Welcome from the Interim Director
The James Madison University School of Nursing is achieving our vision to be nationally recognized for academic excellence and innovative contributions to healthcare. In response to an incredibly complex healthcare environment, our students are engaged in interprofessional experiential learning opportunities from study abroad programs in Tanzania, Malta, Costa Rica, and Spain, to civic engagement ventures working directly with policymakers on Capitol Hill. Exploring new innovations in JMU’s XLabs and discovering new opportunities for interprofessional partnerships with African communities, the School of Nursing embraces “Being the Change!”
Programmatically we excel! Our pre-licensure BSN program currently graduates 180 students per year and plans to expand by an additional 46 students in response to the growing healthcare needs of The Commonwealth. All BSN students engage in an interprofessional Health Policy Summit, an annual cross-discipline event highlighting a major current topic in healthcare. After receipt of a $2.7 million HRSA grant last year, our UPCARE scholars are immersed in rural Page County primary care, focusing on mental health and opioid addiction.
Our BSN completion program for registered nurses (RN to BSN program) is considered to be one of the top programs in the South, and was recently named #1 in Virginia and 22nd nationally by RegisteredNursing.org. The RN-BSN program has been responsive to our community needs, working with academic partners at the associate degree level to develop a dual degree program where students can co-enroll with a Virginia Community College of their choice and JMU to complete their BSN.
Our MSN Nurse Practitioner options counter the growing shortage of primary care providers. Our online Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Administrator MSN concentrations were named 30th in the nation for best online Masters Programs by US News and World Report. With the School of Nursing Health Policy Institute (HPI), our DNP students participate in an immersive Capitol Hill experience. The HPI’s impact, along with our undergraduate level Health Policy Summit research on political astuteness, resulted in national recognition with awards including the AACN Innovation in Professional Nursing Education. These innovations, viewed as an educational curricular best practice model for civic engagement and advocacy, were published in Peer Review and the research findings were featured in Nurse Educator.
Our faculty are committed to outstanding student outcomes and engage students from day one. This past year our faculty published 31 peer reviewed journal articles, provided 45 podium presentations, and 20 poster presentations of impactful work at state, national and international venues, often in partnership with our undergraduate and graduate nursing students. The School of Nursing truly is committed to “Being the Change!” We look forward to continuing to contribute to the future of nursing through exciting, innovative instruction and growing our JMU Nursing alumni family.
Melody Eaton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Director and Professor
James Madison University School of Nursing