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

March 2013

Health Reform: South Carolina Nurses Can Make a Difference With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the health care system has been in a state of transition with demands to increase medical care coverage, improve care coordination and patient transitions across the care delivery continuum. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ website, an additional 800,000 South Carolinians will be eligible for access to new insurance coverage and/ or preventive service coverage and annual wellness visits. For nurses in South Carolina, there are opportunities to expand current nursing roles, create new roles, and lead innovations in shaping the future health care delivery systems. The University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing (CON) is leading transformations in several ways. First, we have the only nurse practitioner (NP) managed medical care home in the state, the Children and Family Healthcare Center. This CON managed center, located at 2638 Two Notch Road in Columbia, provides quality, safe and efficient primary care to approximately 2,500 patients annually. The center is equipped with an electronic medical record, and has several managed care contracts, including a new Refugee Resettlement contract. Secondly, the CON is leading the way in training new advanced practice nurses for our future workforce. We currently have 215 students enrolled in our Master’s NP and Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) programs. Being the 4th DNP program established in the nation over a decade ago, there are now a critical mass of USC alumni who are shaping health in primary care, urgent care, and health policy settings in South Carolina and beyond. Third, the CON has outstanding research faculty who are testing new innovative models to facilitate primary care utilization among those who have not typically sought preventive care. We have opportunities to test innovations in care coordination and management from acute to primary care and home settings, and are prepared to lead new models of care delivery. Finally, the CON is addressing health care policy based on the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, which calls for nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. The CON’s Center for Nursing Leadership, in partnership with the South Carolina Hospital Association, is leading a state-wide task force to address these and other IOM recommendations. Our faculty are providing testimonies Inside This Issue and working with state legislators to address the limited scope of NP practice. As South Carolina nurses, we still have a lot of work to do. In the months ahead, Students’ Corner...............2-3 there will be ample opportunities to step up, lead innovations in care delivery, test new Alumni & Development....4-5 models, and to work with policy makers to ensure our citizens have access to quality health care and improved health outcomes. We must keep pushing forward, and together, we can Faculty & Staff Notes........6 make a difference for all of our South Carolina citizens. MAP Conference...............7

Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN Dean & Professor - LIKE US!

Practice Update................8 Upcoming Events.............8

Send Inquiries or Newsletter items to: Jan Johnson

USC College of Nursing DNP Program The College of Nursing is leading the way in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Path to Success. This is the Clinical Doctorate for Post Baccalaureate, MSN, and Post Masters Nursing Graduates. Recognized as one of the first four programs in the Country, our DNP graduates are making a difference in leadership, clinical outcomes, and health policy. Highlights of the USC DNP Program and the College of Nursing:

o One of the First Four Nationally Recognized DNP Programs in the Country o Certification Pass Rate 100% for Advanced Practice: FNP and ACNP o First Recognized NP Medical Home Practice in SC o Fully Implemented Practice Plan o No GRE Requirement for Admission to the DNP o Health Policy Internships for All DNP Students o All Didactic Classes Online o Collaborate with Faculty Mentor for the DNP Evidence Based Project o Opportunities for Grant Development

Students can elect to go part time or full time. Curriculum is based on leadership, health policy, advanced practice, and evidence based best outcomes. For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Burgess, PhD, APRN, BC, Program Director at 803-777-2219. In our next issue, we will be highlighting one of our DNP students who is interning at the Cleveland Clinic.

Lancaster Campus Update

USC Lancaster’s Honors Day invites area high school junior and senior honor students to campus to showcase faculty, facilities, and scholarship for recruiting and awarding scholarships. This year marked the 35th annual event, held on February 22nd, where over 355 students and counselors attended representing 13 area high schools. Approximately $13,000 in scholarships were awarded this year. BSN faculty and students participated by performing blood pressure checks, height/weight/ BMI checks, displayed nursing equipment and classrooms, and answered questions about the BSN program.

On February 19th, USCL BSN students helped celebrate Piedmont Medical Center’s 30th birthday. Piedmont Medical Center has been a partner with the College of Nursing since 2007, allowing BSN students to complete clinical assignments in their facility.

Check out the College of Nursing’s Facebook page....Be sure the “LIKE” Us!!!

Chi Eta Phi News


Lauren Bailey, Class of 2014

On March 2nd, Chi Eta Phi participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraising and awareness program. The raised funds support mentoring in the Columbia area.

