Fourteen VCU nurses recognized for excellence

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VCU Health System honored 14 nurses from across the organization for awards and recognitions they’ve received from external professional nursing organizations.

On Thursday, these nurses were recognized at a ceremony and reception. This is the second year VCU Health System has hosted the event.


Diana Frye, Emergency Aviation Old Dominion EMS Alliance’s 2014 Regional Award for Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS

Jane Laverne, Operating Room Governor’s Award for Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS

Lauren Goodloe, Ph.D., Medical and Geriatric Nursing Virginia Nurses Foundation’s Nancy Vance Award

Kevin Brigle, Ph.D., Massey Cancer Center 2014 Oncology Nurses Society Pearl Moore’s “Making a Difference” Emerging Leader Award

Darlene Salvani, Bone Marrow Transplant Virginia Nurses Foundation’s Leadership Excellence Award for Frontline Staff Nurse

Denise Lynch, Medicine Administration VCU School of Nursing’s Outstanding Nurse Practice Award, MCV Campus

Kim Nelson, DNP, Cardiothoracic Surgery National Magnet Nurse of the Year for VCU Health System

Maureen Flattery, Heart/Lung Transplant 2014 Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners’ Founders Award

Aimee Reyes, Orthopaedics March of Dimes’ Rising Star Award

Jeanne Salyer, Ph.D., Adult Health and Nursing Systems March of Dimes’ Education/Research/Author Award        

Sarah Calkins, Vascular Access Program March of Dimes’ Case Management/Employee Assistance Award

Sharon Cone, Ph.D., Newborn Intensive Care Unit March of Dimes Nursing Leadership, Clinical Award

Shirley Gibson, DNP, associate vice president of Nursing March of Dimes’ Nursing Leadership Executive

Angela Starkweather, PhD, Adult Health and Nursing Systems American Academy of Nursing Fellow

“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work with such outstanding, accomplished clinical nurses,” said Deb Zimmermann, DNP, chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services, VCU Health System. “Excellence begins at the point of care, and it’s with these nurses that we are able to achieve our organizational goals.”


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