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The CONnection News and Views from the University of South Carolina COLLEGE OF NURSING

April 2013

Let’s Create Our Community Together: Discover, Dream and Design

As the new Dean in the College of Nursing, I have spent the last several months in a process of discovery about the College. I have met (and am continuing to meet) with our stakeholders, including current students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, university administrators, alumni, and community partners. I have asked many questions and here are my discoveries so far.

Inside This Issue Students’ Corner...............2-4 Upcoming Events..............4 Faculty & Staff Notes.......5-7 Alumni & Development....8-9 Practice Update................10

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• Our students are inquisitive and proud to be in the Gamecock nursing family. They are highly connected to their faculty who “go over and beyond”, their learning and growth opportunities, their patients, their student nursing organizations, and their community. They are youthful and vibrant and are our future leaders. Our students are amazing! • Our faculty and staff are committed and compassionate, both of which are highly infectious! Faculty and staff care about each other and have a strong sense of community. They are innovative in their ideas and are catalysts with their curriculums, their science, their practice, and policies. Our faculty are the best! • Our alum are dedicated to the University of South Carolina and our College. They are grateful for their education, their memories of favorite mentors and places, friends, and for our College’s ever higher status in the profession. They can be found everywhere across the state and beyond--- leading, mentoring, innovating, and giving back--- and are so proud of their foundations as a Gamecock nurse. Our alum are incredible! • Our partners are imaginative, complementary, and generous. They share resources, visions, and ideas and are creating new opportunities for our College. They are loyal champions and are devoted to our missions, whether past, present, or future. Our partners are steadfast! Yes, the discovery has yielded that the University of South Carolina College of Nursing is an incredible place. But we have more to do. To follow this discovery phase, we will all work together in our strategic planning process to create a dream for our future goals and aspirations. We will then work on designing our architecture and co-creating our future. This involves developing and designing creative and robust plans for our years ahead. We consider all of our constituents as partners in this process and look forward to hearing from you. Let’s dream and design our future community together. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” -Eleanor Roosevelt Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FAAN Dean & Professor - LIKE US!

Chi Eta Phi News Members of the University of South Carolina’s Delta Eta Alpha Beta chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., attended the 60th Annual Southeastern Regional Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC March 14 through March 17, 2013. Participants included Alesia McFarlin, Brittany Catchings, Dekeisha Foster, Brandi Burgess, Ruschell Pope, Brandi Patterson, Shamia Moffett, Cristina Remington, and Katherine Hyman. The student nurses participated in a host of activities including leadership workshops and plenary sessions. Collectively, the extremely dedicated and driven students representing the USC College of Nursing were awarded over $2000.00 in scholarships and awards. A total of seven accolades were received to include the first and second highest academic averages among students across eight states and the U. S. Virgin Islands included in the Southeast regional area. Additionally, the students received an award for the largest number of student representatives in attendance as well as a first place award in creative interpretive performance. In addition to group awards, individual accolades were also received. Miss Dekeisha Foster received the first place award for the highest GPA in the Southeast region. Miss Brittany Catchings was elected to a leadership office where she will serve as a regional representative to the national delegation and was also awarded the Anita K. Bass Scholarship Award for excellence in academic achievement. Miss Alesia McFarlin, the second place recipient for the highest GPA in the Southeast region, was also awarded the Beta Image Award which celebrates exhibition of leadership, character, and academic achievement. As a means of continuing their active involvement and upholding the mission and vision of the College of Nursing, March of 2013 remained very busy for the members of the USC Delta Eta chapter, as the students volunteered their time to assist with preparation activities for the University of South Carolina’s alternative spring break programs. Students participated by instructing program participants on basic first aid and blood pressure measurement techniques. Members will continue their dedication and service as they are hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to support continuing education initiatives to be held at Applebees on Devine St. on April 27, 2013. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by contacting members of the organization at or faculty sponsors, Dr. Joynelle Rivers or Dr. Jada Quinn. We are very proud of our up and coming nurse leaders and encourage their continued dedication to the profession of nursing as they continue their journey toward being accomplished Carolina nurses.

Palmetto Gold

Sigma Theta Tau Induction Katherine Hyman, winner of the 2013 Palmetto Gold Student Scholarship, at the Awards Gala on April 6th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau held it’s induction at the College of Nursing on March 23rd. Sixty-six students were inducted into nursing’s International Honor Society.

