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Shining a light 135 years FOR

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Anniversary Gala honoring Dean Gail Stuart's Legacy 2002-2018

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LIFELINES Volume X, Issue 2 • Fall/Winter 2017




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odal events such as births, graduations, weddings and anniversaries are special times for individuals, families, and communities and also schools of nursing. So it is with immense delight that I share with you that in 2018, the MUSC College of Nursing will be celebrating its 135th Anniversary! That is a true milestone for any college of nursing, and we will rejoice in this accomplishment under the theme of “135 Points of Light.” And just to put things in perspective, I thought I would look back and see what was going on in the world when our school of nursing was opening its doors for the first time. Here are some of the events of that took place in 1883. • The Metropolitan Opera House opened in New York City. • Four standard time zones for the continental U.S. were introduced at the instigation of the railroads. • Sojourner Truth preacher, abolitionist, and women's rights advocate died. • The Ladies Home Journal began publication. • The first U.S. vaudeville theater opened in Boston. • The first telephone call was made between New York and Chicago. • The Brooklyn Bridge was opened by U.S. President Chester Arthur and N.Y. Governor Grover Cleveland. • Slavery was banned throughout the British Empire. • The Orient Express traveled from Paris to Istanbul in almost 78 hours on its maiden run. • The first coed higher education institution in the U.S., Oberlin College, began classes in Ohio. My how the world has changed and how our small diploma program school opened with $2,000 in 1883 has blossomed into the national nursing education leader it is today! Anniversaries also can be times of transition and thus I want to share with you the news that, after great consideration, I have decided to retire as dean of the MUSC College of Nursing on June 30, 2018. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me to make, as the MUSC College of Nursing has been both my passion and my source of pride since I assumed the position of dean in 2002. But for professional and personal reasons, I think it is time for me to step down and allow the College to shine it's “135 points of light” even brighter under new leadership. The plan is to have a new dean appointed and ready to take my place by July 1, 2018, thus making for a smooth and effective transition. That said, I still have months of activity and goals to pursue, which I will do with unmatched energy and enthusiasm! During that time, I hope our paths will cross – specifically on February 23 at our 135th Anniversary Gala at the South Carolina Aquarium. I am looking forward to celebrating our 135 years of pride, honor, and commitment with you that evening as we continue to “Take Nursing Higher.”

Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean and Distinguished University Professor



FEATURE SHINING A LIGHT . . .................................................................... 4 The college spreads light and care on local and global communities.

DEPARTMENTS DEAN’S COLUMN................................................................. 1 AROUND THE COLLEGE.................................................. 16 FOCUS ON FACULTY......................................................... 18 STUDENT SPOTLIGHT. . .....................................................23 ALUMNI CONNECTIONS................................................. 30 GIVING BACK . . .....................................................................32 MUSC HEALTH NEWS...................................................... 38 LINES OF LIFE.....................................................................40

Shining a light

The College of Nursing will celebrate its 135th anniversary in 2018. Our theme to mark this important milestone is “135 Points of Light.� On the following pages, we will shine a light on the amazing work of our faculty and students and the impact they are making both locally and around the globe.


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une 17 and 18 seem like just consecutive dates on a summer calendar. A time when children are enjoying their school break and tourists are flocking to Charleston’s beautiful beaches and enjoying a stroll along the battery. But for citizens of Charleston, those dates also represent events in recent history that shook the city to its core. Though the horrifying tragedies took place years apart, they each claimed nine innocent lives. On June 18, 2007, nine brave firefighters were lost when they became trapped inside the Sofa Super Store as the roof collapsed. Nearly eight years later to the day, on June 17, 2015, a young white man entered the historic Mother Emanuel AME church and murdered nine African Americans attending prayer service, including the pastor. Charleston is known for its resilience. After each of these unspeakable tragedies the outpouring of love and support from the community was enormous. Eventually, the shock from these devastating events wore off and people resumed their everyday lives. But for the families, friends and co-workers of the victims of these immense tragedies, life will never be the same. Researchers in the College of Nursing are currently working on two projects to help those most affected by the aftermath of incidents like the furniture store fire, church shooting, and other traumatic events.

Firefighters Helping Firefighters

Posessing positive behavioral health is an essential part of a firefighter's well-being, however asking for help is still an arduous task. The fire service has devoted significant time, effort, and resources to address these needs and has built many accessible and effective programs. But getting firefighters to open up and use these resources has become the challenge.

To aid firefighters to overcome their mental health struggle, a team from the College of Nursing, the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have developed a resource to address the stigma head on. With funding from the Department of Homeland Security, Kenneth Ruggiero, PhD, professor, Tatiana Davidson, PhD, assistant professor, along with Angela Moreland, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, developed Firefighters Helping Firefighters (FHF), a video storytelling tool designed to tackle the stigma and increase the use of behavioral health care among firefighters who need it through peer-education. The video library features more than 250 personal stories of 30 fire service professionals who have enthusiastically volunteered to share their experiences related to behavioral health and helpseeking. FHF visitors have access to real life examples from fellow firefighters about the effects of stress on themselves as well as their families, various ways they have tried to cope with this stress, and how they knew it was time to ask for help.

FHF and other mobile firefighter behavioral health resources can be found at

Captain Marques Bush of the St. Andrews Fire Department in West Ashley was among the firefighters who battled the Sofa Super Store blaze in 2007 and lost nine of his fellow firefighters. A battalion chief at the time of the tragedy, Capt. Bush is among 30 fire service professionals who participated in this important FHF initiative. An excerpt from the transcript of his video can be found on p.6.

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Interview with Capt. Marques Bush, St. Andews Fire Department The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. What unique stressors do firefighters face? Bush: Well, the pressure is on every day to save a life. A lot of guys have an issue with differentiating and understanding that we’re not God. But we’re tasked with being a rescuer and we live our life in rescuer mode all the time. We're gone two-thirds of our lives. We spend more time with each other than we do with our families. How do you know when you are stressed? I become a really intense person. I can actually feel it. I feel my muscles tightening up and I become easily agitated because I’m an emotional person anyway. I recognize it right away and realize I need to get away and remove myself from the situation. How does stress affect your friends and family? The stress affects my family a lot of times, especially my kids. I have two boys, a 6-year old and a 1-year old, and they know immediately when I’m stressed. Anybody that has kids knows that they pick up on whatever energy that you are actually putting out. It affects my family; my wife takes it in and she tries to make things better. As a result of being stressed you don’t appreciate it and you take it out on the person who you know you can continuously come back to. When I’m stressed, they’re stressed. As an emergency responder or firefighter, we forget about that. Your family really wears a lot of the stress that you do and they have no real outlet. How did you know you needed help? I got to a tipping point and its part of the reason I was even willing to sit down and talk today. I was an active captain the day of Sofa Superstore fire, and, along with my crew, we were able to save the

only civilian, the only savable life that was there that day. I just held all the emotion in. It was definitely time to face the music. What type of help was right for you? The first thing was finding someone I was comfortable with. We have this macho bravado in the fire department that we don’t need anybody, we do all the rescuing, nobody can help us, it’s what we do, we just have to take it in, which is not true at all. The first thing you’ve got to do is be willing to be honest with yourself and recognize that you have a problem. Then truly finding somebody that you are comfortable with. If you find somebody to just get help, it doesn’t work. You’ve got to find that person who you connect with, who you can be honest with, who you can be open with and they will be open with you. If a person holds back, you don’t ever really get what you need. You need the cold hard truth about what you’re saying and what you’re doing. What would you tell others who are in a similar situation? I would tell people in my situation to please get help. It will be the best choice that you've ever made. No one person can take all the things that life throws at you [as a firefighter]. Even if you are not in a public safety field, life just throws a lot at you. In today's fast paced society people lose who they are. I'd tell people to get help so they can discover who they are and what they really want to be so they can start enjoying their life the way they want to enjoy it. That’s what I have gotten out of getting help – finding me. Discovering what I like to do, who I really am, where I want to go, and where I want to be.


Firefighters Helping Firefighters, a web resource, can be found at This resource consists of videos of more than two dozen firefighters and supervisors in the fire service talking about their stress, mental health, treatment, and its effects on loved ones.



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Mother Emanuel AME Project

The June 17, 2015 massacre at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston had a profound effect on the families of those who were killed, witnesses, survivors, the Mother Emanuel congregation, and many others in the community and across the nation. In the days following this unspeakable tragedy, the Office for Victims of Crime awarded a $3.6 million grant to the MUSC National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) and eight local partner organizations to address the needs of those affected by this event by providing a broad range of information and services, including the provision of comprehensive and coordinated long-term services to direct and indirect victims of the shooting. A major focus of this initiative is the promotion of emotional recovery through the development and implementation of services specifically addressing the mental health needs of victims. College of Nursing faculty, Tatiana Davidson, PhD, assistant professor, and Sachin Patel, director of Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles Systems Architecture and research instructor, are key partners in this aim. They worked closely with the NCVC team and Mother Emanuel church to create a technology-based resource designed to provide education, screening, and evidence-based coping material to all victims. This mobile health resource is currently under production and will be ready for launch in this fall.

