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

Trusted and Largest – But how Influential? Since 2005 in annual Gallup poll surveys, more than 80% of Americans have rated nurses at the top of the list as having the highest honesty and ethical standards. Other national surveys found that the public trusted nurses for advice and believed that nurses made their care better. As the nation undertakes one of the largest healthcare reform in generations, how influential are our most trusted and largest health care provider workforce in the country? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Gallop Poll recently sampled a broad cross section of American opinion leaders in the public and private sector, academia, and trade organizations. The opinion leaders viewed government (75%) and health insurance executives (56%) as the groups most likely to exert a great deal of influence on health reform, compared with 14% for nurses. Yet respondents say nurses should have more influence.

Inside This Issue Students’ Corner.................2-3 Alumni & Development......4-5 Faculty & Staff Notes.........6-9 Events...................................7 Online Institute...................10 NO LIMITS............................11

Send Inquiries or Newsletter items to: Jan Johnson

The opinion leaders in this survey said they would like to see nurses have more influence in a large number of areas, including reducing medical errors and improving patient safety (90%); improving quality of care (89%); promoting wellness and expanding preventive care (86%); improving health care efficiency and reducing costs (84%); coordinating care through the health care system (83%); helping the health care system adapt to an aging population (83%); and increasing access to health care (74%). We are experts, strategists, advocates, reformers, and catalysts for change. Together we can leverage as the largest and most trusted health professionals to influence policy and the health systems in which we work and our families receive care. Will our influence in this era of reform be a legacy for future generations or a missed opportunity? Let’s pull up our seats at the table and strengthen our voices to positively influence the future of health and healthcare in our institutions, state, and policy arenas. Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, FNP, RN, FAAN Dean - LIKE US!

Students’ Corner

PhD Student, Sheri Webster, is a featured Jonas Scholar. Read it HERE. CON Sophomore, Alexandra Nitsos (left), is participating in a semester Work and Study program in Seville, Spain with Global Education and Career Development Abroad. Alexandra is working at a local hospital where she will perform 120 hours of on-site work. She will have the opportunity to work sideby-side with doctors and nurses to gain a wellrounded exposure to the world of healthcare. On her first full day with the nurses she helped take blood pressure, package medication, and distribute food. She also went with the nurses and other student nurses to watch while they drew blood, cleaned wounds, started IV’s, and distributed medications.

Students, Senna Desjardins, Lauren Alexander, & David Wolfer at the Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship.

She says, “They know almost no English and my Spanish still needs a lot of work, so it is very difficult sometimes and there is a definite language barrier. Everyone has been very helpful and interested in what I’m doing. I have found it very interesting to observe some differences between here and the United States and see the many similarities as well.” Read more about GlobalEd Healthcare Programs Here.

CON Sophomore, Hannah-Kate Hurt, is spending this semester in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Read her Blog Here.

Palmetto Gold

Congratulations to Ashley Sirianni and Jordan Campbell, recipeints of the 2014 Palmetto Gold Student Scholarships.

Doctor 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 fulltime options available for working professionals. The college also offers scholarship opportunities for qualified students.

CON senior, Ben Thomas, is featured in the USC Times. Read the story HERE.

Join Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. in a donation drive to make a great impact for the women farmers of Robiya, Haiti. These women are a part of a cocoa farming cooperative – out of the 200 farmers, 80 of them are women. More than sixty percent of Haitians earn a living from farming. These items will increase the women’s livelihoods and empower them in the agricultural sector. Items Needed: • Mosquito nets • Flashlights • Hygiene items • Towels • Detergent • Baby products • Writing pads • Pens • AAA batteries

Drop off items at the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing (WMBB) RM 208 or RM 525.

South Carolina College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Points of Pride: • Online program ranked top in the country by US News and World Report • 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 2014 admission is May 1, 2014. Visit our website for more information, email the Office of Graduate Studies, or call us at 803-777-7412 to apply today.