Palmetto Gold

What made you decide to come to the USC College of Nursing? During my tour of the college, the faculty, staff, and students were very welcoming, and the environment was not intimidating like most. When they reviewed the course structure and academic requirements, it was obvious they were serious about their investment in me and would challenge me to my highest capabilities. At that moment, I knew this program would help me grow into the nurse I want to become. What is your fondest memory of your time so far in the nursing program? My fondest memory is being asked to speak at the 2012 Commitment to Caring Ceremony held at the college. I was honored to represent the junior class and speak on my journey in nursing school thus far. What is your proudest accomplishment at USC so far? My proudest accomplishment at USC is my involvement with the Student Nurses Association at both the school and state level. Through this organization, I have built relationships with distinguished professors, nursing professionals, and fellow nursing students at USC (and across the state!) that continue to help me grow as a person and future RN. What is most challenging as a nursing student? Time management has definitely been the most challenging part of nursing school for me. It’s safe to say that my planner is my best friend!

Congratulations to Katherine Hyman, winner of the 2013 Palmetto Gold Student Scholarship. Way to go Katherine!

What is/was your favorite class? Pathophysiology has been my favorite class so far in the program. I love being confident enough in my knowledge on the s/sx of certain diseases to make connections to interventions taught in Foundations and Med/Surg I. What would be your dream job and/or what do you hope to do after graduation? After graduation, I hope to be hired onto a critical care unit where I can gain experience and later apply for the CRNA or DNP graduate programs at USC.

VITAL SIGNS....An Update from Alumni and Development Meet Monica Cromer Director of Development Monica Cromer joined the USC College of Nursing as the Director of Development in April 2012. Monica has a very busy position coordinating a comprehensive development program. This includes major gifts, Alumni and Donor Relations, guiding and directing the Partnership Board and collaborating with Central Development and University Directors of Development on Capital Campaign Initiatives. Prior to joining the College of Nursing staff, Monica was on the leadership team of the University of South Carolina Athletics Department for four years before being named their Director of Development, which she served as for two years. Monica spent twenty years in Charleston serving in various roles at her Alma Mater, the College of Charleston. She was the Executive Director of the Cougar Club in the Athletics Department. She also served as their Director of Development. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Business Administration. Monica is married to Burke, a USC alum and former Gamecock baseball player; they have 2 children, son JD (11) and daughter Julia (8) and two dogs, Marti and Tomi. She is filled with joy and awe about her role as wife, mother and pet lover. Active in her community, she is a distinguished graduate of Leadership Charleston Class of 2002. She is a member of New Spring Church and serves as a Small Group Leader/Member. Pawmetto Lifeline Organization and Lake Murray Elementary School are two of her current favorite volunteer activities. The College of Nursing is excited to have Monica as our Director of Development. Monica says, “It is a natural fit for me because my mother was a nurse, who is now retired, and served in leadership roles during her career in Kershaw County. She instilled in me the respect and integrity of the nursing profession.”

Alumni Advocate for Carolina, Higher Education On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, nearly 300 students, alumni and supporters of the University of South Carolina converged at the State House in Columbia for the 10th annual Carolina Day at the State House to speak one on one with state legislators regarding legislative priorities affecting the university. The event is sponsored by My Carolina Alumni Association’s Carolina Action Network. Click here to read more and see photos from the event.

Ruth Seigler (BSN ‘64, MN ‘80) greets President Pastides and Jack Claypool, Executive Director of the My Carolina Alumni Association, at Carolina Day at the Statehouse.

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


This month’s featured Alumna is Mary Snelling. She holds a BSN (‘76) and MS in Health Education (‘79) both from USC. Mary is married to Ron Albertelli and has two step-daughters and three grandsons. Both of her parents passed away in 2012 and her mother graduated from USC when she was 70. Her brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew are all USC alumni. Her hobbies include reading, playing softball and bike riding. Most of her free time is spent owning and managing (with her husband) Sir Big Spur, the USC live mascot. “My student years at USC prepared me to have a successful career in Nursing. My affiliation with USC gives me great pride as I interact with other universities across the SEC and the nation,” said Snelling. She retired in April 2011 after 31.5 years at the VA. At the VA she was involved with the development of the use of Nurse Practitioners. She says the acceptance of NPs by the physician and administrative staffs required commitment and hard work but were rewarding and improved patient care. In her last 5 years she was able to design, open and manage a VA outpatient clinic in her hometown of Aiken, SC. This clinic was one of a few nationwide managed by a nurse. Dean Jeannette Andrews stated, “ When I first met Mary many years ago at the VA hospital in Augusta, Georgia, two things stood out to me. First, it was well known that she was an outstanding nurse and visionary leader. Secondly, she was a USC College of Nursing alumni and Gamecock fan. Now, after knowing Mary for over 20 years, these two things continue to stand out for me. She is one of the very best!” Click here to read Mary and Sir Big Sir’s feature in Lexington Women’s Magazine.

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 Partnership Board Members, Greta Green (BSN ‘87), Carol Truslow (BSN ‘71, MN ‘74), and Toriah Caldwell (MN ‘89), greeted students at the March 2nd Upper Student Division Orientation. Students received notes of congratulations, water and treats to enjoy.

