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Artistic rendering of Cabaniss Hall c. 1920s.

1920 Full-time Secretary-Treasurer and Inspector of Training 
Ethel Smith, a member of the Board of Examiners of Nurses, was elected to the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and Inspector of Training Schools at a salary of $100 per month. Her home at Craigsville served as the headquarters for the Board and all records were retained there during her tenure as Secretary-Treasurer.

1921 First Joint Convention of GNAV and VSLNE 
The first joint convention of the Graduate Nurses Association of Virginia (GNAV) and Virginia State League of Nursing Education (VSLNE) was held in Danville.

1922 Revision of the Nurse Practice Act 
The Nurse Practice Act was revised to provide for annual renewal of nurses' licenses to "distinguish them from undergraduates and untrained women." The law which authorized the licensure of attendants through July 1, 1922 was reenacted and provided for improved training programs.

1923 The Virginia State League of Nursing Education Disbanded. 
At the 1922 GNAV convention concern was expressed regarding the relationship of Graduate Nurses Association of Virginia (GNAV) to the Virginia State League of Nursing Education (VSLNE). It was thought by many that the two organizations had conflicting aims. The VSLNE was disbanded in 1923.

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GNAV members, 1924.

1923-28 Chair of Nursing Funded
During this five-year period the Association raised $50,000 to establish a Chair of Nursing at the University of Virginia to honor Sadie Heath Cabaniss.

1928 New Program offers Baccalaureate Degree
A five year combined academic and nursing course for students in Richmond leading to a baccalaureate degree was offered at Richmond Professional Institute-College of William and Mary. Stuart Circle Hospital School of Nursing participated in this program until it was discontinued in 1956.