Lauren Goodloe, Ph.D., assistant dean for clinical operations in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing and nursing director at VCU Medical Center, died July 31 after a courageous, two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 56.
Goodloe joined VCU Medical Center 27 years ago as an oncology nurse, where she dedicated her career to the nursing profession and education. As a respected faculty member and assistant dean, Goodloe strengthened links between the School of Nursing and the medical center. She was a transformational leader. As nursing director for the departments of medicine and geriatric services and nursing research she served as the architect for the professional advancement program recognizing nursing excellence at the point of care.
Deb Zimmermann, DNP, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services, VCU Health System, and Jean Giddens, Ph.D., dean and professor, VCU School of Nursing, remembered Goodloe in a letter to the VCU Health and VCU communities.