Department of Health.

Southall, V. H. (2016). Guidelines for healthcare procedures in schools. Virginia Department of Health.

Southall, V. H. (2004). Guidelines for specialized health care procedures. Virginia Department of Health.

Book Sections

Southall, V.H. (2012). Promoting the value and image of school nursing. In C. C. Costante (Ed.), School nurse administrators: Leadership and management (pp. 575-604). National Association of School Nurses.

Southall, V.H. (2011). Rural health concepts. In J. Creasia & E. Friberg (Eds.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (5th ed.) (pp. ). Mosby.

Southall,V. H. (2010). Rural Health Concepts. In Creasia,J. L., Friberg,E. (Ed.), Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice (5th ed., pp. ). Elsevier

Southall, V. H. (2007). Rural Health Considerations. In J. L. Creasia & B. Parker (Eds.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (4th ed., pp. 408-424). Mosby Elsevier.


  • “The SNAPP Project: Collaborating to Simultaneously Offer a Program at Six Universities to Better Prepare School Nurses” 
    Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE) Annual Institute, Atlanta, GA
    (June 6, 08)
  • "Marketing for School Nurses" 
    Invited paper presentation at the School Health Education Partnership sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education at Longwood University, Farmville, VA. 
    (February 7, 08)
  • "Empowering School Nurses"
    Invited paper presentation at the Virginia Association of School Nurses 24th Annual Conference, Richmond, VA 
    (June 10, 08)
  • "Women's Health" 
    Featured presentation at First Women's Conference, "Sisters Becoming Godly Women," Temple of Deliverance HCG, Mineral, VA. 
    (February 5, 09)
  • "Marketing School Nursing in the Language of Education: Communicating the Impact of Nursing on Academic Success" 
    National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference, Boston, MA
    (February 6, 09)