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves” -William Arthur Ward

SNA News

STUDENT Q&A Beth Bowers, Class of 2013

What is/was your favorite class? Capstone has been my overall favorite class. Putting all the pieces together and gaining confidence in practice has been the most rewarding aspect.

April 3rd-7th, twelve USC students attended the 61st annual National Student Nurses’ Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference was attended by 3,000 members. There were 10 additional students who attended the convention for a day. The USC students participated in workshops, focus sessions, and served in the House of Delegates. South Carolina had two resolutions passed in the House of Delegates. During the evenings, they caucused with other students from South Carolina to discuss candidates, went out to dinner, and saw the sights that Charlotte has to offer. A new national executive board was elected and sworn into office on the last day of the convention. The students heard the following speakers at plenary sessions: Rebecca Patton, Past President of the ANA, Dr. Joanne Disch, President of the American Academy of Nursing, Dr. Michael Bleich, Dean of Goldfarb School of Nursing and participant in creating “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”. An Exhibit hall was open with 112 participants from schools, hospitals, and health care related businesses from across the county. Every minute was filled with multiple options for the students. USC Junior Justin Chavis was awarded one of the NSNA Promise of Nursing Scholarships. Our state and school were well represented as South Carolina has one of the highest constituency states in the nation. The delegates from USC embodied all that a Gamecock should be on a national level.

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What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess? Flexibility. In nursing school, we learn the way things should be done. We should strive to make that our standard nursing practice. However—I have learned during this semester working in the ED of a rural hospital, flexibility is paramount. We should always strive to reach the gold standards we have learned, but adapting to emergency situations and thinking outside of the box is virtue. Tell us about your involvement in the SNA. Our class will be the 4th class to graduate as BSN nurses from the Salkehatchie campus. As the SNA relationship between distance campuses and the main campus had not been fully understood in previous classes, a few of us decided to figure out how we could become more involved and become more of a presence. We had a SNA interest meeting to gauge the involvement we could expect on our campus. We then held an election for the vacant liaison position-which was currently the only position on the board that distance students were eligible for. My classmates elected me to take on the role of developing that position on our campus. Being on a distance campus, I soon found that one position encompassed many jobs. As our SNA became more active within our community, we began to approach the idea of developing more positions for students on both distance campuses. After broaching the subject with several SNA faculty advisors, I advocated for a VP position for each distance campus and requested more point-held, non-executive board positions for each campus. At the executive board planning meeting this year, my ideas were motioned, accepted, and we have become a stronger voice for USC in the low-country area by empowering more students to become contributing members of USC’s SNA. Being part of an association introduces us to the concept of forming relationships and networks within the nursing community that we can build on and nurture once we graduate. The larger the network becomes, the louder our voice can be for our profession and as advocates for our patients. When you are not at the College of Nursing, how do you spend your time? I have a husband, a 5 ½ year old daughter, and a 4 year old son. We like to ride bikes, take the four wheelers out (with protective equipment, of course), and work on artsy/crafty type projects. I teach Sunday school, chair the fundraising committee for our local high school scholarship fund, and am on Bamberg City Council.

My Cleveland Heart and Vascular Institute Experience Tonya Sellers, ACNP-C, CHFN, DNP student

UPCOMING EVENTS April 15th Recognition Luncheon Contact: Monica Cromer - April 18th Awards Day April 25th Lamp Lighting Ceremony (Lancaster Campus) Contact: Amber Williams -

