School of Nursing Global Initiatives Office


UVA students with community members summer of 2012 working with the Water & Health In Limpopo (WHIL), South Africa, project.

A revolving door to the world.

We live in a world where ancient tribal cures hold fresh interest for modern researchers and healers; where a poultry virus in Asia ignites concern for a global pandemic; where civil wars in Africa generate refugees in Virginia; where teams of health care providers are dispatched quickly worldwide to provide relief in times of disaster; and where the Web can offer prevention and treatment information anywhere to anyone able to access it.

We are enthusiastic about preparing our nursing students to embrace both the challenges and the exciting opportunities of our global community and to be enriched by programs that involve them with the people, cultures, and health care of our neighbors worldwide. We especially value programs that intertwine education, research, practice, and service.

Guiding principles and commitments of our study abroad and international programs

For more information contact:

Jewel Holmberg
Program Coordinator of SON Global Initiatives

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Former UVA School of Nursing Global Initiatives Director Dr. Marianne Baernholdt and former UVA Education Abroad Advisor Christine Parcells wrote an article about the UVA School of Nursing's global curriculum development work, which was recently published in the Journal of Nursing Education. Read the full article here.

The School of Nursing Global Initiatives were featured in the Spring 2012 Legacy. Read through the five page spread to get a snapshot of the work our alumni, faculty, and students are doing abroad, and to get an idea of the global opportunities available at the School.

Other articles related to the School of Nursing's Global work, published in professional journals:

Rigney, D., & Baernholdt, M. (January/February, 2013). Using Problem Solving For Better Health Nursing in a CNL Program. Journal of Professional Nursing29(1), e10-e13.

Baernholdt, M., & Cottingham, S. (2010). The Clinical Nurse Leader – New nursing role with global implications. International Nursing Review, 1-5. ‌