VITAL SIGNS....An Update from Alumni and Development USC Nurse Athletes: Where are they now? Tom Riker, BA (‘87) BSN (‘96)

Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship

Lill Mood, BSN (‘62), MPH (‘76)

Tom Riker, originally from Hicksville, RI, is now retired, lives in the mountains and is building a house on the Inner Banks of NC . He was recruited by Frank McGuire who was from NYC and went to the Northeast to recruit players. He played in the old ACC under McGuire during his 3 years on the team, with a record of 72 wins and 14 losses. During the late 60’s/early 70’s he played with John Roche, Tom Owens and Kevin Joyce. With his BA in Sociology, Riker was a clinical addictions counselor and wanted to make a career change. His mother was a nurse which led him to his decision to go into nursing (at age 42). He began working at the State Hospital as an aide in 1992 and continued there after receiving his BSN. He worked in the Cooper Building (lock down) with teenage boys from DJJ and a few girls. His basketball helped with the boys, they would play outside when he was on 2nd shift and could relate to him over the game. Riker said “The hospital had a wonderful staff and I really enjoyed working with everyone.” He worked there for five years before retiring.

CON Office of Development Staff, Diane Scott and Monica Cromer

CON Faculty Member, Tena Hunt McKinney, PhD Public Health (‘10), BSN (‘93), MSN (‘03)

He and his wife like to travel around the US, although he doesn’t like planes at his height of 6’10” they are too uncomfortable. He has been graced with good health and still practices basketball, low impact and range of motion exercise drills. He is proud to be a USC alum, has great affection for his class and the class before him and would like to say hello to his classmates reading this. Look for future features on amazing alumni who touch our lives through their professional nursing roles and who in the past brought us amazing athleticism in USC Sports.

Eileene Shake, DNP (‘10) and CON Faculty Member Erin McKinney, BSN (‘80), MN (‘85)

The CON Partnership Board held its quarterly meeting at the Children and Family Healthcare Center on February 25th. Associate Dean for Nursing Practice, Dr. Stephanie Burgess, presented to the board about the Center.

At Carolina Day, USC alumni showed their support for current and future students by joining President Harris Pastides in calling for a TuitionTimeout. Dean Andrews, Monica Cromer, Ruth Seigler and Stephanie Burgess represented the College of Nursing. View more event photos HERE.

All Gifts and Pledges to support Nursing can be sent to:

Save The Date

Viana McCown Lectureship FRIDAY

October 17, 2014

Do you know an outstanding College of Nursing Alumnus? 2014 NOMINATION FORMS can be found here. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2014.

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

Faculty Publications Karen Kane McDonnell, PhD, RN, OCN; Linda F. C. Bullock, PhD, RN, FAAN; Patricia J. Hollen, PhD, RN, FAAN; Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, and Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH. “Emerging Issues on the Impact of Smoking on Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients With Lung Cancer and their Families.” Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Online February 2014

The USC College of Nursing held its first annual Clinical Practice Conference on February 8th. Pictured L to R: Sabra Smith, Robin Matutina, De Anna Cox, Kate Chappell and Tena Hunt Mckinney.

Dr. Karen McDonnell, provides expert advice on how

to quit smoking. View the ABC Columbia News feature Here. Dr. Abbas Tavakoli has been selected as a finalist for

the Award for Outstanding Teaching in University 101.

Dr. Tisha Felder is a featured scholar on the Office

of the Vice President for Research’s website which highlights faculty excellence, innovation, and creativity. Dr. Felder’s information can be viewed Here. Congratulations to our 2014 Palmetto Gold Recipients:

Dr. Joan Culley, Professor Ellen Synovec and Professor Ann Scott. A gala will be held in April to

celebrate the accomplishments of the top 100 nurses in our state.

Dr. Abbas Tavakoli will attend the 2014 SAS Glob-

al Forum and Executive Conferences in Washington March 22-26. Jane Colvin has completed the Gamecock Research

Administrators Network and Training (GRANT) program. This comprehensive certificate training program promotes world-class research; improves and facilitates the understanding of regulations, policies, and procedures; strengthens internal control; and provides access to important resources and contacts.

Sterba KR, Burris JL, Heiney S, Baker Ruppel M, Ford ME, Zapka J. “We both just trusted and leaned on the Lord”: A qualitative study of religiousness and spirituality among African American breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. In press, Quality of Life Research

The College of Nursing (Columbia, top and Lancaster, bottom) celebrates National Wear Red Day and supports the fight against heart disease in women.

