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


Global Perspectives I have just returned from the Sigma Theta Tau 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong, where I was invited to present my research findings on women in public housing. There were over 1000 nurse scientists from over 40 countries in attendance. In both “developing” and developed countries, costs of healthcare are soaring, as individuals are living longer with chronic health conditions and increasing complexity. Many European and Asian countries are attempting to increase the proportion of “university trained nurses” (our equivalent to BSN) and are increasing their efforts towards advanced practice nursing. Regardless of one’s country of residence, gaps in health care access, especially among the most impoverished, continue to plague our global efforts. The highlight of my trip included a tour of the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. Hong Kong has both public and private hospitals. This particular private hospital is rated as the premiere hospital in Hong Kong and has 500 beds and 30 specialist centers. Cynthia C. Huie-Rose, the Matron of Nursing (our equivalent to a Chief Nursing Officer), provided the tour (see photo). She proudly wore her nursing cap and explained that the stripes denote ranking. Her cap has 2 navy stripes with a red center, while directors’ caps have two stripes (no fill), and registered nurses’ cap have one stripe. The hospital is positioned in a prime location, with fabulous views of the Happy Valley Race Course, in which betting on horses is a local favorite pastime. Interestingly, patients are assigned rooms based on the amount of money they are willing to pay. So there are no medical wards –rather patients are mixed on units based on price with the more expensive rooms on the higher levels (and better views of the race course). The largest patient room is over 3000 square feet in size and occupied by a “VIP” (unable to see during the tour). An elite ICU bed with an adjoining family room costs up to $25,000 USD per day (and this is just for the bed). All rooms are equipped with IE Buddy, a patient “infotainment” terminal operating on Windows 7, in which patients can make phone calls, search the web, watch television, receive education, etc., as well for clinicians’ use to access the patient record at the bedside. The technology is really incredible! Globally, over one of two health professionals are nurses. Although we work in different settings in many different locations, we have a common theme of advocating for patients and the populations we serve! Looking forward to seeing you at the Viana McCown event on October 17th. You can find the link to register in the following pages. Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FAAN Dean & Professor - LIKE US!

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Join us for the USC College of Nursing Homecoming 50th Anniversary of the Viana McCown Lectureship and Alumni Day “Celebrating our Past, Shaping our Future” Keynote Speaker

Phyllis Beck Kritek, RN, PhD, FAAN Conflict Engagement Specialist Sole Proprietor: “courage” Training, Facilitation, Consultation, Coaching, and Mediation FRIDAY

Schedule of Events:







Keynote Address




Where were you? 70 Years of Alumni Stories 1944 - 2014



Fashion Show: Miss McCown Presents Nursing Uniforms Over the Decades

$75 general, $30 students


Leadership and Challenges: Dean’s Panel Past to Present



Alumni Awards Ceremony


A Touch of Garnet & Black: Mix & Mingle at the College of Nursing



8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Capstone Conference Center

For more information contact Courtney Jones 803-777-3039

The Center for Nursing Leadership is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Successful completion of the program will award 3.5 contact hours.

VITAL SIGNS....An Update from Alumni and Development Young Alumnus Q&A: Adrian Torbela, BSN (‘09) Tell us about your family. My family migrated from Philippines in 2003. My mother is a registered nurse in California and my brother is a registered nurse at Palmetto Richland. My dad was a physician back in the Philippines and is now retired. My sister is currently in license vocational nursing school. Where do you work now and what are your future plans? I am back at school taking science classes and am applying to medical school this year. After 4 years of working as nurse on a medical-surgical unit, I’ve decided that this was the right time to pursue medical school. Nursing has been a great experience for me. It not only helped me grow and mature as a person, but it has taught me the values of treating everyone with respect and dignity. What is the most interesting thing you have seen or done as a nurse? There are so many interesting things you will experience in nursing. One thing that stands out to me was taking care of patients with traumatic brain injury. They were not expected to survive but after a week or two on the floor, these patients went from being in a coma to squeezing a rubber ball with their hands. I had a patient who even started responding to nurses pointing one or two fingers. It was amazing to see these things happen. One thing I have learned is that there is always a chance and to never give up on life. What does it mean to be a College of Nursing Alumnus? Were there any faculty and/or campus experiences that helped you with your career choices and where you are now? I am proud to be part of the USC College of Nursing. The professors and staff were an important part in my development as a nursing student during my undergraduate years. They strive to provide quality education and training. Dr. Kathleen Mercer’s Nutrition class was very informative and I was able to utilize this to help me lose weight during the last 3 years of my undergrad. Losing weight properly was one of the best things that happened in my life because nursing demands so much from you not only mentally but also physically. Now, I still keep the healthy habits I learned in her class.

