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The University of Virginia School of Nursing is a national leader in nursing education with a firm commitment to clinical excellence, robust research and evidence based practice, and to cultivating leadership in students and faculty. The school is part of a campus steeped in tradition with World Heritage architectural treasures. Growing international programs offer our diverse faculty and student body fresh opportunities for study and research. A developing interprofessional education program teams nursing and medical students in the classroom, in simulation exercises, and in clinical experiences. Too, the school is recognized for its rural health care research and programs and is home to one of the few dedicated nursing history centers in the United States. Other research strengths include complementary and alternative therapies with emerging strength in geriatrics and oncology.
The medical school Thomas Jefferson established in 1825 as the nation’s 10th has grown to become a renowned academic health system. The School of Nursing, founded in 1901, at the same time as the Medical Center, is part of the UVA Health System along with the School of Medicine, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, the Health Services Foundation, and the Medical Center. The Medical Center is an integrated network of primary and specialty care services ranging from wellness programs to the most technologically advanced care. At its hub is a 577-bed hospital, a state Level 1 trauma center, and the Emily Couric Cancer Center, which boasts unparalleled oncology care for patients from Virginia, across the country, and around the world. Today, the Medical Center continues to expand and will soon complete its Battle Children’s Hospital, at the corner of West Main and Jefferson Park Avenue, as well as a long-term acute care facility.
Situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is a sophisticated yet intimate city with small town flavor only an hour from Richmond and two hours from Washington, DC. Numerous national rankings recognize its charms, and it tops a range of lists as a “best place to live.” Direct flights, rail and bus links, and interstate highways make Charlottesville an easy hub. Once home to three founding father Presidents (Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, James Madison at Montpelier, and James Monroe at Ashlawn-Highlands), the city also claims two World Heritage sites: Monticello and the University of Virginia. Outdoor lovers find hiking, water sports, camping, while athletes love the running and cycling scene. Home of the Dave Matthews Band, the area’s cultural events include annual book and film festivals, the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra, the Paramount Theater, opera, bluegrass, live theater, and a broad spectrum of entertainment offerings at the John Paul Jones Arena.
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