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JMU to graduate nearly 150 new nurses during National Nurses Week

by Eric Gorton


A JMU nursing student in the UPCARE program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, trains at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray in spring 2019.


As a number of nursing organizations recognize the nursing profession this week, James Madison University will graduate 142 students from the School of Nursing on Friday. 

National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6 to raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and to acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. May 6 is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day. 

National Nurses Week ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). Nightingale was a celebrated English social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. 

"The JMU School of Nursing educates nursing professionals who are equipped to collaboratively navigate complex systems and situations," said Melody Eaton, head of the school. "Our profession has gained recognition as the shining star during the COVID-19 pandemic." 

Claire Rainville, who will graduate Friday, said, "Four years ago I made the choice to pursue a major in nursing at JMU. Although this path has been demanding, I can honestly say that all my professors have wanted me to be successful. The School of Nursing faculty has challenged me to become a better student, person and nurse." 

The school thanked nurses at all levels on its Facebook page: "Thank you for your dedication to the profession of nursing! Whether you are a nursing student, working in clinics/hospitals, teaching nursing, or in a nursing leadership role, you have contributed to being the foundation of care for our nation and the world during this extraordinary time. All of us work together for the good of humanity and we truly appreciate all that you do."


About the School of Nursing 

The James Madison University School of Nursing is achieving its vision to be nationally recognized for academic excellence and innovative contributions to healthcare. In response to an incredibly complex healthcare environment, students are engaged in interprofessional experiential learning opportunities from study abroad programs to civic engagement ventures working directly with policymakers on Capitol Hill. Exploring new innovations in JMU X-Labs and discovering new opportunities for interprofessional partnerships with African communities, the School of Nursing embraces “Being the Change!”


Media contact: Eric Gorton,, 540-908-1760. 


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Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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