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

New Dean Arrives at the CON Q&A with Jeannette Andrews Featured Research Scholar

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February 2013

Welcome to our first College of Nursing e-newsletter, the Gamecock CONnection. When I came to the campus to interview for the Dean’s position in 2012, I heard incredible stories about the College’s people, products, and passion that I was previously unaware. Indeed, these stories needed to be shared not only within the College’s and University’s corridors, but to our alumni groups and partners. Hence, we are launching this monthly newsletter to share the CON news and “happenings” with all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners. Our College of Nursing has the largest student body among nursing schools in the state, is nationally recognized, and is getting even better. In 2012, we achieved 96% NCLEX pass rates and 100% nurse practitioner certification exam pass rates. We established the first nurse-managed medical home in the state, and designated and further actualized two College of Nursing “Research Centers”: the Cancer Survivorship Center and the Healthcare Process Redesign Center. These accomplishments enhance our existing resources, such as the Center for Nursing Leadership, Children and Family Health Care Center, and our state-of-the-art Simulation Laboratory. Yes, the University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing is on a mission to transform and positively impact the health care of the citizens of South Carolina and beyond. I am thrilled to be a part of this team and to join this momentous journey. Two of my major priorities over the next year will be to facilitate additional growth in our research agendas and to expand the PhD program. This month I launched several new fellowship and scholarship opportunities for new PhD students. Click here to read more about this. Our College will add full-time faculty positions, including an Endowed Professor, additional tenure-track research faculty, and DNP clinical faculty. Additional faculty are needed to meet the demands from our growing student population, as well as to generate meaningful and scholarly contributions to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes. In the months ahead, I will further articulate these and other priorities as the College continues to position itself as a nationally prominent leader that is making a difference in our local/regional communities. I am honored to return to my alumnus school and to serve as the seventh Dean of the College of Nursing. I invite you to join me in both sharing and shaping the College’s contributions and impact. I hope you enjoy our first newsletter and stay tuned……… there are more great stories to come. Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN Dean & Professor

SC CON Student Enrollment at an all time High The College of Nursing has 1150 Undergraduate students and 220 students in our Master and Doctoral Programs, bringing our total number of students to 1370. We hope everyone has had a great first month of classes and we are looking forward to a productive Spring Semester!

NCLEX Pass Rate Above Average Our 2012 NCLEX scores are in and USC has an approximately 96% “first time” pass rate for students graduating last year. Special recognition to our faculty, staff, and administrators in the undergraduate program for their hard work and dedication to our students’ success! USC has the largest BSN program in the state, and is a leader in producing high quality and competent nurses in our region and beyond.

Student Nurses’ Association News

Chi Eta Phi News

The USC SNA won the “Golden Toothbrush” award for the most dental product donations, a statewide SNA drive. They made valentines for Tucker Center Residents and delivered them on Valentine’s day. Eight USC SNA Columbia members and three USC SNA Salkehatchie members attended the state SNA Leadership Retreat on Saturday February 9, 2013.

For more information about the SNA please visit their Website and Facebook Page

This month Chi Eta Phi Sorority focused on Heart Healthy Month. On February 5 members they educated the USC Student Body about the importance of heart health with an educational display in the Russell House lobby. They had students decorate hearts they made with messages of encouragement for the children in Epworth Children’s Home. The cards were delivered around Valentine’s Day. They also participated in the quarterly Adopt A Highway project to clean up the beautiful roads of South Carolina at the designated site on Farrow Road and Wilson Blvd. located in Northeast Columbia.


New Fellowships and Scholarships for College of Nursing PhD Students The College of Nursing is pleased to announce new merit-based funding for students entering the PhD in Nursing Science in Fall 2013. Three new initiatives offer PhD students significant financial aid, in addition to professional development opportunities as research assistants collaborating on interdisciplinary research teams under the mentorship of internationally recognized faculty scholars. Click here For more information on these and other CON scholarships.