I had the tremendous opportunity this year to visit the Cleveland Heart and Vascular Institute the last week of March. The experience was more than I could have hoped for. I am currently a DNP student, with my focus of research being outpatient heart failure management and the role of clinical registries in practice. I am currently employed as an ACNP in a local cardiology practice. As I was researching articles, I saw the recurring author’s name “Dr. Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS”. I took a chance and contacted her for some clinical “PEARLS” of heart failure management. (I literally googled her contact information!). To my surprise, she was very receptive to talking with me. From that point, she connected me to Maureen O’Malley, MSN, CNP, CHFN, who is the current manager of the outpatient heart failure services department at the Cleveland Clinic. Mrs. O’Malley went above and beyond my expectations by facilitating an entire week of visiting various key people in the Clinic. I was fortunate to spend individual time with each of these inspiring ladies. I learned a tremendous amount from multiple people. A special “shout out” to Kathleen Kravitz, RN, BSN, MBA, Quality Director for the Institute; Michele CiCi, RN, CCRN, at Hillcrest CHF center, Pam Goepfarth, Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute’s Registries; and Dr. Michael Hannah, Medical director of the Hillcrest Heart Failure Clinic. All of these new acquaintances were not only superior in their individual roles, but extremely friendly, helpful, and accepting of me as a student there. I learned more than I could possibly summarize in a few short sentences here. Aside from the clinical knowledge I gained during this trip, I learned something even more important. As clinicians, whether RN, NP, DNP, PhD, or MD, we all share a common goal: to assist the client to actively participate in their healthcare, and to improve their quality of life and clinical outcomes. Along this path, we must remain honorable, compassionate and committed to doing our best. The providers at the Cleveland Clinic are a prime example of what can be accomplished by working as a true team. My present to myself to commemorate my experience there was a plaque from the gift shop that reads “Follow Your Heart!” Wow, am I glad I did.

April 27th Chi Eta Phi Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Contact: April 29th Last Day of Classes Senior student recognition with Dean Andrews Contact: Gloria Fowler - April 29th, 30th, & May 1st ATI NCLEX Review Course Contact: Gloria Fowler - April 30th Reading Day May 1st – May 8th Final Exams May 4th Commencement at USC Lancaster May 6th Commencement at USC Salkehatchie May 6th Dean Andrews’ State of the CON address May 6th - 12th Nurses Week May 9th Convocation May 9th Commencement at USC Aiken May 10th – 11th Commencement at USC Columbia May 13th End of the Semester May Session Begins

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Abbas S. Tavakoli DrpH, MPH, ME Dr. Tavakoli has worked at the College of Nursing since 1992 and will receive his 20 year service award on April 15th.

Faculty Presentations Peggy O. Hewlett, PhD, RN, FAAN, was invited to make a presentation titled, “Teaching Students to Work in Interprefessional Teams,” at the American Association of Colleges and Schools Masters Conference on 2/22/13 in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the national meeting of nursing educators was, “Looking Forward: Preparing Master’s Nursing Graduates for the Future.” Dr. Rita Snyder. (2013). “Effective Healthcare Process Redesign Through an Interdisciplinary Team Approach.” 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, the Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 20-23 2013.

Job Title and duties. What exactly do you do? I currently work as Director of Statistical Laboratory/Faculty with the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina. My job entails teaching, involvement with research, statistical support for student and faculty, and managing the statistical lab. I have taught Statistics courses for doctoral nursing students since 2004. I taught Bios700 (introduction to Biostatistics) and Bios710 (Effective Data management in Public Health) for graduate students in the School of Public Health. I also teach Freshman Seminar (UNIV 101) for the nursing section. Tell us about your most rewarding or satisfying experience or proudest moment at the CON. From my collaborative research efforts on projects with CON faculty, I have authored or co-authored a number (61) of databased articles in peer-reviewed journals. Also, I have presented with collaboration effort from our CON faculty many papers in poster and statistical sections of Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Conferences (regional and global) since 1998. What is your favorite class to teach? My favorite class is the third statistics course that I teach to PhD students. In this course, I work with students to teach them intermediate to advance statistical methods. Students also learn how to interpret and disseminate information for dissertation and publication. Tell us about your favorite research project. I love to be involved in any health related research. I would like to name several of them which I enjoyed working. These are Telephone Peer Counseling for Rural Women with HIV ( R01), Social Support for Mothers of Mentally Ill Children (R01), Teleconference Group: Breast Cancer in African Americans. Competitive (R01), Mass Casualty Triage Validation Study (R21), Substance Abuse Among Rural Women of South Carolina, Psychoneuroimmunology of Stress in Pregnancy (R15), Medication Administration Process, Fall Study (Lexington Hospital), and Blanket Study (Lexington Hospital). What do you do when you’re not working? I spend time with my family. I spend a lot of time with my 14 and 7 years old sons. Tell us something people may not know about you. I love sports, especially soccer. I was on the soccer team in my undergraduate program. Also, I like to read books (novels and politics) when I have free time.