Funding Annoucements Dr. Karen McDonnell’s research titled, “Living with

lung cancer: receptivity and preferences for risk-reducing behavior change among African American families,” has been selected for funding by the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG). $30,000 Dr. Nate Bell has been awarded a grant from the Of-

fice of the Provost, Social Sciences Grant Program. His grant is titled, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Evaluation of the Social Determinants of Trauma Outcomes.” $18,842 Dr. Jeannette Andrews received funding from the

Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Program for graduate students. $45,000


Spring Break - No classes

March 22

Midlands Heart Walk Contact: Cheryl Nelson at

March 31

Recognition Luncheon

April 3

Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife Legislative Day at the South Carolina Statehouse

Gamecocks on the Move is a 5K training program that prepares individuals to participate in the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders walk/run that will take place on campus April 26. Register on the the Campus Wellness website.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Laura Hein, PhD, RN, APRN Dr. Hein’s research focuses on health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. She investigates LGBT health disparities within a social justice and public policy paradigm. The goal of her research is to impact public policy thereby decreasing LGBT health disparities and victimization. Dr. Hein’s most recent research investigated the acceptability of various aspects of a support-group intervention in the LGBT community in SC. She is the third nurse ever to serve on the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality in its 30+ year history, and currently the only nurse on the board. Since she has been on the Board, they have submitted amicus briefs influencing appellate and U.S. Supreme Court decisions influencing law and policy related to LGBT health issues. She co-chaired the planning committee that held the first Nursing Summit at a GLMA conference and is on the planning committee for Nursing Summit to be held in September. This past September, Dr. Hein was invited by HHS Secretary Sebelius to be one of 150 LGBT leaders in the country to go to the White House. This select group was briefed on the Affordable Care Act and the LGBT Community and encouraged to serve as ambassadors to members of the LGBT community on the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Hein has been an invited speaker / panelist on the LGBT community and the Affordable Care Act, a Keynote speaker on LGBT health disparities and an invited participant in the SC LGBT Leadership Summit. Additionally, she serves on the Board of the LGBT Center in Columbia, SC. Her policy and programmatic work continues through GLMA and her work on the Board of the local LGBT Community Center. In GLMA she is co-chairing a committee of LGBT nurses working to form a Nursing Division within GLMA Nurses Advancing LGBTQ Health Equality (NALHE) - a professional home for LGBT nurses and allies.

The Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship

Faculty Presentations

Nurse leaders from around the state gathered February 21 for the Mary Ann Parsons Lectureship “The Affordable Care Act - What Do Nurses Need To Know?”

Lydia Zager presented “Managing the Clinical Day for Success” at the annual AACN National Faculty Development Conference, February 6 - 8, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Presented by The SC Center for Nursing Leadership and the USC College of Nursing in partnership with Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Keynote Speaker was Dr. Diana Mason, President of the American Academy of Nursing, Rudin Professor of Nursing and Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Robin Dawson Estrada, PhD(c), CPNP and DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, PhD, RN, FAAN presented “Analysis of Interpreter-Mediated Analysis of Interpreter-Mediated Healthcare Interactions: Preliminary Findings” at the Southern Nursing Research Society, February 12-15, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. Heath J, Craig S, Anderson J, Lassiter L, Barone C, Andrews JO. (2014). Three-Year Trends with Tobacco Cessation Interventions among Acute and Critical Care Nurses. Proceedings from the 28th Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference. San Antonio, Texas.

Other speakers and panel members included Dr. Lynn Bailey Lynn Bailey Associates, Health Care Economist, Dr. Dennis Taylor, Assistant VP, Carolinas Healthcare System, Dr. Christina Blottner, Bon Secours Laburnum Medical Center, Richmond, VA and Dr. Jeannette Andrews, USC College of Nursing Dean. View more photos from the event HERE.

Karen Robertson’s abstract “Lower Extremity Assessment and the End Stage Renal Disease Patient” has been accepted for or a poster presentation at the Wound Ostomy and Continence Annual Conference to be held in Nashville, TN in June 2014. Cristy DeGregory’s dissertation abstract “The Effect of Multiple Gratitude Interventions on Caregivers of Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” has been accepted for podium presentation at the Fourth Biennial Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference, June 16-19, 2014 at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Joynelle Rivers’ poster “Simulation as an Effective Assessment Tool: Does It Work?” was accepted for the 2014 DUNEI Conference held by Drexel University. The conference is will be held June 16-20th in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Robin Dawson Estrada and DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias at the Southern Nursing Research Society, February 12-15, 2014 in San Antonio, TX.