SNA Hosts 4th Of July Party for the Homeless

Students also are actively engaged in extending the reach of “the lives we touch” in our local Charleston community. The Student Nurses Association (SNA) hosted a July 4th picnic for the residents of One80 Place. Accelerated BSN students, Page R. Wise and Leigh C. Rothgeb, share their experience in giving back to the homeless community. Think about how you celebrated the fourth of July this year. If you were in Charleston, it was a typical warm summer day, perfect for a backyard barbecue with your closest friends and family. Now imagine you are homeless. How do you think you would have spent your holiday? Would your celebration have included the typical spread of hamburgers, hotdogs, or desserts made from scratch? Charleston’s homeless shelter, One80 Place, provides food, shelter, and free health care to men, women, and children. With the support of volunteers and local businesses, 100 percent of the food served is donated, allowing the shelter to provide an average of 482 meals per day; that's more than 175,000 meals served annually. To help the local homeless community celebrate the July 4th holiday the College of Nursing organized a cookout at One80’s Community Kitchen, a public soup kitchen that is open daily for lunch. The SNA worked with Brad Cashman, director of community relations at One80 Place, and Kimbi Marenakos, DNP, FNP, RN, LPC, instructor, College of Nursing, to put together a barbeque that allowed guests to take a break from their everyday struggles, even if just for a meal. More than 30 MUSC students, faculty and staff collected food donations; some items even came fresh from their own gardens. The group was able to secure 200 hamburgers, 175 hotdogs, 12 watermelons (over 250 pounds), 10 pounds of coleslaw, baked beans, 300 cans of Pepsi products, and a dessert spread that was sure to give you a toothache. In the courtyard of One80 Place, a playground was set up for children and their families to participate in face painting, hopscotch, and holiday themed dress up. The cafeteria was decorated in red, white, and blue balloons and streamers. As a result of the efforts from each contributing member, we served more than 200 people with food, fun and a side of hope.

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words Using Photographs to Advocate for Change


hey say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but have you ever thought about using a photo as a research instrument? That is exactly what Susan Newman, PhD, RN, CRRN, director of the PhD in Nursing Science program, is doing. Photovoice, was developed in the late 1990’s for use in community-based participatory research to empower members of a community to document issues that concern them through photographs in order to effect a positive change. Members of the community are given cameras to photograph life as they see it. The photos are then used as evidence to advocate for the change they seek.

Dr. Newman, associate professor, has successfully employed this approach in her work to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries (SCI). According to Dr. Newman many of the consequences associated with SCI do not result from the condition itself, but instead from inadequate medical care and rehabilitation services, and from barriers in the physical, social, and policy environments. Using Photovoice to gather evidence of environmental factors affecting their participation in the community, Dr. Newman partnered with a disability advocacy organization and identified issues and problems encountered by persons with SCI. Dr. Newman, along with community partners, used photographic evidence to advocate successfully for legislative changes to South Carolina’s accessible parking laws. Additionally, many of her study participants expressed a desire to assist others with SCI in the hopes that they might provide support by sharing knowledge gained through their experiences in navigating “the system” leading her to develop a “peer navigator” model. News of Dr. Newman’s success spread around the world, literally. Jonathan Sigworth, who sustained a C5-6 SCI while studying abroad in India, contacted Dr. Newman in 2013 after he found information on her pilot SCI peer navigation (SCIPN) study through a Google search on peer mentoring after SCI. Mr. Sigworth is the co-founder



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and chair of the Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons Trust India (ESCIP), which is a transitional living program for individuals with SCI in the Kailash Colony district of Delhi, India. ESCIP uses a peer-mentoring model to help residents gain a higher level of independence post-SCI than is usually expected in India. Dr. Newman and her team have shared training materials and content of her SCIPN program with Mr. Sigworth and has provided ongoing consultation and support for his newest initiative, Mobile Mentors, an online interactive rehabilitation curriculum. These ongoing interactions led to a more formal collaboration in which Dr. Newman called upon the expertise of fellow College of Nursing colleague, Suparna Qanungo, PhD, associate professor, who hails from India and thus is well versed with the culture and the local language (Hindi). Together, Drs. Newman and Qanungo, along with Mr. Sigworth, and the ESCIP staff and residents collaborated to develop a research project. “We held preliminary needs assessment discussions with our community partners at the ESCIP Trust India to identify priority areas for research collaboration," Dr. Qanungo said. "Based on interviews with their community liaison and administrative leaders, the greatest need identified was strategies and resources to support empowerment and

encouragement for people with SCI, promote SCI and disability awareness in the community, and increase reach to the rural SCI survivors.” The ESCIP collaborators were particularly interested in Photovoice as a participatory needs assessment and advocacy tool, and in structuring the ESCIP peer mentoring program around Dr. Newman’s model of SCI peer navigation. “The synergy between the World Health Organization priorities for SCI, the community based rehabilitation guidelines, and enthusiasm among our ESCIP team have created an optimal milieu to implement Photovoice,” Dr. Qanungo said. “We are able to use the results to support ESCIP advocacy efforts, and develop a culturally and locally relevant peer navigation intervention with broad dissemination potential in India.” With funding through the MUSC Center for Global Health, Drs. Newman’s and Qanungo were able to travel to India in October 2016 and March 2017 to conduct a needs assessment using Photovoice on personal and environmental assets and challenges affecting health and participation after SCI in India. They discovered that India presented a unique need for research to make SCI individuals independent. Most of India’s previous SCI research focused on physical impairments and activity limitations associated with the injury Fall | Winter 2017



and not on participation or involvement in life situations such as school, employment, or recreation. SCI causes major financial, social and psychological impacts in India as the majority of the patients are the primary earning members of the family. Culturally, the SCI individual is thought to be “crippled” and a burden to family and taboo in society. After receiving training on Photovoice, the Indian participants were given cell phones purchased by the grant to take photos of their environment and identify the challenges that affect their productive participation in society. Upon returning home, Drs. Newman and Qanungo will take the data they gathered in India to tailor a peer navigator program to the needs and cultural preferences of citizens in India. “Our plan is to submit a NIH grant to develop and test the modified peer navigator program," Dr. Newman stated. She says that one of the key outcomes of the visit has been to establish a solid relationship with Indian organizations that share Dr. Newman’s and Dr. Qanungo’s passion and interest in developing a program of research to improve the lives of individuals with SCI. Interestingly, one of the photos taken by a participant in the Indian Photovoice project, accomplished this and produced more immediate results. An image of a potholed street in the village prompted repairs, making it easier to navigate in a wheelchair. Both Dr. Newman and Dr. Qanungo continue to collaborate with their research partners in India and hope to return some time in the near future to continue this important and rewarding work.



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On A Mission


Nursing Students Find Perspective Traveling Abroad

ollege of Nursing students continue to travel abroad to share their time and expertise and provide care and comfort to those in developing countries. Jessica Stone, DNP student, describes her first medical mission trip to Nicaragua where she found herself without many of America's health care conveniencies but she returned home with so much more.

As a family nurse practitioner student at MUSC, I recently traveled with One World Health, a Christian organization that offers medical education and training to local doctors and nurses in third world countries and has established self-sustainable health care clinics in Africa and Nicaragua. Through One World Health, I was assigned to an interdisciplinary team of health care students and professionals and together we flew to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.

medications, as well as wound care supplies, physical therapy equipment, and a bin of donated tennis shoes and reading glasses. Spanish translators were on hand to assist with communication.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a clinical coordinator, T.J. McCloud, who gave us a tour of the newly established clinic in Tola. The clinic was brand new and already staffed with local providers and an in-house lab and pharmacy. Our purpose was to reach out to local communities and make them aware of the Tola clinic.

Given the hot climate and deficit of clean drinking water, we saw many patients with problems related to dehydration. Manual labor with heavy lifting and walking long distances in poor-fitting shoes accounted for a lot of their back and leg pain. We saw patients of all ages and made sure to tell everyone about the new clinic in Tola where they could go for follow-up for future care. On average, we saw around 100 patients a day (644 patients for the week). At the end of each clinical day, the community pastor would say a prayer for us, thank us for our service and pray for our safety.

Each day we traveled to a new village and used the local church to set up a temporary infirmary. There was no air conditioning or running water. Large crowds of patients would be waiting for us every morning. We were provided with a large supply of prescription and over-the-counter

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Research Funding

Enabling Faculty to Advance New Knowledge through Research and Innovations

The College of Nursing continues to lead the state in National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding by ranking 17th out of the U.S. nursing schools ranked. In addition to the College of Nursing being the highest ranked institution in S.C., it also ranked third in the southeast, according to annual figures posted by the NIH. More impressively, for the past four years, the college’s research funding has placed in the top 20 in the nation among nursing schools. Below is a list of NIH and other funded projects with principal investigators (PI) who are on faculty in the College of Nursing.


PI: Ronald Acierno, PhD Project Title: Do You Really Expect Me to Get MST Care in a VA Where Everyone Is Male? Innovative Delivery of Evidence Based Psychotherapy to Women with Military Sexual Trauma Funding Source: U.S. Army/U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity PI: Ronald Acierno, PhD Project Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of Sertraline, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Their Combination of OEF/OIF with PTSD Funding Source: Veterans Education and Research Association of Michigan PI: Kathleen Cartmell, PhD, MPH Project Title: Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates by Implementing an Inpatient Tobacco Cessation Service Driven by Interactive-Voice Recognition Technology Funding Source: AHRQ



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PI: Melba Hernandez-Tejada, DHA Project Title: Identifying and Intervening in Elder Abuse Funding Source: S.C. Department of Public Safety PI: Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN Project Title: FOOTFIT mHealth Physical Activity Interventions for Leg Ulcer Patients Funding Source: NIH/NINR PI: Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN Project Title: Monitoring and Managing Newly Healed Chronic Leg and Foot Ulcer Skin Temperature: A Cooling Intervention (MUSTCOOL) to Prevent Ulcer Recurrence Funding Source: NIH/NINR PI: Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN Project Title: P20 Technology Enhanced Self-Management Interventions for Fatigue and Pain: The Symptoms Self-Management Center Funding Source: NINR

PI: Gayenell Magwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Alumnus CCRN Project Title: Community-Based Intervention Under Nurse Guidance After Stroke (CINGS) Funding Source: American Heart Association PI: Gayenell Magwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Alumnus CCRN Project Title: Novel Intervention Linking Public Housing with Primary Care to Prevent Diabetes Funding Source: NIH/NIDDK PI: Wendy Muzzy, MRA, MLIS Project Title: Innovative Treatment for Female Victims of Military Sexual Trauma Funding Source: S.C. Dept. Of Public Safety/Violence Against Women Act PI: Lynne Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAAN Project Title: A Virtual Learning Collaborative for Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment in Primary Care Funding Source: NIH/NIAAA