Professor targets barriers in Latina community In the early 1980’s, DeAnne Messias worked as a community health nurse in the Amazon of Brazil, where access to health care was a major barrier among residents of rural villages. To reach the urban clinics or hospitals, patients would travel by boat, sometimes for 18 hours, and stand in line for hours to receive care. To address this need, Messias was responsible for supervising a cadre of community health workers who provided basic health services in their remote villages. Over 30 years later, the USC nursing professor continues her work with underserved populations, studying ways to get Latinas in the United States access to health care and health information. Click Here to read more

Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognitions The Palmetto Gold Gala was held April 6th at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Congratulations to our CON Faculty Winners, Dr. Laura Hein & Dr. Courtney Catledge.

Courtney Catledge with Dr. Angie Davis, Assistant Dean at USC Upstate.

Laura Hein has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Harriet Hancock Foundation - the BOD over the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center in Columbia, SC. Erin McKinney has been selected as a featured scholar for April 2013. She is featured on the Office of the Vice President for Research’s website which highlights faculty excellence, innovation, and creativity. Erin’s information can be viewed here. Lynne Douglass is the 2013 recipient of the James E. Clyburn Health Disparity Leadership Award for Public Health and Community Efforts in S.C. Congressman Clyburn presented the award to her on April 5th at the USC Russell House Theater where a reception followed the ceremony.

Laura Hein, with Dean Jeannette Andrews and Kathy Scharer.

The following article is among those selected by the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing’s review panel for the 2013 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award. Lori T. Sutton, Faye S. Baker, Nan J. Faile, & Dr. Abbas Tavakoli. (2012). A Quasi-Experimental Study Examining the Safety Profile and Comfort Provided by Two Different Blanket Temperatures. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 27(3), 181-192.

Faculty Publications Hunter, A., Wilson, L., Stanhope, M., Hatcher, B., Hattar, M., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Powell, D. (2013). Global Health Diplomacy: An Integrative Review of the Literature and Implications for Nursing. Nursing Outlook, 61(2), 85-92. Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., Sharpe, P. A., Treviño, L., Koskan, A. M. & Morales-Campos, D. (2013). Promotoras de Salud: Roles, Responsibilities, and contributions in a community-Based Participatory Research, Multi-Site, Randomized Controlled Trial. Hispanic Health Care International. Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Brandt, H. M., & Walsemann, K. (2013). Sustainability of promotora initiatives: Program planners’ perspectives. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318280012a

Trip of a Lifetime

On March 7-14 CON Faculty Member, Amber Williams, traveled to Milan, Venice, Verona, Florence, and Rome. She traveled with part of a USCL sponsored study abroad English course, Shakespeare and Italy. Williams says, “The art, the architecture, the land, the food, the accents…everything was wonderful! I really enjoyed climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence. The artwork inside the dome was amazing and the view of Florence from the top of the dome was breathtaking.” She found herself taking pictures of all the massive wooden doors and lanterns everywhere, each one beautiful and unique. She was surprised to find art was everywhere, from the intricate tile mosaic floors to the extravagantly painted ceilings.

She recounts the historic event of Pope Francis being announced: “Everyone, everywhere talking and anticipating whether there would be white or black smoke. The square had been filling up all day, and by 7:00, it was very crowded. There were people waving their country’s flag, hoping their cardinal would be chosen; there were nuns behind us praying; a group of small children beside us who were singing; and umbrellas everywhere. At 7:00, there was silence as everyone watched the small chimney at the far right of St. Peter’s. Then all of a sudden, probably 7:10 or so, the crowd erupted….“es bianco!” “It’s white”. Everyone was cheering, hugging, or praying and moving closer to the front of the square. We were so excited to be there for this historic event.” She hopes to return one day, “That’s what you wish for when you throw a coin in the Trevi fountain….to come back to Rome,” she said. Global Exchange Program

Study Abroad with Dr. Julia Ball

Students from InHolland University in the Netherlands visited The College of Nursing March 22nd30th. The students are graduate nursing students enrolled in either a nurse practitioner or physician assistant graduate program. The students are paired with like type practitioners in their specialty for a day so they sample several practice sites within the week. The come to learn how their roles are done in the US and also share their current research. Sigma Theta Tau has been involved with the program since 2006.

