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>> College Partners with Johnson & Johnson In a continued effort to help alleviate the nationwide nursing shortage, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future hosted the Promise of Nursing for South Carolina gala to raise funds and provide scholarships to help ease the nursing shortage in South Carolina. The event, which was held in Charleston on November 3, 2011, raised nearly $300,000. All funds raised from the event will remain in South Carolina to support undergraduate nursing student scholarships, graduate nursing education fellowships to prepare nurse faculty, and grants to South Carolina area nursing schools to help expand their program capacity. More than 500 South Carolina nurses and health care professionals were in attendance. As the 30th Johnson & Johnson Promise of Nursing regional gala to be held, this year’s proceeds contributed to the more than $18 million raised across the country to date. “At a time of limited financial resources this represents a rich and important gift to our community,” says Dean Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Nurses are the heart and soul of patient care as they care for patients during their most intimate moments, from bringing new life into the world to helping patients die with dignity,” says Marilyn J. Schaffner, PhD, RN, CGRN, chief nursing executive and administrator for clinical services, MUSC Medical Center. “Through partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, we have the opportunity to help fund scholarships for student nurses as they become part of the magic of nursing.” (L to R) Provost Mark Sothmann and Dean Gail Stuart Current predictions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicate that South Carolina is expected to experience more than 12,000 nursing position vacancies by 2020. The shortage predicted for South Carolina corresponds with national projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that estimate more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed to meet U.S. population demands by 2016. “The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is committed to supporting the recruitment and retention of our nursing workforce at both regional and national levels,” says Andrea Higham, director of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. “Partnering with local nursing organizations to host the Promise of Nursing galas help extend our reach, and our collaboration will ensure that nurses and student nurses across the country continue to receive the resources and funding they need.”



Spring | Summer 2012

Lifelines Spring/Summer 2012  
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MUSC College of Nursing magazine - Spring/Summer 2012