What is your fondest memory of your time so far in the nursing program? My fondest memory has been of the friendships that I have made throughout my pursuit to becoming a nurse. What did it feel like to take care of a patient for the first time? Caring for my first patient proved to me that nursing is my path in life, and it’s an experience that will always remain in my heart. What is your proudest accomplishment at USC so far? I am most proud of my involvement and success in the Student Nurses’ Association- at USC and across SC. What is most challenging as a nursing student? It is very challenging to find more than 24 hours in a day to complete my to-do list 7 days a week; eventually I just wake up the next day to start over. Tell us about your extracurricular activities. I am involved with the SNA serving as the vice president for the state board. I also serve as the undergraduate representative for the College of Nursing Partnership Board. I chartered the first male student nursing association in SC, the South Carolina Rooster Nurses. What would be your dream job and/or what do you hope to do after graduation? I hope to return to graduate school to receive my master’s degree after gaining several years of experience. Currently, I see my dream job as working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in South Carolina.

UPCOMING EVENTS March 2nd Upper Division Orientation 10 am in Room 231 Contact: De Onna Greenwood - March 4th Last day to drop a course or withdraw with a grade of “WF” being recorded (Session C002) March 10th – 17th Spring break – no classes March 13th Consultant visit on workload models and database - Faculty March 15th Scholarship Applications Due March 15th SNA Capitol Day March 18th Deadline to submit virtual pictures to be used in the May 2013 Convocation slide show Contact: Gloria Fowler - March 23rd Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship & Alpha Xi Induction Ceremony Contact: Eileen Leaphart - March 25th – 27th ATI NCLEX Review Contact: Gloria Fowler -

VITAL SIGNS....An Update from Alumni and Development Congratulations to our 2012 Alumni Award Winners Betty Joyce “BJ” Roof and Brandy Dickson! Pictured here with previous award winners, Caroline Seigler, Renatta Loquist, Ruth Seigler, Sue Heiney and Brenda Nickerson. Do you know an outstanding CON Alumnus? 2013 NOMINATION FORMS can be found here. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2013.

Betty Joyce Roof, MN, BSN BJ Roof received her ADN (1969), BSN (1977), MN (1982) all from the USC College of Nursing. She is currently employed at Palmetto Health Baptist. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Xi Chapter, SCONE, and the Palmetto Gold Steering Committee. She dedicated the past thirty-five years to the professional development of nurses. As a director of Nursing, she provides leadership for every clinical area within the Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital system. Her desire to serve others led her to play a major role in the creation of patient care clinics staffed by nurses to serve the homeless and indigent – these have continued to thrive over 15 years. She also organized a parish nurse program in her community and has served as a member of the Midlands Partnership Parish Nurse Board since 1997. Congratulations to our 2012 Outstanding Nurse Alumnae!

Brandy Frost Dickson, ND, APRN-BC, FNP, ACNPA Brandy Frost Dickson, received her BSN (1999) and ND (2003) from the USC College of Nursing. Dr. Dickson currently serves as the District Manager of Operations at CVS Caremark MinuteClinics. Active in her community and the state, she works with school nurses for care access and is an advocate in SC legislative issues. A Nurse Fellow of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Program, she coauthored “Nurse Stories” developed to to share the history and wisdom of nurses making a difference in every day practice of nursing. Dr. Dickson is certified as a Nurse Practitioner, a member of ANA and Sigma Theta Tau- Alpha Xi. Chapter. Dr. Dickson was honored with “Best in Clinical Practice” award and the “Manager of the Year for High Quality Care”. She is the proud mother of a six year old son, Stone. Congratulations to our 2012 Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnae!

Often we wonder what happened to a classmate that we remember from our time as students at the College of Nursing. This column will be a regular feature to give an update on an alumna so please help us share your the news.

ALUMNI PROFILE Greta Anita Green

This month’s featured Alumna is Greta Anita Green. Greta is from the little town of Brunson, SC (between Allendale and Hampton). She loves learning and has pursued this love over her lifetime. She holds an Associate of Arts from USC Salkehatchie in 1982, a BSN at USC Columbia in 1987, a MS in Management from Southern Wesleyan University and is currently completing a MSN in Leadership Management at Walden University. Greta is passionate about nursing and providing the very best leadership to her nursing staff to assure quality care for the patients. In her role as a Nurse Manager for the Intermediate Intensive Care Unit at Palmetto Health Baptist, she says “My strong faith has helped to shape me for this great journey of compassion, ethical standards and integrity which are the cornerstones of nursing for me”. The fact that I was able to attend the University of South Carolina has truly been a blessing. I am forever grateful for my family, friends, mentors and all those who have imparted many life lessons to help make me the woman I am today. What I do now in my career is not just for me alone, but for all those that came before me and paved the pathway to allow the doors of opportunity to be opened. I will strive to share the gems of knowledge I gained and continue doing my part to make a difference to enhance the pathway for others.” Greta also has musical gifts and she has been playing the piano since she was eight years old. She loves to play classical, jazz and gospel.This alum is full of surprises of successful acheivements in that she is Nurse Fellow from the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program 2006, a Legal Nurse Consultant for her company G&B Resources, and she has advanced skills in the martial arts. An active member in Sigma Theta Tau and a founding member of the Partnership Board for the College of Nursing. Greta is living up to her motto of “strive to make a difference.” Kudos to Greta Green, a proud USC Alumna!