PI: Michelle Nichols, PhD, RN Project Title: Survive to Thrive: Living Well with Stroke Funding Source: PCORI PI: Kenneth Ruggiero, PhD Project Title: Bounce Back Now: A Low-cost Intervention to Facilitate Post-disaster Recovery Funding Source: NIH/NIMH PI: Kenneth Ruggiero, PhD Project Title: Fire Prevention & Safety: Web-Based Training in Behavioral Health Screening for Firefighters Funding Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA PI: Kenneth Ruggiero, PhD Project Title: Improving Quality of Care in Child Mental Health Service Settings Funding Source: NIH/NIMH

PI: Frank Treiber, PhD Project Title: Smartphone Delivered Meditation for BP Control Among Prehypertensives Funding Source: NIH/NHLBI


PI: Tatiana Davidson, PhD Project Title: Expanding the Reach of a Novel Mental Health Service for Traumatic Injury Patients Funding Source: Duke Endowment PI: Catherine Durham, DNP, APRN, FNP Project Title: The Choose Well Initiative Funding Source: New Morning Foundation PI: Terri Fowler, DNP, APRN, FNP Project Title: Building a Healthcare Workforce to Serve the Underserved Funding Source: Duke Endowment PI: Kathryn Van Ravenstein, PhD, FNP Project Title: Increasing Aging in Place Through Increased Physical Activity Funding Source: Duke Endowment

PI: Tracy Stecker, PhD Project Title: Increasing Treatment Seeking Among At-Risk Service Members Returning from Warzones Funding Source: US Army/MOMRP

PI: Amy Williams, DNP, APRN, CPNP Project Title: Boosting Our Barrio: A Community Based Intervention to Improve School Preparedness for At-Risk Children Funding Source: Duke Endowment

PI: Frank Treiber, PhD Project Title: Enhancing Kidney Donation Through Live Organ Video Educated Donors (LOVED) Funding Source: NIH/NIDDK PI: Frank Treiber, PhD Project Title: Patient Centered Health Technology Medication Adherence Program for African American Hypertensives Funding Source: NIH/NHLBI


PI: Kenneth Ruggiero, PhD Project Title: Integrated Web-Based Resource to Address Risk for Substance Use Problems in the Fire Service Funding Source: USDHS/FEMA


PI: Elaine Amella, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN Project Title: Future of Nursing Funding Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PI: Georgette Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP Project Title: Addressing Mental Health Needs in SC by Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Funding Source: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina PI: Georgette Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP Project Title: Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program Funding Source: HRSA PI: Georgette Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP Project Title: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professions Student Training Funding Source: SAMHSA PI: Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN Project Title: Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program Funding Source: Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence PI: Deborah Williamson, DHA, MSN, RN Project Title: EQUIP: Excellence and Quality Using Interprofessional Practice Funding Source: HRSA

AHRQ = Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality FEMA = Federal Emergency Management Agency HRSA = Health Resources and Services Administration MOMRP = Military Operational Medicine Research Program NHLBI = National Heart Lung and Blood Institute NIAAA = National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIDDK = National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases NIH = National Institutes of Health NINR = National Institute for Nursing Research PCORI = Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute SAMHSA = Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Where Are They Now? A Snapshot of Where Our Students Land After Graduation


he College of Nursing is the only academic health sciences center in South Carolina, and thus we are on the cutting edge of health care practice, education and discovery. At MUSC, all of our programs are accelerated. We have the largest accelerated BSN degree nursing program in the state, and thriving enrollment in our accelerated DNP and PhD programs. In fact, we are a leader in online graduate education, and in this way the MUSC College of Nursing “Fuels the Nursing Pipeline.”

Our focus is on a very special type of nursing student – one who wishes to excel in the profession. Our College has a long and distinguished history of nearly 135 years preparing the finest professional nurses who care, cure, and create new knowledge in improving the health of individuals, families, and communities. Our graduates assume leadership roles throughout the state and beyond, and actively shape the health care of tomorrow. The following maps show the reach of our graduates for the past five years.


U.S. TOTAL = 814

S.C. = 714



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U.S. TOTAL = 282

S.C. = 222

MUSC PhD GRADUATES 2012 - 2017

U.S. TOTAL = 58

S.C. = 17

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uring the 2017 commencement activities, the College of Nursing hosted Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the

American Nurses Association, as she traveled to campus to receive her honorary degree from MUSC. During her visit, she shared her insights into leadership and policy in nursing with an overflow audience during a campus wide presentation held on May 18 in the College of Nursing. Dr. Cipriano is no stranger to MUSC. Her expansive career includes more than a decade of service to the university during which she served in multiple administrative roles including clinical director for the Hollings Cancer Center, director of surgery trauma services, and as the administrator of clinical services for the Medical University Hospital. Known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2016, she was named one of the Top 100 People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for the second year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare. She was elected to the International Council of Nurses Executive Board in 2017 and has served on a number of boards and committees for influential national organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine. “Dr. Cipriano is an asset to the national health care community and to our state and city. Because of her contributions to the nation, to science, and to MUSC, I can think of no one more deserving of this honorary degree.” Dean Gail Stuart said.

CON Hires Student Recruiter

Othersen Lecture Continues to Inspire

Now in its seventh year, the Janelle Othersen Visiting Professorship Lecture has broadened the educational experience of MUSC nursing students and faculty by hosting engaging and influential health care professionals on campus. This presentation aims to encourage thought-provoking conversations and ideas, while exposing nursing students to a diverse and vibrant array of nurse leaders, backgrounds, and ideas. This year, we looked no further than our own dean. Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, shared her insights with her presentation, “Taking the Pulse and Scoping the Future of the MUSC College of Nursing" and provided an update on the progress of advancing nursing education. She also explored what lies ahead for the College of Nursing as to ensure that the nursing workforce is prepared to provide exceptional care to patients, families, and communities.



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Kaleigh Larson, who joined the College of Nursing in April, is actively recruiting students for the college’s nursing programs, as well as working closely with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to ensure that the goal of admitting, retaining and educating a diverse student body is being met. A native of Syracuse, NY, Ms. Larson moved to Charleston at the end of 2016 after living four years in New York City where she worked in the admissions office at Pace University. She will be travelling the state, attending career fairs and meeting with the next generation of nurses.




ife-long learning is one of the core values of the College of Nursing. We believe that learning is a continuous, life-long process of instructing, moti-

vating, and changing students, faculty, staff, patients, and the community for the betterment of their health and well-being. To that end, the CON Learning Hub was launched to take nursing higher by connecting people, growing opportunities, and facilitating innovation. The Learning Hub is a web portal that provides access to up-to-date educational materials targeted to meeting the ongoing and emerging educational needs of nurses and other health care providers. The hub supports faculty initiatives through online learning modules and campus-based workshops that award certificates of completion, all aimed at offering enhanced specialty instruction with increased reach and accessibility. Our first two offerings took place this past summer. To visit the CON Learning Hub go to on the web.

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH WORKSHOP In June, a group of scholars from across MUSC and the country participated in the Qualitative Research Intensive. The week-long workshop included didactic sessions, in-depth discussions of real-world research dilemmas, and personal meetings with the workshop's facilitator, Julie Barroso, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and department chair. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Plans are to offer the Qualitative Research Intensive again next summer.

INTEGRATING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN PRIMARY CARE In August, the College of Nursing and Institute of Psychiatry co-hosted the inaugural APRN conference, Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care. More than 60 APRN’s, social workers and psychologists were in attendance. Presentations included a keynote given by Joy Lauerer, DNP, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, assistant professor, who called on primary care providers to begin treating patients from a much more holistic approach, recognizing the important opportunity to assess and treat behavioral health conditions as part of the patient’s whole health. Sarah Gainey, College of Nursing SBIRT program manager, presented a session on utilizing motivational interviewing in primary care. Conference sessions also included prescribing psychotropic medication in primary care, suicide assessment guidelines, medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders and recognizing and managing common childhood behavior problems. We hope to see you at next year’s conference in 2018.


Behavioral Health: Knowledge, Attitudes & Skills AUGUST 2–3, 2018 Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing Charleston, SC

Dean Stuart to Retire in 2018

Dean Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, has announced that she will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year after dedicating 16 years as dean, 33 years to the Medical University and 47 years to the nursing profession. Dr. Stuart came to MUSC in 1985 to develop a masters degree program in psychiatric-mental health nursing for the Institute of Psychiatry. Today, she is a tenured professor in the College of Nursing and a professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. A university-appointed search committee has interviewed candidates and a new dean will be appointed to assume the leadership role by July 1, 2018.

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Bryant Gives Nurses Week Briefing

The Nursing Community Coalition representing over one million registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse executives, nursing students, faculty and researchers, in collaboration with the House and Senate Nursing caucus hosted Transforming Health and Health Care: Nursing Workforce and Research on May 9, at the Rayburn House in Washington, DC. Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, FAAN, associate dean for practice, joined an expert panel and briefed the congressional staff of House and Senate leaders on how the nursing profession is meeting the health needs of the nation and contributing to care across the continuum. Dr. Bryant shared her experiences of working with families who are troubled with health care challenges complicated by the stress of social pressures, poverty, fear, social injustices, and a complex health care environment. The Nursing Community supports legislation to secure future investment for America’s health by supporting the education and practice of registered nurses and advance practice registered nurses with the Title VII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act.

Cartmell Presents to Surgeon General

Kathleen Cartmell, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, traveled to Washington, D.C. in May to present findings from her tobacco cessation research to the Surgeon General’s Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health as a potential model for national dissemination. The council, chaired by the U.S. Surgeon General and attended by a representative from federal health agencies, is tasked with coordinating tobacco controlrelated services and research across federal agencies. Dr. Cartmell's project, “SC Can Quit,” tested a dissemination and implementation intervention for state cancer centers to develop their own tobacco cessation services and is a partnership between MUSC, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and state cancer centers. According to Dr. Cartmell most cancer centers do not provide tobacco cessation to their patients because of development and implemenation costs, low reimbursement rates, and lack of mandatory requirements for centers to provide these services. For the study, the research team offered 17 cancer centers in S.C. the opportunity to apply for a $20,000 grant, plus technical assistance to help develop tobacco cessation programs. Three centers applied for and received grants to develop programs. The team helped the three centers establish comprehensive tobacco cessation services, that are now routinely provided as part of their standard of care. Due to the success of the pilot, DHEC plans to offer grants to additional cancer centers to continue building infrastructure for tobacco cessation services. “The goal is ultimately to work with all 17 cancer centers to make cessation services available for all cancer patients in the state,” Dr. Cartmell said. The research team is hoping that, in the future, SC Can Quit will become a national model.