To learn how you can make a difference at USC College of Nursing contact the Development Office at 803-777-3468.

Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognitions Palmetto Gold Winners Congratulations to our 2012 Staff of the Year Award Winner, Gail Vereen.

Laura Hein, PhD, RN, APRN

Courtney Catledge, DNP, MPH, APRN, FNP-BC

A graduate is distinguished

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Pi Lambda Chapter honored Julia Ball, RN, PhD with the Thayer Excellence in Published Writing Award.

Faculty Presentations Culley, JM, Svendsen, ER, Craig, J, Tavakoli, A. (2013). Effectiveness of Triage During a Chemical Incident. Improving Health through Evidence-Based Practice & Policy Joint Scientific Retreat on Implementation Science. Columbia, SC, March 1. (Poster presentation). CON Ph.D. Program Coordinator, Helen Mulhern Halasz, to be honored as the College of Education’s 2013 Distinguished Graduate Scholar.

Tavakoli, A. & Heiney, S. (2013). Examining Mediator and Indirect Effects of Loneliness in Social Support on Social WellBeing Using the Baron and Kenny Method and a Bootstrapping Method. SAS® Global Forum 2013 Conference, San Francisco, April 28-May 1. (Paper presentation).

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Craig Smith was the podium speaker at the 4th Annual Conference You Bought the Manikin, Now What? His presentation was “Sim One, See One, Do One, Teach One: Incorporating Simulation into Healthcare.”

Faculty Publications

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 in the conference proceedings). Tingen MS, Andrews JO, Heath J, Turnmire A, Waller J, Treiber F. (2013). Comparison of Enrollment Rates of African American Families into a School-Based Tobacco Prevention Trial Using Two Recruitment Strategies in Urban and Rural Settings. American Journal of Health Promotion 27[4]: 91-100.

Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau AND The Center for Nursing Leadership present

The 2013 Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship “Improving Health Outcomes for South Carolinians” Dr. Jeannette Andrews, New College of Nursing Dean Keynote Speaker




Members- Sigma Theta Tau - $35 Non-members - $45 CON Students - FREE (for the 1st 50 students to register)

8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Induction Ceremony for New Alpha Xi Members 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. USC College of Nursing Auditorium Room 231

Click here to Register online or visit for more information. For questions please contact Elizabeth White-Hurst at or 803-777-3039. Deadline for Conference Registration: Extended to March 19, 2013

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. 4.0 Contact Hours will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

What is up in Practice and Politics? Stephanie Burgess, PhD, APRN, BC, FAANP

House bill 3372, which will give NPs the legal authority to sign for Handicapped Placards, was voted out of Education and Public Works subcommittee favorably March 6, 2013. APRNs across the state called their House Members and some APRNs gave testimony to the subcommittee in support of ARPNs having the capability to sign for these placards. One Legislator said he sees that NPs and ARPNs do a great job! The full committee heard the bill March 7, 2013 and, it was voted out favorably. It will go to the Full House the week of March 11 for second and third readings. In the meantime, APRNs are meeting and collaborating together on the message to increase access and to remove barriers to practice. They have formed a group to address access to care, barriers to care, and to ensure patients have access to the quality, licensed health care professionals of their choice. The name of the group is the Coalition for Access to Health Care. On February 15, 2013 Judith M. Zink, RN, MSN, FNPBC, PNP-BC, of Simpsonville, was elected Chair. Rhonda Parker, MSN, APRN, NP-C, of Charleston, was elected Vice Chair. Dr. Sheryl Montgomery, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, of Columbia, is Treasurer. Find the Coalition on Facebook. The Coalition will host its first Lobby Day on April 18, 2013 at the South Carolina Statehouse.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS March 10th – 17th Spring break – no classes March 15th Scholarship Applications Due March 18th Deadline to submit virtual pictures to be used in the May 2013 Convocation slide show Contact: Gloria Fowler - March 22nd SC SAS Users Group Spring Meeting Contact: Abbas Tavakoli - March 23rd Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship & Alpha Xi Induction Ceremony March 23rd Midlands Heart Walk Contact: De Onna Greenwood - March 25th – 27th ATI NCLEX Review Contact: Gloria Fowler - April 3rd-7th SNA National Convention, Charolette, NC SNA Website and Facebook Page April 6th Palmetto Gold Gala and Reception April 15th Recognition Luncheon Contact: Monica Cromer - April 18th Awards Day April 20th Clinical Practice Conference Contact: Kate Chappell - April 24th Lamp Lighting Ceremony (Lancaster Campus) Contact: Amber Williams - April 29th Last day of classes April 29th 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

Gamecock CONnection March 2013  

Monthly Newsletter from the USC College of Nursing

Gamecock CONnection March 2013  

Monthly Newsletter from the USC College of Nursing