SAVE THE DATE The College of Nursing will host the Cockaboose at the September 27th Home Football Game (vs. Missouri - Parents Weekend)

Special Alumni Reunions Classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, 2004, and 2009 will be held at the Viana McCown Lectureship and Alumni Day

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.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Dr. Laura C. Hein was invited to the White House for a follow-up briefing on the Affordable Care Act and the LGBT Community on July 24th, 2014. Dr. Hein was the only attendee from South Carolina. Pictured here with the Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality.

Faculty Publications Hein, L. C., & Gardenier, D. (2014). Will Marriage Equality Make a Difference in the Health of LGBT Americans? Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(6), 376-377. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2014.03.010

Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Cristy DeGregory, on her Dissertation Defense based on her research study, “The Effects of Multiple Gratitude Interventions Among Informal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Grants Funded Dr. Karen McDonnell, “A Dissemination Project to Advance Lung Cancer screening in SC.” South Carolina Cancer Alliance.

Eberth JM, Qiu R, Adams S, Salloum R, Bell N, Arrington A, Linder SK, Reginald M. Lung Cancer Screening using Low-Dose CT in the US: The Current Landscape. Editorially accepted (July 2014) at Lung Cancer.

Dr. Ronit Elk, “Community-Generated Palliative Care

Faculty Presentations

Grants Submitted

Christy DeGregory presented “The Effects of Multiple Gratitude Interventions Among Informal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” at the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion Indiana on June 16, 2014.

Dr. Swann Adams, “Lung Cancer Screening: Primary

Telemedicine for Rural Black and White Elders.” R21 from National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Care Physicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices.” NIH/ NCI R03

Welcome to the College of Nursing!

UPCOMING EVENTS August 6th CON Staff Appreciation Day New DNP Student Social August 9th Summer Commencement August 13-14 USC New Faculty Orientation

Jessica McCormick Executive Assistant to the Dean

Faculty Spotlight: Tena Hunt McKinney, PhD, APRN Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Tena McKinney joined USC College of Nursing in March 2013 after completing a Duke University, School of Nursing research fellowship in Chronic Illness and Care Systems Trajectories. In 2010, she completed the requirements for her PhD at the Arnold School of Public Health, Health Services, Policy and Management where she studied health services and workforce. Dr. McKinney’s research program focuses on increasing health system capacity for high quality health care as influenced by nurse leadership behaviors and clinical-academic partnerships to enrich the nursing education experience. For example, in Spring 2014 Dr. McKinney partnered with one of the largest health systems in SC to develop strategies to resolve clinical nursing education placement shortages on inpatient units. Student, faculty and nursing staff surveys indicated positive experiences with the educational ecosystem model, which distributes learning opportunities across multiple, diverse settings and increases clinician-student engagement. Not only did health system personnel contribute to nursing education in the clinical setting, but staff nurses also participated in College of Nursing simulations with students. The next steps are to nurture and develop the program further and to explore potential measures of the ultimate outcomes of nursing educational programs- patient care outcomes and experiences. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. McKinney practices as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Children and Family Health Care Clinic and serves as the SC Nurses Association, Commission Chair of Professional Development and Advocacy. She has provided services to underserved populations in rural and inner-city communities in SC since 1993. Dr. Tena Hunt McKinney is a featured Scholar by the Vice President for Research’s office. Read it HERE.

