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This weekend, the nation will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Dr. Sandra “Sam” Cotton, Lt. Col (ret.), USAF Nurse Corps and a faculty member at the School of Nursing, will be one of two veterans to be honored during Star City’s annual Memorial Day observance. Cotton, will be the first female veteran honored during the annual observance and deliver remarks on the importance of Memorial Day in honoring the thousands of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and in particular, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Iraq war.

Improving Health and Quality of Life

The Mission of the WVU School of Nursing is to lead in improving health in West Virginia and the broader society through excellence in student-centered educational programs, research and scholarship, the compassionate practice of nursing, and service to the public and the profession. Start your journey with WVU SON today!

Dr. Tara Hulsey, Dean of Nursing

From The Dean

Tara Hulsey, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, was selected as Dean of the WVU School of Nursing by Chancellor for Health Sciences Christopher C. Colenda, MD, MPH, following a national search. Dr. Hulsey conducted a Q&A session about her position at WVU.

Student Spotlight

At the WVU School of Nursing, our students receive the education and experience to prepare them to contribute to improving the health and quality of life for citizens of West Virginia, the nation, and the global community. They qualify for internships and externships after their second year in nursing to enhance their learning experience. Our job placement rate is top notch and our alumni hold leadership positions around the country.

  • Sarah

    "WVU prepared me for my nursing career by teaching me to critically think and provide patients with holistic care. My leadership experience helped me build confidence about my nursing abilities in my desired discipline."

    Sarah Robinson, Recent Graduate
  • Joshua

    "I chose to complete my second degree at West Virginia University because the sense community and school pride empowers me to do things I did not think were possible."

    Joshua Wells, Second Degree Student
  • Casey

    "I am excited about the learning opportunity the clinical rotations will provide me in teamwork and working hands on with patients at WVU's level one trauma center."

    Casey Batt, Nursing Student

Our Progress Speaks For Itself

In our MSN programs we have 97-100% pass rates on national certification exams for Advanced Practice Nurses in all tracks. We were one for the first four DNP programs accredited in the country and continue to be a leader in distance education programs. Our undergraduate students are required to log 1100 clinical hours, 950 of these clinical experiences take place in an Academic Medical Center with Level I Trauma designation, while the remaining 150 clinical hours are performed in the community.

Research and Scholarly Activity

The focus of West Virginia University School of Nursing's research is reducing health disparities among rural Appalachians. It is through this ongoing work with adults, families, and communities that WVU's nurse researchers are positively impacting the health of West Virginians.

  • Dr. Laurie Theeke

    Dr. Theeke’s research focuses on loneliness as a biopsychosocial stressor that affects the health experience by contributing to inflammatory and immune responses linked to chronic illness, functional decline and mortality.

  • Dr. Kari Sand-Jecklin

    An Associate Professor in the WVU School of Nursing. As a nurse researcher and educator who is certified in advanced holistic nursing, her research interests are related to teaching/learning methodologies, holistic and complementary nursing care, and health literacy.

Start your future with WVU School of Nursing

The WVU School of Nursing remains committed to providing the highest levels of undergraduate professional nursing education, while expanding opportunities for graduate education.