A native of Great Britain, Dr. Julia Ball has a long and illustrious history of leading study abroad experiences for nursing students. Since 1998, she has taken students from universities all over South Carolina to London, England; Munich and Nuremberg in Germany; Salzburg, Austria; and Interlaken, Switzerland. Dr. Ball is a visiting lecturer at universities of applied sciences schools of nursing in Munich and Nuremberg and she will be returning to the same universities in 2013. Additionally, Dr. Ball continues as an invited moderator and presenter at the international conference Nursing Education Tomorrow held at Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England. Dr. Ball will lead a study abroad experience to the beautiful, medieval city of Nuremberg, Germany in 2014 where USC nursing students will have the opportunity to meet nursing students from the Lutheran University of Applied Sciences, learn about the German healthcare system, and visit German hospitals as a clinical experience. Additionally, students will learn to use the ultra efficient public transportation system, visit places of interest in Nuremberg, and travel by train to the historic cities of Bamberg, Ingolstadt, Regensburg, and Munich. From Munich, students will have the opportunity to visit the memorial to the Holocaust victims who died in the concentration camp at Dachau. Dr. Ball will hold a meeting for UpperDivision students interested in the nursing study abroad experience to Germany in September. The Upper Division three (3) credit hour nursing elective will be held during Maymester, 2014. Upper Division students only will be eligible for the nursing study abroad experience.

Pictured here with CON Dean Andrews are CON Faculty Sabra Smith, Gaby van Bentum, Kirsten Kooiman, CON Faculty Ellen Synovec and Anita de Vette.

VITAL SIGNS....An Update from Alumni and Development Meet Ruth Q. Seigler, MN, RN Senior Consultant Ruth Q. Seigler is the Senior Consultant for the Dean’s Office at the USC College of Nursing and a founding member of the USC College of Nursing Partnership Board, serving on the Alumni Committee. She works part-time with the Development Director to promote and support alumni programs and services. Ruth has an ADN from Lander College, a BSN and MN from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a post master’s certificate from the National Leadership Institute on Aging at the University of Colorado-Denver. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 50 years. She has a long and distinguished career and is the former Executive Director of two agencies for the State of SC—the State Board of Nursing and the State Commission on Aging. She served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services at Self Memorial Hospital and as Clinical Director of Nursing Specialties at Richland Memorial Hospital. At the USC College of Nursing, she served on the faculty and as the Assistant Dean. She also assisted the College in developing the Center on Nursing Leadership and served as the first Director of the Center. She also served as Director of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Program. She has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Outstanding Alumni Award at Lander University and the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She received the SC League for Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership and the SCNA Award for Excellence in Promotion of Practice. She received recognition as one of the Palmetto State’s top 100 Nurses-the Palmetto Gold and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. She also received the Rubin-Taylor Humanitarian Award. In 2011, she and her husband Rallie were awarded the USC College of Nursing’s Partnership Spirit of Giving Award which is now named in their honor. Very active in her community and church, she is a Rotarian, a member of the Columbia Luncheon Club, the Columbia Pilot Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Sigma Theta Tau and ANA. She serves on numerous Boards and Commissions and recently completed a three year term serving as the moderator of Trinity Presbytery presiding over the Session and the Governing Body of 67 Presbyterian Churches. A member of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, she is currently an Elder and moderator of Christian Education. She served two terms on the Board of Visitors for Thornwell Children’s Home. She and her husband Rallie have served as Foster Parents for teenage girls and have hosted numerous foreign exchange students over the years. An avid gardener, she is the past president of the Wildewood Garden Club. Recently she has expanded her creativity and is painting watercolors of birds and flowers. Ruth is married to Rallie M. Seigler, and had two sons, Marsh and Scot. Scot and his wife Jennifer have provided two wonderful grandchildren, Sam - 9 and Ella -6.

The Hearst Foundation’s Board has awarded the University of South Carolina College of Nursing’s Simulation Lab Expansion $75,000. Congratulations to everyone involved who helped make this happen!

Do you know an outstanding CON Alumnus? 2013 NOMINATION FORMS can be found here. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2013.