Faculty Accolades

• Julie Barroso, PhD, RN, FAAN, department chair and professor, was elected to serve a two-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). Founded in 1987, ANAC has more than 40 chapters around the world and is the leading nursing organization responding to HIV/AIDS. • Kimbi Marenakos, DNP, FNP, RN, LPC, instructor, was one of four MUSC faculty recognized in May during commencement activities by the Office of Interprofessional Initiatives for her outstanding facilitation during the fall 2016 semester of the interprofessional (IP 710) core course, Transforming Healthcare for the Future. Faculty were chosen for the award based on student feedback and evaluations. • Sarah Miller, PhD, RN, associate professor, was chosen as the winner of the 2017 MEDSURG Nursing Clinical Practice Writer’s Award for her article titled, "Assessment of Airway Defenses in the Neurologically Impaired Patient." As lead author, she received complimentary registration to the 26th Annual Convention in Palm Springs, CA.



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USC honored 15 faculty members at its annual Faculty Convocation Aug. 22. The awards were presented following the inau-

gural James W. Colbert Provost Lectureship delivered by B.J. Miller, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and a leading authority in the field of hospice care and palliative medicine. Among the honorees were two CON faculty members. Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, was unanimously selected for the 2017 Peggy Schachte Research Mentor award for being instrumental in mentoring researchers in the college, where its NIH research funding ranking has climbed from 60th in 2008 to a 17th place ranking today. For more than 20 years, Dr. Kelechi has excelled as a nurse

Above: Teresa Kelechi with her husband, Jim, and her son, Tommy, a BSN student in the college. Below: Ken Ruggiero with President David Cole (left) and Provost Lisa Saladin.

scientist, nurse educator and a mentor since joining MUSC in 1987. As the David and Margaret Clare Endowed Chair, her primary research focus is venous leg ulcer (VLU) prevention, which has been funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research. The Population Health award went to Ken Ruggiero, PhD, professor of nursing and psychiatry, co-director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles and director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program, for his advancements in screening trauma patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

CON Receives $5.5 Million for Research

The College of Nursing received more than $5.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and use technology-based solutions to address a couple of today’s health care challenges. Two research projects, led by Professors Ken Ruggiero, PhD and Frank Treiber, PhD, have been federally funded to help mental health providers and the heart health of African-Americans. More than $3.1 million was awarded to Dr. Ruggiero to aid in reseach that will support mental health providers with interventions that ensure children and families receive care using mobile technology applications in order to increase engagement between provider and child. Studies in child education show that interactive games, touch-screen learning, and demonstration videos enhance engagement, knowledge, motivation, and learning. According to Dr. Ruggiero, nearly nine million children in the U.S. meet criteria for at least one mental health disorder at any point in time. Effective treatments exist for these disorders; however, children and families who seek these services rarely receive them. Mental health providers need more support in the delivery of these interventions to ensure that children and families receive the best quality care. Additionally, Dr. Treiber, who holds the Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chair, was awarded more than $2.4 million from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study medication adherence by African-Americans with uncontrolled hypertension. Frank Treiber with medication adherence and blood pressure Dr. Treiber’s research represents an innovative, qualitative and quantitative approach aimed at testmonitors. ing and further optimizing a mobile health monitoring program interfaced with a smart phone application for improving medication adherence and blood pressure control among African-Americans with uncontrolled hypertension. Efforts to improve the effectiveness of patients with hypertension to follow prescribed medication recommendations have been met with limited success. This research will test and refine a smart phone medication adherence program that includes automated reminders from an electronic medication tray, tailored text messages, voice mail motivational feedback and reinforcement, automated summaries and direct alerts to providers.

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Associate Professor With over 30 years of nursing experience in both clinical and educational settings, Teresa Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, has authored several publications, book chapters, and is a frequent presenter at national meetings on topics related to nursing students and new graduate success, nursing education best practices, and interprofessional teams. Dr. Stephens’ research explores the concept of resilience in health care professionals and students as a tool for personal growth and well-being, as well as a means of improving patient outcomes. She is the author of the Stephens’ Model of Resilience and the founder of RN P.R.E.P. (personal resilience enhancement plan), an interactive learning experience for nursing students and new graduate nurses. Her resilience model has also been extended to holocaust survivors and veterans through her work with several holocaust organizations and as an advisory board member for the Vantage Point Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting post-9/11 veterans.

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Assistant Professors Brantlee Broome, PhD, RN, joined the faculty as a junior researcher who is also teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Nursing. Dr. Broome’s research interests include management of childhood chronic illness, specifically anaphylactic food allergies. She currently serves on the Food Allergy Research and Education Outcomes Research Advisory Board, which seeks to address an unmet need in the research field by developing a partnership of patients empowered to work with other key stakeholders to develop a robust patient-centric food allergy research program informed by real-world experiences. In addition to her publications, Dr. Broome has presented findings from her research at both local and national conferences, and plans to continue to build her research portfolio.

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Donna Reinbeck, MSN, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, has an extensive clinical background in executive leadership. Most recently, she served as Director of Patient Care of Oncology Services at Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey. She also served as co-chair of the Barnabas Health Oncology Leadership Collaborative. An Oncology Certified Nurse who holds an Advanced Nurse Executive Certification, Ms. Reinbeck has published on a wide range of topics including women in nursing, cross-generational mentorship, bedside shift report, and nursing leadership. She has presented her research internationally and serves as a consultant to nursing programs in Bangladesh. She will be completing a PhD in Educational Leadership from Kean University this the fall. BSN | MSN 4 Kean University



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Christina Ketron, MSN, RN, previously taught at East Tennessee State University and King University. Her clinical background includes working at Bristol Regional Medical Center for seven years as an ICU nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. There she was a charge nurse and designated preceptor for new staff and nursing students. Her interests include nursing education, critical care, geriatrics, interdisciplinary care/education, care of the Veteran, Parkinson’s disease and above all, ensuring that regardless of the disease process, the patient’s mental health is a priority. She is currently a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at MUSC with a concentration in psychiatric mental health and will graduate May 2019.

Kristen Poston, DNP, NP-C, has experience in neurology and neurosurgery, and currently practices in ambulatory medicine. Her doctoral work focuses on coordination of care to reduce readmission rates in ischemic stroke patients, in addition to primary care and access to care. “My time spent in the College of Nursing as a BSN and DNP student solidified my passion for the field of nursing and the opportunity to teach in these programs has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I look forward to continuing this journey, giving back to the institution that gave so much to me, for many years to come,” said Dr. Poston.

While working on her doctorate at the University of San Diego, Noelle Leveque, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, taught in their DNP program and was the clinical stakeholder and director on a PCORI grant. As a doctoral student, Dr. Leveque’s dissertation research examined the physical and mental health care needs of self-identified human trafficking victims in San Diego County. Her research interests and activities include improving access and quality of health care to vulnerable populations, knowledge translation, implementation science, and interprofessional education and communication. BSN 4 University of North Carolina, Wilmington MSN 4 Florida Gulf Coast University DNP 4 University of Miami (FL) PhD 4 University of San Diego Prior to joining the faculty, Angela Stanley, DNP, MA, APRNBC, NEA-BC, was a commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps where she most recently served as associate director for Primary Care and Branch Health Clinics at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. During her 20 year naval career, CDR Stanley (Ret.) received three Meritorious Service Medals and four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. Dr. Stanley’s clinical interests include maternalchild health and disease prevention. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family nurse practitioner, community public health clinical nurse specialist, and nurse executive advanced. BSN 4 Clemson University

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Research Instructor BS | MS 4 University of Tennessee PhD 4 University of South Carolina Prior to transitioning into a faculty role, Jessica Chandler, PhD, worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles within the College of Nursing for the past year. While completing her PhD from the University of South Carolina in Exercise Science, she developed her interest in the vast array of uses of technology for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Dr. Chandler has experience with NIHfunded, large-scale clinical trials focused on primary prevention of childhood obesity and management of chronic diseases using mobile health technology (e.g., smart phone apps and peripheral devices) to increase and sustain medical regimen adherence.

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Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty who were promoted this year. BSN 4 University of South Carolina Upstate MSN 4 South University




Amanda White, MSN, RN, joined the faculty as the ATI Champion to coordinate ATI information and exams with the faculty, ensuring supportive education interventions for ABSN students to facilitate their success in ATI, which is a predictor of NCLEX success. Prior to joining the faculty, she served in a various leadership positions including assistant director of nursing, interim director of nursing, and HIV project manager and preventive team lead at the SCDHEC. Ms. White’s areas of interest include emerging evidence from nursing education research, integrating the increasing availability of learning technology in the classroom, and quality improvement with a focus on student success and student engagement. Her research interests are measuring the effectiveness of learning methods and the utilization of resources with a focus on student NCLEX preparation and NCLEX success. 22


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Congratulations to Catherine Durham, DNP, APRN, who was sworn in as a captain in the U.S. Navy on September 3. Dr. Durham is an active drilling reservist in the Navy.





arvesh Mendhi, ARNP, CRNA, MNA, PhD in Nursing Science student, received the 2017-2018 Mae Berry Service Excellence Award from the

Mayo Clinic. This annual award honors eight non-physician employees from Mayo Clinic Health System and from Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Rochester and recognizes employees who provide outstanding service, serve as role models and inspire others, act selflessly to meet the needs of patients and co-workers, and go above and beyond daily to serve patients, co-workers and clients. Two recipients from each site are peer nominated and chosen from over 55,000 Mayo Clinic non-physician employees. Ms. Mendhi was nominated by Perry Bechtle, MD, anesthesiologist; Robert Wharen, MD, neurosurgeon; and her supervisor, Richard Pence, CRNA, nurse anesthetist, for being able to motivate people when they are exhausted, smooth ruffled feathers when problems arise, and focus on hope and good outcomes when a case seems futile. “Marvesh is highly regarded and is recognized as emblematic of excellence in nursing and the epitome of compassion,” says Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, vice president of Mayo Clinic Florida.

