VCU School of Nursing faculty member honored at Virginia March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Gala

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The March of Dimes Virginia Chapter recognized Jeanne Salyer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, for her contributions to congestive heart failure research and her dedication to nursing education at the Nurse of the Year Gala on Nov. 1.

Salyer, who has taught at the School of Nursing for more than 30 years, received the education, research and author award at the fourth annual event.

“Dr. Salyer is persistently seeking ways to make a difference in nursing care to optimize congestive heart failure patients’ quality of life,” said Kyungeh An, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems at VCU.

Salyer has taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes at the School of Nursing in addition to mentoring students in the doctoral program as their adviser and serving as a dissertation chair.

“She always keeps the office door open for students,” An said, adding that Salyer is a great mentor to less experienced faculty members as well. “Such mentoring upholds VCU School of Nursing’s reputation as a workplace where everyone can grow while they pursue their career in education, research and practice.”  

Along with Salyer from the School of Nursing, several VCU Health System employees also received awards. This year, more than 400 health care professionals attended the program that recognizes nurses who exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service.

The VCU Health System nurses who received awards were:

  • Sarah Calkins, nurse case manager in the Vascular Access Program in the VCU Medical Center, received the case management and employee assistance award.

  • Sharon Kent Cone, nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Critical Care Hospital in the VCU Medical Center, received the clinical nursing leadership award.

  • Shirley R. Gibson, associate vice president of nursing in the VCU Health System, received the executive nursing leadership award.

  • Aimee Reyes, clinical nurse in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the VCU Medical Center, received the rising star award.

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