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CON Wellness Committee

Members: Sue Heiney, Erin McKinney, Kathy Mercer, Rebecca Christopher (BSN Student) Heart Beat Pedometer Challenge: Tracking steps for a 4 week period, competing with teams across the University. The CON has 14 teams out of the 70 teams participating and has had 5 teams ranked in the top 20 after the first 3 weeks. #2 Harbison Hotties: Chris Hodgson and Kathy Mercer with 591,854 total steps #6 Nursing Guys on the Run: Patrick Hickey and Abbas Tavakoli with 551,515 total steps #11 D & D: Diane Scott and Deb McQuilken with 476,709 total steps #13 Working Progress: Helen Halasz and Gene Meding with 464,352 total steps #18 Body Busters: Millini Mingo and Kathleen LaSala with 404,990 total steps

Jennifer Jasso Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Bradshaw Administrative Assistant

2nd Annual Heart of Carolina Event Students, Faculty, Staff and the University community celebrated National Heart Health Month at the “Heart of Carolina” event on February 20th at the Russell House. Hosted by First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides and College of Nursing Dean Jeannette Andrews, the event was a fun filled drop-in excursion into heart health.

The final rankings are in and Patrick Hickey and Abbas Tavakoli (Nursing Guys on the Run) are the 1st place winners with 906,515 steps! Grocery Store Tour at the Publix on Rosewood for Faculty and Staff (registration is limited and full for this trip on March 12). Kathy Mercer will lead us on a tour to discuss food choices and nutritional enhancement of our diets. Heart Walk: Encourage participation on the CON team for the March 22 walk. Cheryl Nelson is heading up the College of Nursing Team Gamecocks on the Move: Sign up starts March 24 for this on-line individual 5K training program. Participants are encouraged to walk or run in the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders 5K on campus on April 26 (free). Sweet Success: Wellness program for faculty and staff who have Type 2 diabetes. Sign up with Campus Wellness for this program that starts March 3. Coming soon: We are planning to do a 4 week student pedometer challenge starting in late March , similar to the one done by Campus Wellness for faculty and staff. The SNA board is very excited about it and thinks there will be good participation. They are planning to award SNA points to students who walk at least 280,000 steps (an average of 10,000 steps per day).

Senior nursing student, Hailey Cutright, with Murray Coleman from the Midlands Heart Association.

Toriah and Tiffany from the CON Children and Family Healthcare Center checking Cocky’s BP.

In celebration of National Nutrition Month A Healthy Nurses Night Out will be offered for SNA members on a first come basis at the kitchen at Cancer Prevention and Control (tentative date is March 26). We will be cooking and eating a heart healthy meal. Fun Food Fridays will offer samples of healthy whole foods for sampling by faculty, staff and students in the faculty lounge on March 21 and 28 (11:30AM 1:30PM).

The University of South Carolina College of Nursing presents

The Online Teaching Institute: A Complete Beginner’s Guide for Building a Successful Online Course

Do you need to know how to set up an on-line course? Would you like to improve an online course that you have already taught? This workshop is for you! Hands-on experience for everything you need to know to put a course online and teach it well. Co-taught by a successful instructional designer and two experienced online educators from the USC College of Nursing, this class is for instructors with no or limited prior experience with online teaching, academic program administrators, and anybody who is interested in online teaching and learning.



6th - 8th

University of South Carolina College of Nursing 1601 Greene Street Columbia, SC 29208 For more information contact Cheryl Nelson at cheryl.nelson@ or 803.777.8777 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.

We are proud that U.S. News and World Report counts our online graduate programs among the nation’s best. In this workshop, we will take an evidence-based approach to online teaching and share with you the strategies that have proven to be successful both in our college and at large. This workshop explores the basic components of on-line course delivery. Participants will learn how to: ◆ Adapt existing course documents for online presentation ◆ Build an attractive and easy-to-navigate course site in a course management system ◆ Create engaging online activities ◆ Communicate with large groups of online students in an efficient and effective manner ◆ Assess student learning in multiple formats. Meet your instructional team: Vera Polyakova-Norwood, Director of Distributed Learning at the USC College of Nursing, has extensive experience in developing online courses for a variety of student audiences and has achieved recognition for designing authentic and engaging online projects and activities for large and small groups of learners. Dr. Mary Boyd and Dr. JoAnne Herman are senior faculty members at the College of Nursing. They are early adopters and enthusiastic champions of online course delivery and student-centered approaches to teaching.

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 Student 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

March 2014 enewsletter  

Monthly newsletter from the University of South Carolina College of Nursing

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