Partnership Board launches Clinical Simulation Campaign Former CON Dean Peggy Hewlett’s passion and leadership have furthered the development of a state of the art Clinical Simulation Laboratory on the Columbia campus. This provides students with clinical experiences that simulate the life and death scenarios they will encounter in their clinical rotations and in their nursing careers. There is urgent demand to expand and continuously upgrade the Clinical Simulation Laboratory and to expand the simulation experiences provided to our students. This has led the USC College of Nursing’s Partnership Board to launch a $200,000 campaign effort to benefit the continuous upgrading for Clinical Simulation and thereby honor Dean Hewlett. This legacy fund will also provide a Wall of Honor that will include her name and those of all donors who give $1,000 or more. They have currently raised $34,790. Gifts for this campaign can be designated to the Clinical Simulation Laboratory Fund and mailed to the USC Foundations, 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 736, Columbia, SC 29208 For more information contact Diane Scott at 803-777-3468 or

Faculty Presentations

Dr. Sue Heiney traveled to Japan last summer and conducted educational workshops sponsored by Hope Tree, a Japanese organization dedicated to addressing the needs of children whose parents have cancer in cooperation with Novartis Japan. Dr. Abbas Tavakoli, Dr. Joan Culley, Dr. Jean Craig, and Dr. Erik Svendsen. Using SAS to Create Code for Current Triage Systems during Chemical Incidents. SAS® Global Forum 2013 Conference in San Francisco, CA, Apr. 28 - May. 1, 2013.

CON Professor travel to Thailand Dr. DeAnne Messias, who serves on the Board of Directors for the International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI), attended the 19th annual international congress of the ICOWHI in Bangkok, Thailand in November. The Council had the honor of presenting the “Taylor and Francis Award for Exemplary Work on Women’s Health” to Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand. The princess was honored for her “outstanding engagement in enhancing quality of lives and social welfare among women.” The princess, who received her Juris Doctorate from Cornell University, is highly regarded for her work related to law and criminology and has written several books on women living in the prison system. Lisa Duggan, PhD, (2011 CON graduate) was also invited to attend the conference.

Dr. Nathan Huynh, Dr. Rita Snyder, Dr. José Vidal, Omor Sharif, Dr. Bo Cai, and Dr. Kevin Bennett. Unbundled Versus Bundled Nurse Medication Administration Process: Preliminary Findings Of A Pilot Field Study. 7th IMA Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health and Social Care at Woburn House, London, England, March 25 – 27, 2013. Culley, JM, Craig, JB, Tavakoli, A & Svendsen, E. Gleaning Data From Disaster: A Hospital-Based Data Mining Method To Studying All-Hazard Triage After A Chemical Disaster. Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic June 22-26, 2013. Tavakoli, A, Culley, JM, Craig, J. & Svendsen, ER. Using SAS to create code for current triage systems during chemical incidents. Submitted to SAS Global 2013 Conferences, San Francisco April 2013. (Accepted for publication). Lydia Zager presented “Managing the Clinical Day for Student Success” on February 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL for the AACN Faculty Development Workshop. Andrews JO, Wolf S, Sonne S, Oppenheimer S, Obeid J, Gentilin S, Brady K, Magruder K. Pilot study of video enhanced consents in online consent system designed for I-Pads. Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Annual Conference, Little Rock, AK. March 2013.

Faculty Publications Dr. Julia Ball and Dr. Thayer McGahee. (In press). Dedication of Hands to Nursing: A Ceremony of Caring. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Culley, JM. & Svendsen, ER. A review of the literature on the validity of mass casualty triage systems with a focus on chemical exposures. Submitted August 2012 to the American Journal of Disaster Medicine. In press.