DNP Student Receives Award from Clinical Site

Enhancing Patient Safety Through Competition

The 2017 MUSC Interprofessional CLARION Case Competition, was held March 24, where three MUSC teams competed and were awarded team scholarships. For the local competition, students from different disciplines have the opportunity to work as a team to analyze and provide recommendations surrounding an extensive health care case dealing with interprofessional issues. The winning team, Parker Rhoden, from left, (CHP– MHA); Mary Lewis Griffin (Pharmacy); Jillian Harvey (coach, CHP-DHLM); Maylin Taylor (Nursing); and Andrew Hill (Medicine) received a $3,000 team scholarship. The group went on to compete at the national competition, April 7-8, at the University of Minnesota. The competition is designed to broaden the educational experience of health care students through interprofessional interaction as well as raise awareness of each profession to improve patient health outcomes. Society and the Office of Interprofessional Initiatives.

Stephanie Morris, DNP student, was awarded the July Kekoa Award in her primary care clinical site, Kaneohe Bay Naval Health Clinic at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Director of the DNP program, Catherine Durham, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, who is also deputy chief of staff of the Navy Reserve Navy Medicine Education Training Command, remarked, “This is truly amazing and an outstanding accomplishment to receive an award in the clinical setting as a student.”

CON Student Government Association and Student Nurses Association came together to host ‘Bash at the Barrel’ in late March.

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Stethoscope & White Coat Ceremony

The Stethoscope and White Coat Ceremony was held August 24 on the MUSC campus for the class of December 2018. This tradition welcomes the incoming class of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Ninety-five new students began their 16-month academic journey toward becoming a registered nurse.



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Stethoscope & White Coat Ceremony Lyndsey DeStefano, student speaker President, CON Student Government Association

“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody can, in spite of what we all go through;

I remember sitting where you are a year ago. I had no experience in the medical that is to be a nurse.” field aside from when family members had been in the hospital and the knowledge I had attempted to retain from my previous degree in exercise science. I was just an optimistic new college graduate. I had no idea how hard I would be pushed to succeed, that I would have to change my way of thinking, and that every answer would be correct but I would have to choose the one that was “most correct.” I knew three things for certain though: I love people, I love being there for those who need me, and I wanted to touch lives the way the nurses that have cared for my family have touched mine. I have kept those three unique thoughts at the forefront of my mind because those are the reasons I decided to become a nurse. I didn’t know what all nurses went through, and I certainly didn’t know what I would face in my time here. Keeping those reasons at the forefront of my mind has led me to where I am today, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a single moment of this experience. Students Lyndsey DeStefano (left) and Ally Prather, with Dean Stuart Getting into nursing school the day before my college graduation was one of the best days of my life. Little did I know at the time, this experience at MUSC would give me many more “best days.” Nursing school has changed my life for the better. It has taught me how to hold myself with confidence, and it has given me the ability to believe that I can do anything I set my mind to. It has shown me my absolute purpose in life, and helped me to realize the subtle joys in life that I may have otherwise not have noticed. I listen better, I love stronger, and I live wiser. You will learn these things through your experiences. You will see patients and their families come together upon learning that they need to consider hospice care. You will be there with patients to help them through their final days. You will also see the most incredible happiness. You will find yourself beaming as you watch a new life come into this world and see the joy on the faces of her parents. Regardless of any situation you walk into in the hospital, you will touch the lives of your patients the moment you step foot through those doors. You are about to begin a life changing experience. This experience is what you make it. Take every opportunity you can to grow and learn, and be sure to fully take in all of the so called “little things” that make this profession so amazing and unlike any other. Be there for one another as this is a profession that relies heavily on your ability to work as a team. Always hang onto that unique reason as to why you decided to become a nurse, and make sure to always keep it at the forefront of your mind in your day-to-day work. It will not be easy, but I can promise you from the bottom of my heart that it will be worth it.


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UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS 1883 SCHOLARSHIP Lisa Davis Darshondra Guess Julia Holmes




JOHN AND MARY LOU BARTER SCHOLARSHIP Andrae Deweese Chasmine Dawkins Rachel Hatterick




MUHA PATRON SCHOLARSHIP Courtney Herlocker Erica McCaslin William Ryan






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TAKE NURSING HIGHER Carreno, Cristal Morgan McDonald Karishina Patel

J. W. THURMOND SCHOLARSHIP Ethan Rucker LETTIE PATE WHITEHEAD SCHOLARSHIP Alexis Clark Ashley Valipour Brenda Ruiz Dorothy-Faye Swygert Heather Pritchard Jessica Coleman Kathryn Gillam Kayla Baytosh Kimberly Strang Madison Vanhoose Mary Koon Kimberly Mansfield Sierra Mungin Tanya Hunt JEAN P. WILSON SCHOLARSHIP Kathleen Moore Sean Mahoney THOMAS J. WISCARZ SCHOLARSHIP Thomas Kelechi

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Alejandra Schimmel, PhD student


Kristina Raykh, PhD student

Amy Alspaugh, PhD student Diana Layne, PhD student

Melissa Fluharty, PhD student Nina Harvey, PhD student

SARA PIECHNIK SCHOLARSHIP Kelly Flynn, DNP student STEPHEN AND RUTH P. STEWART SCHOLARSHIP Emily Giddens, DNP student Aindrea Maddray, PhD student LETTIE PATE WHITEHEAD SCHOLARSHIP Allison Crow, DNP student Aminah Fraser-Rahim, DNP student Anna Healy, DNP student Connie Bradley, DNP student Courtney Tutterow, DNP student Dasha Walton, DNP student Deidra Huckabee, DNP student Hannah Dweikat, DNP student Jennifer Rozak, DNP student Jessica White, DNP student Jiseo Ru, DNP student John Manna, DNP student Nancy Brown, DNP student Rachel Hanes, DNP student Rebecca Rodriguez, DNP student Sarah Reed, DNP student Taylor Ogorek, DNP student Crystal Flemming, DNP student

JOSEPH AND THERESE WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP Kelsie Helton, DNP student Jennifer Shipman, MSN student JEAN P. WILSON SCHOLARSHIP Lorenzo Black, DNP student Katarzyna Hamby, DNP student Amanda Strain, PhD student Enia Zigbuo-Wenzler, PhD student

To learn more about establishing a scholarship, contact Anahita Modaresi, development director, at or 843-792-8421.

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Pinning Ceremony

Forty-seven RN to BSN students graduated on Aug. 15 at the 2017 Pinning Ceremony. In one year, these graduates earned a degree that will allow them to potentially broaden their career opportunities. More than half of the class are nurses at MUSC Health. Jaclyn Arold, who graduated with honors, was selected to address her graduating class, while Steven Bruening, First Honor Graduate, and Charles Garred, Second Honor Graduate, were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.



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What kind of a legacy will you leave?

Have you considered a planned gift to the College of Nursing through a bequest in your will? It is the most common type of planned gift. There are many different types of bequests including a specific sum of money, a percentage or the residual of your estate. If you have considered leaving the College of Nursing in your will, but would like to include the proper bequest language, we have provided several examples below: SPECIFIC BEQUEST “I hereby give, devise and bequeath ______ dollars to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, Charleston, SC, designated in support of __________ in the College of Nursing.” PERCENTAGE BEQUEST “I hereby give, devise and bequeath ______ percent of my estate to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, Charleston, SC, designated in support of __________ in the College of Nursing.” RESIDUARY BEQUEST “I hereby give, devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, Charleston, SC, designated in support of __________ in the College of Nursing.”

If you have already left the College of Nursing in your will, please contact the Office of Planned Giving so that we may celebrate you! Linda Cox • Director of Planned Giving 843-792-9562 •




Deloris Bull Collins Jenkins, Diploma ’60, is retired. Her daughter is working in nursing education at UNC Chapel Hill while pursuing her masters in education. Nearly 20 years after receiving her nursing diploma, Iva T. Chapple, Diploma ’67, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1988 and completed the residency program in 1992. In 2012, she retired from practicing as an anesthesiologist/pain management physician. Rosemary Griggs, BSN ’73, is retired and living the good life in Hawaii. She loves diving, snorkeling, stand-up paddling and volunteering at Hanauma Bay. Susan McAlister (nee Turner), BSN ’79, is retired but 2017 has kept her busy. In January, she celebrated the birth of her first grandchild, Katherine Elizabeth McAlister, and in June, her son, Clark, got married. Elaine W. Mielcarski (nee Wilkinson), MSN ’79, is a midwife, nurse practitioner at Associates for Women’s Health in Fayetteville, NY. During her career, she was inducted as an American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Fellow, and received ACNM's Award of Excellence and the Dorothea Language Pioneer Award. She also served on its Board of Directors. In addition, Ms. Mielcakski was appointed the inaugural Chair of the New York State Board of Midwifery by the governor of N.Y. Mary Anne Oliver (nee Martin), BSN ’84, is an FNP with United Health Care Optum House Calls. Her son, Benjamin Oliver, attends the MUSC College of Medicine. Deborah Hopla (nee Tanksley), BSN ’89, is director of the MSN/FNP Program at Francis Marion University in Florence and was recently awarded a HRSA ANEW grant for $1 million. 30


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Cameron Hogg, BSN ’02, MSN ’04, was elected president-elect for the Nurse Practitioner Association of Washington, DC. Additionally, she is entering the second year of her term as vice president of the Phi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society at the George Washington University School of Nursing, where she is an assistant professor in the family nurse practitioner program. Jennifer Shearer, MSN ’89, PhD ’04, recently returned from her third trip to India and continues to see results from a grant she received from MUSC's Center for Global Health in 2014 when she was an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. The grant made it possible to fly Leena Raj, principal of India's Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing, to Charleston for a visit and introduction to the MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center. With grant funds, Ms. Raj was able to take a simulator back home. Dr. Shearer traveled back to India to ensure the simulator was set up properly for the Indian faculty to use. She thought that was the extent of her involvement, but Ms. Raj wanted to build a simulation center at her school. Through a collaboration with Baylor University and funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the center was built and dedicated in July with Dr. Shearer in attendance. In October, Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD ’11, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) at the annual Academy meeting in Washington, DC. The FAAN is one of the highest honors a nurse can receive for his/her impact on health care and nursing.