August 15th Patient Centered Decision Making: Myth or Reality in Breast Cancer Care Presented by Dr. Sue P. Heiney 10:00 – 11:30 am 915 Greene Street, Room 140 Discovery I Building August 16th Move In Day August 17th Freshman Tea: 1:30 pm, 1st floor lobby New Student Convocation August 18th CON Back To School Events for Faculty/Staff August 20th New PhD Student Social August 21st Fall Semester Begins September 1 No Classes – Labor Day September 26th – 28th Parents Weekend September 26th Commitment Ceremony September 27th Cockaboose October 17th - 19th Homecoming Weekend October 17th Viana McCown Lectureship October 18th Homecoming Game October 23-24 Fall Break

Students Corner

Jamie Lawson is working with the company Wildness Ventures in Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands this summer leading high school students on service oriented outdoor adventure trips.

Jordan Ferrugia visited family in Italy for three weeks this summer.

Jackie Nolan has an externship this summer with the University of Maryland Medical Center Student Nurse Residency Program. She will be working on a med-surg floor.

Mary McGuinness has an externship this summer at Georgetown University Hospital on the Surgical ICU.

Student Nurse Leader Atlanta, GA native, Lauren Massey, will represent nursing in the 2014 Leadership Scholars Program. The Leadership Scholars are a student driven group created by the Carolina Leadership Initiative that will be taking on a drastically different role for the 20142015 academic year. Leadership and leadership development have become buzz words on college campuses nationwide, but, many campuses fail to address the ambiguity of the term “leadership.” What does it mean to be a student leader, and more importantly, what does it mean to be a student leader at The University of South Carolina? This coming fall, this cohort of leadership scholars is tasked with answering these very questions. They will focus first on building a strong knowledge base around a number of diverse leadership models and theories, and then will begin identifying applicable characteristics that define a “Carolina Leader.” This student driven project will help to create a framework of leadership development that addresses specific student needs and interests at The University of South Carolina. Massey stated, “I am honored to have been selected as a Leadership Scholar. I look forward to using my leadership skills, in collaboration with others, to create and foster a thriving and altruistic program at USC.”

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA COLLEGE OF NURSING No Limits to our Teaching • First and largest BSN and nursing graduate programs in the state of SC • 94%-100% NCLEX and Nurse Practitioner Board Pass Rates, exceeding both state and national averages • New PhD student fellowships and stipends • National and Internationally recognized faculty • Online graduate programs ranked top in the country by US News and World Report No Limits to our Innovation • State-of-the-art Client Simulation Lab providing revolutionizing and quality education to students • Cutting edge research in health care delivery, cancer survivorship, health promotion, and vulnerable populations • 4th DNP program in the country, now provided online • Center for Nursing Leadership is leading state-wide action coalitions responsive to the national Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action No Limits to our Caring • The College of Nursing’s Children and Family Healthcare Center is the only nurse managed medical home in South Carolina • Our dedicated expert clinical faculty provide comprehensive healthcare to all ages of an underserved population • Over 90 scholarships provided each year to our students, with the generosity from our alumni and donors • Well established partnerships with health systems and stakeholders across the state No Limits to our Scholarship • National leaders in nursing research with 70% of our tenure track faculty having received NIH funding • Diverse portfolio of research funding from NCI, NINR, NHLBI, NLM, CDC, HRSA, Duke Foundation, & others • Two Research Centers: Healthcare Process and Redesign Center and Cancer Survivorship Center

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

Office of Research: 803-777-7413 Center for Nursing Leadership 803-777-3039 Employment Opportunities

August 2014 enewsletter  

Monthly publication from the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.

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