Funding Dr. Sue Heiney. (January 2013). Story and Adherence: Breast Cancer in African Americans. Funded by the ONS Foundation. Project dates: 2013 – 2015.

Awards and Recognition Dr. Abbas Tavakoli has been appointed section chair at the Southeastern SAS Users Group (SESUG) annual meeting in St. Petersburg Beach, FL in October 2013 and to the Southeastern SAS Users Group (SESUG) Executive Council . Dr. Laura Hein and Dr. Courtney Catledge have been named 2013 Palmetto Gold recipients. Dr. Laura Hein was elected to the Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Sissie Probert was nominated for the 2012 Outstanding 101 Teaching Award – Nursing Section The winner will be announced in May. Dr. Abbas Tavakoli and Gail Vereen will be recognized for 20 years of service at USC at the April 15th state service award program. Professor Kim Glenn has been appointed as the Interim Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

The SC Center for Nursing Leadership “Where we believe that every nurse is a leader…” Peggy O. Hewlett, PhD, RN, FAAN Director of the SC Center for Nursing Leadership

Welcome to the SC Center for Nursing Leadership! I have the distinct honor of having been appointed as the Director for the Center, effective January 1st. Dr. Elizabeth White-Hurst provides excellent staff support and Carly Eklund (a USC College of Nursing DNP student and one of two SC Jonas Leadership Scholars) works with us as a graduate assistant. Over the next few months we will be sharing with you exciting information about this Center and the important role we play in implementing the IOM Future of Nursing Report recommendations. If you have not had the opportunity to read this landmark report, you may access this link directly and familiarize yourself with the critical issues and challenges facing the profession. South Carolina nurse leaders are involved with the SC One Voice One Plan Action Coalition – and you can be too! Watch this column in future newsletters for the latest from South Carolina’s only Center for Nursing Leadership.

What is up in Practice?

Stephanie Burgess, PhD, APRN, BC, FAANP The Children and Family HealthCare Center (CFHC) is a NP-managed center owned and operated by the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing; opened for primary care family practice M-F 7:30 to 4:30 PM daily, with after call hours and a full time answering service. The CFHC is located in a pocket of urban poverty adjacent to the Columbia-Sumter Empowerment Zone. The practice is located in Census Tract 11, which is designated as a “Low Income Population – City of Columbia” area and as a Health Professional Shortage Area. Over 70% of the patients are Medicaid recipients. Approximately, 3,000 patients per year are served. Approximately 47% present with more than one chronic health care issue. In 2009, the CFHC received designation as a “medical home” and in 2012 as the first NP “medical home” autonomous practice through the South Carolina Medical Home network of the SC Department of Health and Human Services. This designation enables CFHC to serve more low income individuals for care, especially those with chronic diseases, and to receive higher reimbursement. Additionally, CFHC is one of two practices in SC that has received status in 2012 as a “Medical Home” for international refugees seeking sanctuary in the US. Care is delivered in a team based model. Teams consist of the Nurse Practitioner, Pharm D student, and the Nurse Practitioner student. Under NP supervision, both the NP and Pharm D students assess the patient, develop the plan of care, and implement culturally competent based care/patient teaching. Both Pharm D and NP students develop patient teaching materials as part of the clinical rotation. In 2012, four Pharm D students and 200 NP students (FNP and Acute Care) rotated through the CFHC for a total of 4,800 student clock hours.

What is up in Practice and the Political World? House Bill 3372 was introduced in the House on Wednesday January 22, 2013. It was sent to the House Education and Public Works Committee. This Bill will authorize Advance Practice Nurses to sign for Handicapped Placards for patients. For more information, go to this website: Representatives Pitts, Branham, Toole, and Sottile are sponsors of the bill. APRNs in the state have been working on various issues to enhance patient access and care. This legislation will increase access and facilitate care for our patients. You can also call SCNA at 803-252-4781 for more information on the bill.

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College of Nursing Professor, Toriah Caldwell, Director of the Children and Family Healthcare Center, is featured in the USC No Limits media campaign. Click here to see her story.

Gamecock CONnection February 2013  

Monthly Newsletter from the USC College of Nursing

Gamecock CONnection February 2013  

Monthly Newsletter from the USC College of Nursing