Kahlil Demonbreun, DNP ’12, was re-elected as the S.C. representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He also was elected Chair of the Board for Nursing Advanced Practice Committee. Kimberly Mouzon, DNP ’16, is working in an emergency department in Ridgecrest, CA, that is considered a limited access facility that cares for many patients who don't have insurance or a primary care physician. She is also working as a per diem primary care NP with a federal health clinic that provides care to underserved communities of Oceanside and Vista, CA. She loves what she does because she's able to care for people who are truly in need. She'd like to thank all of her professors at the College of Nursing for helping her achieve her dreams. Patricia Soderlund, PhD ’16, was awarded a T32 postdoctoral fellowship grant at the UCLA School of Nursing. The position focuses on health disparities research with vulnerable populations. Dr. Soderlund is working with motivational interviewing based interventions and conducting a secondary analysis to explore the barriers and facilitators seeking mental health resources among Latinas with depression and/or anxiety.

MARGARET ANN KERR Sep. 1, 1929 - Jun. 9, 2017 Margaret Ann Kerr, a long time resident of Johns Island, SC, passed away at the age of 87. Recognized as an expert in nursing practice, she focused her career on educating future generations of nurses at the MUSC College of Nursing where she was on faculty from 1969 until her retirement as professor emerita in 1994. Her roles in the college included assistant dean for clinical services, acting assistant dean of the undergraduate program, and chair of the medical-surgical department. According to her obituary, if asked how she would want to be remembered, Miss Kerr might say "through the health of my patients and the successful careers of my nursing students." Memorial contributions may be made to The Margaret Ann Kerr Scholarship at MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425 or online at Please make your check payable to "MUSC Foundation" and write The Margaret Ann Kerr Scholarship on the memo line.

PASSAGES Mary Frances Stevens Clark, Diploma ‘46 Aug. 30, 1921 - Jul. 26, 2017 | Knoxville, TN Buena Floyd Appleby, Diploma ‘54 Nov. 3, 1931 - May 18, 2017 | Charleston, SC Helene Ramsey Hand, Diploma ‘58 Oct. 31, 1936 - Jul. 17, 2017 | Decatur, GA Loye Camille Jones Adams, Diploma ‘59 Apr. 20, 1938 - Apr. 10, 2017 | Myrtle Beach, SC Linda Dowdee Marsh, BSN ‘79 Jul. 8, 1942 - Jun. 25, 2017 | Mount Pleasant, SC Naomi "Christine" Ahern, Practical Nursing Certificate ‘84 Feb. 1, 1931 - Jul. 27, 2017 | Summerville, SC Mollie Calvert, MSN ‘92 Aug. 26, 1954 - Sep. 2, 2017 | Chesapeake, VA Robert "Robbie" Claud Marlowe, BSN ‘96 Nov. 11, 1962 - Sep. 11, 2017 | Mt. Pleasant, SC Emily Margaret Bryson Cummings, BSN ‘98 Jul. 2, 1975 - Jun. 28, 2017 | Lexington, SC Claire Smith Hentz, Diploma ‘64 Jun. 11, 1942 - Sep. 29, 2017 | White Rock, SC

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oseph Stocking served for 20 years as a respiratory therapist in the United States Navy, a career that took him all over the world, including combat zones, naval

hospitals and areas struck by natural disasters. When he retired from the Navy in 2014, he decided to apply his skills and knowledge toward a new career in nursing. Financially, the decision was a big one. Veterans have military educational benefits, but many of them use the funds to pay for their families’ educations and often have little left to pay for their own. “Thanks to scholarship support, I have found a home here at the MUSC College of Nursing,” says Joseph. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovation track in the DNP Program. “I believe this will be a great way to bring all my previous experiences together and pursue my dream of becoming a nurse leader in emergency management,” he continues. “Scholarships have transformed my life, and I believe other veterans should have

Joseph Stocking with Mrs. Ann Edwards at last year's scholarship reception.

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this same opportunity,” said Mr. Stocking. By making a gift of any size to the Take Nursing Higher Campaign, you can help make that possible.


Major General Dorothy Hogg is the first woman and first nurse to be tapped for the role of Air Force Deputy Surgeon General. In addition, she serves as chief of the Nurse Corps for the Air Force where she directs the operations of the Air Force Medical Service which is composed of a $5.9 billion, 44,000 person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 75 military facilities worldwide. She also coordinates its operations through major commands, Joint Service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense, the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. As chief of the Nurse Corps, Maj. Gen. Hogg is responsible for the recruitment, accession, training and education of 18,000 total nursing force airmen. She oversees policy and program development, which ensures the highest standards for patient centered, evidence-based nursing practice for all eligible beneficiaries. “I love what I am doing now as Deputy Surgeon General because I have the opportunity to influence change, which I think is really important,” she said. Maj. Gen. Hogg is a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner who came to MUSC to pursue her master's degree in 1997 through a special Air Force certification program. It was a tailored program completed in one year. “I always aspired to do well wherever I was planted, and I would have been content to continue working as a OB-GYN labor and delivery nurse. I loved it. But I was given the opportunity to become an APRN through a tailored MSN program at MUSC, where I learned to become a good leader for patients. MUSC provided the foundation, and really opened my aperture. My classmates and I all became more well rounded APRNs, both as military officers and members of the community.” “I give back because I’m so appreciative of the education I received. The Medical University was an incredible place to be at the time. The diversity of the student body was awesome.”

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n August, the MUSC College of Nursing welcomed Anahita Modaresi as the new director of development. Ms. Modaresi comes to the col-

lege from the College of Charleston, where she served as a development officer for the College of Charleston Libraries. During her time at the College of Charleston, Ms. Modaresi increased philanthropic support to the Libraries by more than 700 percent. Previous to that, she served as director of development for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Modaresi grew up in Rock Hill, SC where her father was a professor at Winthrop University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree from Georgia State University.

I could not be more excited to be part of this exciting organization that is preparing diverse and highly qualified nursing professionals. Having watched my father suffer from a chronic health condition throughout my childhood, I have seen first-hand the ways in which nursing impacts the quality of medical care, health outcomes, and patient-centered medicine. My father always told me that “it is the nurses who make all the difference.” During my first month, I learned that the MUSC College of Nursing awards over a half million dollars in scholarship funding annually to its students, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue nursing as a career. I see this as of particular importance given the nation’s rising cost of tuition. I have been impressed to learn that the MUSC College of Nursing is a national leader in producing the next generation of educators, with 60 percent of students enrolled in doctoral programs. Another highlight has been meeting and learning from faculty doing incredibly important work in palliative care, global health, disease prevention for underserved populations, and other areas of research, teaching and practice. And what an exciting and pivotal time to be joining the MUSC College of Nursing as the College prepares to celebrate its 135th year and host the 135th Anniversary Gala on February 23. We have so much to accomplish before then, and I welcome your ideas and input. I would be thrilled to meet you—whether you are a student, alumnus, donor or patient—to hear about your experience at the College of Nursing and how you’d like to be engaged. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 843-792-8241.




hanks to a generous donation, the College of Nursing will pilot a curriculum designed for future nurses learning to provide quality end-of-life care for seriously ill patients

and their families. The gift, made by College of Nursing alumna, Corinne Sade and her husband, Robert Sade, MD, will target education for future nurses and providers by helping the MUSC College of Nursing build the nursing workforce in order to provide care for patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more. The End of Life Education Nursing Consortium (ELNEC) program is designed specifically for undergraduate nursing students as a response to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2016 recommendations to increase the education of nurses in palliative care for the seriously ill. The program has been implemented in more than 100 schools and colleges of nursing nationwide. This six-module course will be offered online beginning in January 2018, and will be facilitated by two faculty members, Carrie Cormack, DNP, APRN, CPNP-BC, assistant professor, and Shannon D’Alton, MSN, APRN, CPNP, instructor, who both currently practice in palliative care. Mrs. Sade, formerly Rinne Vincent, is a 1975 graduate of the College of Nursing. Dr. Sade, a pediatric cardiac surgeon, is distinguished university professor in the MUSC College of Medicine with a special focus on medical ethics. Fall | Winter 2017





he MUSC College of Nursing is grateful for every gift, large and small. We deeply appreciate our

generous supporters who keep our 135-year old nursing school fiscally healthy and strong. From individuals and families, to students and employees, to corporations and foundations, the vision and generosity of these donors propel our institution forward and provide us with countless opportunities to change what’s possible in nursing. Every gift to the College of Nursing matters, and we are proud of our extensive donor family. Thank you for helping us take nursing to a higher level at MUSC. Below are donors who gave from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. If you don't find your name, perhaps next year we may be able to add your name to the list?

$50,000 +

$9,999 - $1,000

American Heart Association

Dr. Elaine J. Amella

Mr. Charles B. Chitty and Dr. Kay K. Chitty

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Aid to Education Program

Dr. Carolyn H. Jenkins

Ms. Megan O. Andrews

MUSC Health

Association of Public Health Nurses

Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Julie Barroso

Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Seinsheimer, Jr.

