VCU Nursing Wins Awards at March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Gala

The VCU School of Nursing had several honorees at this year’s March of Dimes Virginia Chapter’s Nurse of the Year Awards Gala held recently at the Richmond Omni.

Winners were selected across 17 categories ranging from oncology to pediatrics.  More than 74 finalists emerged, all representing the March of Dimes vision for a healthier, stronger generation of babies and families.

VCU awardees are:

  • Shannon Storey, a senior nursing student – Rising Star/ Nursing Student of the Year Award.
  •  Valarie Castle (B.S. ’07), an alumna who currently works at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital – Cardiology, Med Surg and Critical Care Award.
  •  Kathleen Martin Bell, RN (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’11), an adjunct faculty member who works as a clinical nurse in Labor and Delivery at VCU Health System – Women’s Health Award.
  •  Judith A. Lewis, Ph.D., RNC, FAAN, professor emerita – Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is the second consecutive year that a VCU nursing student has won the Rising Star award.

Nurses are an integral part of the March of Dimes mission for stronger, healthier babies. The Nurse of the Year Awards is a statewide event that recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping to advance the mission of the March of Dimes.

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