One Nurse’s Story

by USC CON Alumni Suzanne Dixson Thomas, PhD, APRN-BC, Nurse Scientist Owner, CSRA Nursing Associates, PC, Since 1993 Augusta, Georgia I grew up in the late fifties, early sixties. It was a time when women were limited to three occupations – secretary, teacher, or nurse – according to my mother. Daddy’s dream was that we three girls would all be engineers. In any case, I was determined to go to college. I wanted to be a scientist. At the last possible minute, I went to USC and registered for the fall semester of 1962 in the School of Nursing. After one year of school, mother decided that was enough. We never had much money and she had decided it was time for me to be on my own. I could take a clerical position at the telephone company where my father worked. So, I did not pre-register for the fall semester of 1963. Miss Amy Viglione was Dean of the School of Nursing. She called me to her office to inquire why I had not preregistered. When I explained mother’s view, she promptly called my mother and father to her office as well. We sat together in her office, staring in awe of this Yankee woman who was dressed in a beautiful suit, nails manicured, hair coiffed, and who was speaking to my parents in a businesslike tone. I don’t think she subscribed to the secretary--teacher--nurse notion. She was a professional nurse in a leadership role, an educator who saw a young student with potential. “No,” she said firmly and politely. “You cannot take her out of school.” “She can finish at the hospital if she wants to be a nurse,” my mother protested. “No. She needs to stay here and finish her degree. She is one of my best students!” I was astonished. It was true that I had exempted the first year of math and English, scored high in general chemistry, and was making a good average. As a freshman in a class of 125 students, I had not thought she knew I existed. But Miss Viglione was well informed about all her students. She proceeded to map out a plan with my parents. I was to stay at home, not in the dormitory; I would work all summer at the telephone company, save my earnings to pay tuition, and return in the Fall. I would ride the bus to work and school. My parents agreed to try it for another year. All that summer, I took dictation and tried to recall what those shorthand

characters meant when it came time to type the letters. I filed, read teletype tapes, filed, ran errands for others, and filed some more. That was the longest summer of my life. It ensured that I would work hard at Carolina the next year. I am grateful to Miss Viglione, now Mrs. Cockcroft, for her intervention. I graduated with my class in June of 1966 (USC, BS in Science). Later, I completed a Master of Nursing (Emory, 1972), a Family Nurse Practitioner Program (UT, Arlington, 1978), and a PhD in Nursing (TWU, 1984). I served as a faculty member in Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia for over 25 years. I never forgot the way Miss Viglione helped me. I took every opportunity to help my students to optimize their potential in Nursing. Sometimes nurses wonder whether or not they make a difference. We are the profession with the greatest degree of trust because of our ethical standards. Just by caring about and helping others, we make life better for those we serve, from the Dean of Nursing to the lowliest freshman. I am glad to be a nurse, a Carolina graduate.

All Gifts and Pledges to support Nursing can be sent to: USC College of Nursing 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 736 Columbia, SC 29208 Gift Processing Checks Made Payable to the USC Educational Foundation or at our website To learn how you can make a difference at USC College of Nursing contact the Development Office at 803-777-3468.

What is up in Practice and Politics? NP/CNM Lobby Day: South Carolina Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife Lobby Day Honoring the General Assembly, Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives April 18, 2013 9:00 AM First Floor of the Blatt Building South Carolina Statehouse

Doctorate of Nursing Practice Interested in the DNP Program at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing? The Clinical Doctorate Program is for Post Baccalaureate, MSN, and Post Masters Nursing Graduates. Curriculum is based on leadership, health policy, advanced practice, and evidence based outcomes. All didactic courses for the DNP program can be completed online, and there is no GRE requirement for admission to the program. The program can also be completed at your own pace, with part-time and full-time options available for working professionals. The college also offers scholarship opportunities for qualified students.

Wear your lab coat and name pin. For more information about the Coalition for Access to Health Care or to join us for SC NP/CNM Day, please contact Ashley Hunter at or 803-705-2151

CONTACT US College of Nursing University of South Carolina 1601 Greene Street Columbia, SC 29208 Office of Student Affairs: 803-777-7412 Office of the Dean: 803-777-3861 Information Resource Center: 803-777-1213 Office of Research: 803-777-7413 Employment Opportunities

South Carolina College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Points of Pride: • 100% pass rate for FNP and ACNP graduates on certification exams • One of the first four nationally recognized DNP programs in the country • Location of the first recognized NP Medical Home Practice in South Carolina • Fully implemented Practice Plan, with all NP professors active in an NP practice • Health policy internships available for all DNP students • All students collaborate with dynamic faculty mentors on evidence based projects • A wealth of opportunities for grant development

The application deadline for Fall 2013 admission is May 1, 2013. Visit our website for

more information, email the Office of Graduate Studies, or call us at 803-777-7412 to apply today.

Gamecock CONnection April 2013  

Monthly newsletter from the USC College of Nursing

Gamecock CONnection April 2013  

Monthly newsletter from the USC College of Nursing