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell and Mrs. Cynthia A. Bell

Mr. Spiro C. Vallis

Ms. Renee M. Black

Mrs. Terese T. Williams and Mr. Joseph H. Williams

Mrs. Cynthia D. Blackmon and Mr. Terry A. Blackmon Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Canaday Mrs. Nadine and Mr. Robert Clair, Jr.

$49,000 - $25,000

Dr. David R. Garr and Dr. Deborah C. Williamson

Dr. Lewis M. Davis, Jr.

Mrs. Colleen D. Gilmore and Mr. Robert S. Gilmore, Jr.

The Faith Jefferson Hohloch Scholarship Endowment

Mrs. Constance P. Kitchen

of the Coastal Community Foundation

Dr. Richard M. Kline and Mrs. Katherine C. Kline

Mrs. Marcia Falk and Mr. Carl O. Falk, Jr.

Mr. Anthony Lanzone and Mrs. Juliann H. S. Lanzone

Falk-Griffin Foundation

Ms. Jo A. Lee

Roper Saint Francis Healthcare

Mrs. Ruth B. Limehouse and Mr. Julius O. Hutto Mrs. Ada Faustina C. Mahaffey Ms. Nancy W. McClelland

$24,999 - $10,000

Captain Wendy M. McCraw and Mr. Harold W. McCraw

Mr. Whitney C. O'Keeffe and Mrs. Cheryl O'Keeffe

Ms. Deborah S. O'Rear and Mr. Bert E. O'Rear

Northwell Health, Inc.

Mr. Michael C. Pace Mrs. Catherine P. Quinn and Mr. Patrick E. Quinn



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Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

Ms. Alex S. Caton and Mr. David Contini

Dr. David P. Sealy and Mrs. Ann O. Sealy

Dr. Dennis M. Clemens and Mrs. Mary H. Clemens

Mrs. Sylvia D. Steinberg and Mr. Samuel Steinberg

Mrs. Phyllis T. Floyd and Mr. Ken J. Floyd

Dr. Gail W. Stuart

Mrs. Paige W. French and Mr. John E. French III

Mrs. Sarah C. Stuart and Dr. Morgan Stuart

Ms. Jeanine Gage

Ms. Cynthia B. Teeter

Dr. Delwin B. Jacoby and Mr. Keith J. Jacoby

Dr. Frank A. Treiber

Dr. Debbie C. Lyles and Mr. Oby G. Lyles

Dr. Jane M. Zapka and Mr. David J. Zapka

Ms. Michelle K. Maybell Mrs. Patricia A. Miller Dr. Martina Mueller

$999 - $500

Mrs. Saranel M. Niver and Mr. James M. Niver

Mrs. Katharine D. Beard and Mr. Henry E. Beard III

Dr. Steven M. Ornstein and Dr. Lynne S. Nemeth

Ms. Patricia D. Brame and Mr. Stephen V. Groves

Mrs. Ann V. Schaefer and Mr. Eric Schaefer

Dr. Deborah C. Bryant

Mrs. Sharon P. Schuler and Mr. Milan R. Schuler

Dr. Catherine O. Durham

Dr. William M. Simpson, Jr. and Mrs. Elaine B. Simpson

Mrs. Georgia C. Evans and Mr. Douglas A. Evans

Mrs. Donna P. Smith and Mr. David L. Smith

Mrs. Jerrie H. Fath and Mr. William W. Fath

Dr. Georgette M. Smith and Mr. Frank A. McMahon

Dr. Terri O. Fowler and Mr. Matt Fowler

Dr. Kathryn A. Van Ravenstein and Mr. David Van Ravenstein

Mr. Daniel P. Gracie

Mrs. Cynthia F. Watts and Mr. Philip C. Watts

Mrs. Margaret D. Hass and Col. Paul H. Hass

Ms. Gloria K. Wilson

Dr. Elizabeth Ann H. Jensen

Mrs. Suzanne C. Yarborough and Mr. Edwin T. Yarborough

Mrs. Betty C. Kelchner and Mr. Amos B. Kelchner Dr. Teresa J. Kelechi and Mr. James R. Kelechi Mrs. Elizabeth B. Khan and Mr. Jamie A. Khan

$249 - $100

Mr. Fredrick W. Kinard, Jr.

Mrs. Eleanor S. Adeimy

Dr. Susan R. Lacey

Mrs. Peggy A. All and Mr. James B. All

Dr. Gayenell S. Magwood and Mr. Robert L. Magwood, Jr.

Mrs. Suzette K. Allen and Mr. Andy Allen

Dr. Jerry A. Mansfield

Ms. Deborah C. Ammons

Mrs. Wendy A. Muzzy and Mr. Sean Muzzy

Dr. Berry S. Anderson

Mrs. Leah D. Oakley and Mr. James R. Oakley

Mrs. Elowise H. Anderson and Mr. S. Jenkins Anderson

Dr. Alexander R. Smythe II and Mrs. Gwendolyn S. Smythe

Dr. Diane Angelini

Mrs. Elaine Stuart-Shah and Mr. Nirav S. Shah

Mrs. Stephanie C. Armstrong

Mrs. Alice F. Summers

Dr. Rhoda M. Ascanio

Mrs. Suzanne R. Tambasco

Mrs. Valerie H. Assey

Mrs. Frances J. Thomas

Mrs. Jessie D. Atkinson

Mrs. Lisa A. M. Winn and Mr. Michael P. Winn

Mrs. Terri R. Barnes and Mr. Ruck Barnes Dr. Elizabeth M. Bear Mrs. Jane E. Biggs and Mr. Robert H. Biggs

$499 - $250

Dr. Phyllis A. Bonham and Mr. Carl N. Johnson

Lt. Col. Janice G. Agazio and Major Timothy C. Agazio

Dr. Walter M. Bonner, Jr. and Mrs. Beverly S. Bonner

Ms. Jean E. Alexander

Ms. Jamie C. Bott

Mrs. Deborah H. Brooks and Mr. Jack J. Brooks

Mrs. Geraldine Brady Fall | Winter 2017




Mrs. Doris K. Brown and Mr. Michael A. Brown

Mrs. Helen B. Hicks and Mr. Glenn D. Hicks

Mrs. Brenda M. Brunner-Jackson and Mr. Jeff Jackson

Mrs. Ginger D. Hill and Mr. Craig E. Hill

Dr. David S. Buckles

Mrs. Karen L. Hiott

Mrs. Kaye C. Byers and Mr. Ernest G. Byers

Mrs. Marlene F. Hittner and Mr. Lawrence F. Hittner

Dr. James F. Carter and Mrs. Deborah C. Carter

Mrs. Mary Alice Holland and Mr. John F. Holland

Lt. Col. Janet E. Chisolm-Richard and Mr. Floyd H. Richard

Mrs. Sylvia S. Holley and Mr. William C. Holley

Mrs. Julie A. Clark and Mr. Timothy J. P. Clark

Ms. Brooke E. Holman and Mr. Michael B. Veneman

Mrs. Costa K. Cockfield and Mr. Flynn W. Cockfield

Mrs. Betty J. Howell

Dr. Brian T. Conner and Mrs. Connie L. Conner

Ms. Catherine M. Hudak

Dr. Elizabeth Connor

Ms. Hazelmarie Huff

Mrs. Debbie R. Cox and Mr. David Cox

Mrs. Althea A. Huggins and Mr. Michael D. Huggins

Dr. Ralph E. Cox, Jr. and Mrs. Joe Ann E. Cox

Mrs. Andrea P. Jackson and Mr. Stanley A. Jackson

Mrs. Debra Crane and Mr. Steven G. Crane

Mr. Jeff Jackson and Mrs. Brenda M. Brunner-Jackson

Ms. Sara A. Currence

Dr. Anna M. Jonason

Mrs. Dorothy Y. M. Dangerfield

Dr. Cheryl A. Jones

Mrs. Joan Y. Daniels and Mr. William L. Daniels

Mrs. Frances E. Jones and Dr. Barry N. Jones

Ms. Margaret R. Danko

Lt. William L. Jones and Mrs. Rita A. Jones

Mrs. Sylvia C. Davis and Major Edward R. Davis

Mrs. Mary L. Justice and Mr. William C. Dias, Jr.

Mrs. Margie M. Dick

Dr. Fred M. Kimbrell and Mrs. Betty R. Kimbrell

Mrs. Jennifer S. Doles and Dr. Lonnie R. Doles

Ms. Devan A. Kuhn

Ms. Tracy T. Doran

Mrs. Leah P. Lanier and Mr. Norman Lanier

Ms. Tara M. Dorundo

Ms. Christina Lanzieri

Ms. Michele D. Drake

Mrs. Jana Lynn Larson and Mr. Darrel A. Larson

Mr. Ira M. Estridge

Ms. Lucinda J. Lewis

Ms. Annette D. Evans

Mrs. Karen S. Lukacs and Mr. David W. Wozniak

Dr. Susan K. Flavin and Mr. Joe Flavin

Mrs. Nancy S. Lynn

Mrs. Rhonda F. Flynn and Mr. Dale R. Flynn

Dr. Sylvia W. Mallory and Dr. James Mallory

Ms. Pamela J. Fogle

Mrs. Martha Sue D. Maloney and Mr. Charles S. Maloney

Mr. Jacob J. Fountain and Mrs. Elizabeth J. Fountain

Mrs. Ann S. Mappus

Dr. Michael D. French and Mrs. Pamela A. French

Mrs. Ruth H. Matthews

Mrs. Eunice D. Fuller and Mr. Richard J. Fuller

Mr. Wray W. Mattice and Mrs. Marilyn M. Mattice

Ms. Amy Funderburk

Ms. Janice McFaddin

Mrs. Kim S. Gardner and Mr. William C. Gardner II

Ms. Christina McGregor

Mr. William C. Gardner II and Mrs. Kim S. Gardner

Mrs. Helen A. McInnis

Mrs. Gwendolyn Geddies and Mr. Paul Randolph

Mrs. Joan McLeod

Mrs. Kathleen E. Goodwin and Lt. Col. Ronald R. Goodwin

Mrs. Sarah F. Meyer and Mr. Gene E. Meyer

Ms. Julia T. Gordon

Mrs. Gloria M. Miller and Mr. Charles D. Miller, Jr.

