William Russell is a master’s prepared Registered Nurse who recently joined the University of Virginia School of Nursing as clinical instructor for fourth-year nursing students. He has 23 years experience in Psychiatric Nursing including 7 years as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing in Rochester NY.  He is employed by the UVA Health System as a Psychiatric Nurse on the inpatient Psychiatric Care Unit. Mr. Russell is responsible for developing the staff education program on the unit in addition to his patient care responsibilities.

Honors and Awards

  • Psychiatry Medical Residents Nurse Colleague Award, (2013)

Clinical Focus

Helping people reach their optimal level of psychological health and well-being from a holistic perspective including teaching and encouraging the self-care physical, nutritional, social and spiritual needs.

Teaching Focus

Encouraging learners to explore collaborative care of patients while integrating current research and alternative treatment modalities in to their clinical experiences.


  • Member, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2005 - Present)
  • Member, International Society of Travel Medicine (1998 - Present)



Shelly, M.A. & Russell, W.D. (2012). Case # 982 Parasites in Pregnancy. In J. Wood (Ed.). Peri-FACTS [e-Journal]. University of Rochester.

Russell, W.D. & Shelly, M.A. (2012). Case # 982 Malaria in Pregnancy. In J. Wood (Ed.). Peri-FACTS [e-Journal]. University of Rochester.