Mrs. Carolyn J. Grimball and Mr. John B. Grimball

Mrs. Jerrie A. Mitchell and Mr. Hunter Mitchell

Ms. Brenda C. Haile

Dr. Christopher B. Moe II and Ms. Allyson P. Van Benschoten Moe

Mrs. Marjorie G. Halford

Ms. Susan S. Momeier

Lt. Cmdr. Sharon K. Harper

Dr. David W. Moon and Mrs. Mary C. Moon

Dr. Journey L. Henderson

Dr. Janice M. Moore



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Mrs. Tommye T. Morris and Mr. Robert E. Morris Mrs. Candace S. Morton and Mr. Robert Morton Dr. Kimberly C. Mouzon Ms. Ashleigh M. Nagel Dr. Susan D. Newman Dr. Michelle G. Nichols Mrs. Carolyn F. Page and Mr. John L. Page


LEGACY SOCIETY Members of the Legacy Society have chosen to include a planned gift from their estate to the MUSC Foundation for the College of Nursing.

Mrs. Mary C. Perano and Mr. Alan M. Perano Mrs. Christel G. Platt Dr. Suzanne S. Prevost and Mr. William F. Prevost, Jr. Mrs. Karen A. Rankine and Mr. James S. Rankine Mr. John Reinhardt Mrs. Beth-Ann B. Rhoton and Mr. James W. Rhoton Dr. Julia B. Rogers and Mr. Nick Rogers Mrs. Sandra W. Rund and Mr. Charles Rund Mr. Stephen D. Schaer and Mrs. Sheree A. Schaer

Mrs. Jeanne S. Allyn Ms. Marguerite A. Assey Ms. Renée M. Black Mrs. M. Azalee P. Blitch Mrs. Mary S. Cash Dr. Kay K. and Mr. Charles Chitty Mrs. Nettie D. Dickerson

Ms. Laurie K. Scott and Mr. John Leiataua

Mr. and Mrs. Ira M. Estridge

Dr. Mitchell J. Seal and Mrs. Helen P. Seal

Dr. Cotesworth P. Fishburne, Jr. and Dr. Shirley H. Fishburne

Ms. Mary Sexton Shell Oil Company Foundation Mrs. Janet R. Smith Dr. Nancee V. B. Sneed and Mr. John W. Sneed Mrs. Ashley L. Snelwar and Mr. Daniel A. Snelwar St. John’s Water Company, Inc. Mrs. Paula F. Stabenau Mrs. Nancy F. Tassin and Mr. Kenneth M. Tassin Mrs. Ginny D. Thaxton Mrs. Frances Ann D. Theile Mrs. Amey Upton and Mr. Fred Upton Ms. Allyson P. Van Benschoten Moe and Dr. Christopher B. Moe II Ms. Katherine T. Waidner

Mr. Jacob J. Fountain and Mrs. Jade Fountain Ms. Ellen L. Gaillard Mrs. Dorothy Halsey and Mr. Maurice E. Halsey Mrs. Borghild M. Helgesen Ms. Florence V. Illing Dr. Carolyn M. Jenkins Mrs. Charlotte M. Knapp Mrs. Nancy S. Lynn Ms. Annie K. Norton Mrs. Janelle L. Othersen and Dr. H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Seinsheimer, Jr.

Ms. Patricia M. Wark

Mr. Harry O. Shaw III

Mr. Kurt O. Wassen and Mrs. Joan W. Wassen

Mrs. Marion P. Shearer

Mrs. Betty S. Whitesell and Mr. Joel Whitesell

Mrs. Nina A. Smith

Mrs. Glenda J. Wills and Mr. Don H. Wills Ms. Laura E. Woyahn Mrs. Carolyn A. Yang and Mr. Huie T. Yang Dr. Laurie K. Zone-Smith and Mr. Todd Smith Zurlo Investment Trust

Mr. Stephen Steward Mrs. Elizabeth H. Stringfellow Mrs. Frances J. Thomas Mr. Spiro C Vallis Mrs. Jean P. Wilson

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n 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provided an update on the

progress of its Future of Nursing report. The committee promoted the following recommendations regarding nursing education: support academic pathways toward the baccalaureate degree; explore ways to create and fund transition-to-practice residency programs; promote the pursuit of doctoral degrees, with an emphasis on the PhD; and promote interprofessional and lifelong learning.

MUSC Health Facts Registered nurses at MUSC Health who hold a BSN or higher degree in nursing increased from 59.6% in 2013 to 70.5% in 2016.

MUSC Health’s support of RN

Patti Hart, MSN, RN, associate chief nursing officer, with Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, executive chief nursing officer and chief patient experience officer

education helps fulfill the Magnet® requirement, Organizational Overview 7 (OO7), which is to provide an action plan for meeting the 2020 IOM recommendation that all registered nurses in the organization

have a Bachelor of Science or higher degree in nursing. The ongoing support of nursing education is an important part of our ongoing journey toward Magnet® redesignation. In response to the IOM’s recommendation that 80 percent of RNs have their BSN by 2020, the MUSC Medical Center and the College of Nursing have collaborated to support ongoing educational opportunities for RNs to earn their BSN by awarding scholarships, tuition discounts and tuition assistance. In this way, at MUSC, we are

852 of the 2,937 registered nurses at MUSC Health do not have a BSN, yet 326 are either enrolled in a program or on track to obtain a BSN degree by 2021. From 2013 thru 2016, 68% of new RN hires had a BSN or higher degree in nursing thus reversing a negative trend line.

actualizing a true academic-practice partnership.

2017 MUSC Health BSN Scholarship Recipients

Pictured left to right: Erica McCaslin, William Ryan and Downing Herlocker



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Three outstanding patient care technicians were selected as recipients of the 2017 MUSC Health Accelerated BSN Scholarship. • Erica McCaslin earned a bachelors degree in communications from the College of Charleston and holds a graduate degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She worked as a patient care technician on both 5 West ART and Meduflex. • William Ryan holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in marketing from Clemson University. He worked on 3 West cardiology. • Downing Herlocker graduated with a bachelors degree in psychology from Clemson University. She worked as a nurse aide volunteer at The Village at Summerville and as a patient care technician on MUSC's 7 East pediatric medical/surgical unit.




e have much to be proud of as five clinical nursing units

Award is an opportunity to showcase our commitment to

are Beacon nursing excellence award recipients and

delivering patient and family-centered nursing care, both

the Pediatric Emergency Department earned the prestigious

among our colleagues at MUSC, as well as at a national level."

Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association. LANTERN AWARD BEACON AWARD

Emergency Nurses Asso-

The Beacon Award for Excellence, a national recognition that

ciation Lantern Award is a

is presented by the American Association of Critical Care

national recognition given

Nurses, recognizes units that exemplify excellence in profes-

to emergency departments

sional practice, patient care and outcomes. Elements of the

that exemplify exceptional

prestigious award include transformational leadership, staff

practice and innovative

engagement and empower-

performance in the areas of

ment, effective communication,

leadership, practice, educa-

integration of evidence-based

tion, advocacy and research.

practice, and positive clinical

The award is a visible symbol

outcomes. Beacon Awards are

of an emergency department’s

presented at the gold, silver and

commitment to quality, pres-

bronze levels. Proudly, MUSC

ence of a healthy work environment, and accomplishment in

Health holds five silver awards

incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into

on the following units: Surgi-

emergency care.

cal Trauma Intensive Care Unit,

Special recognition goes to the 2016-2017 Pediatric

Medical Intensive Care Unit,

Emergency Department Shared Governance Team. Team

ART 5 East Heart and Vascular, 9

members include Currina Stone, RN, chair and lead project

East Neuroscience, and Pediat-

editor; Kristen Ducharme, Julie Beck, RN; Tressa Heinen, RN;

ric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The Pediatric Cardiac ICU is

TaCorey Campbell, BSN, RN; Jessica Nguyen-Fisher, PNP;

the only pediatric cardiac intensive care unit in S.C. to achieve

and clinical staff leaders, Kari Penick, RN; Rachel Nusbau-

Beacon recognition.

mer, RN; and Madeline Gehrig, BSN, RN. Additionally, Scott

“Beacon units foster an environment that supports shared

Russell, MD, Ben Jackson, MD; Olivia Titus, MD; and Kathy

governance, nurse empowerment, nurse driven quality im-

Lehman-Huskamp, MD, were extremely helpful writing many

provement and the integration of evidence into daily prac-

of the document's components, each bringing unique skill

tice," explained Ann Benedict, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPN, a nurse

sets, innovative ideas, perseverance and passion to pediatric

professional development generalist. "Receiving the Beacon

emergency care.

MUSC Ranked State's No. 1 Hospital Third Year in a Row

MUSC Health only hospital in state to achieve national ranking by U.S. News & World Report MUSC Health was named by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row as the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina, and one of the country's top 50 hospitals in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders, gynecology, urology and cancer. MUSC was also high-performing in gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and rheumatology. Patrick J. Cawley, MD, MUSC Health CEO and MUSC vice president of health affairs, said the ranking is a reflection of the team’s commitment to putting patients and families first, advancing innovation in the delivery of care and striving to make our communities healthier in ways that go beyond the hospital setting. “There are lots of ranking systems out there, but this particular designation means more than reputation,” Dr. Cawley said. “These rankings reflect strong patient outcomes, excellence in teaching the next generation of care providers, new innovations that improve health and strong health care leadership."

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“Whatever you are physically... male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy-all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.� - Cassandra Clare


1962: Nursing students walk to and from classes. Do you recognize this entrance/exit door?


Thank you to all who contacted us about the classroom photo (shown left). Many of you believe the photo was taken between 1955 and 1956. Even more remarkable was that many of you were able to identify your classmates. What a memory!



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