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

October 2013

The Gamecock Nursing Commitment

Dean Andrews and Ruth Seigler, Senior Consultant, Development and Alumni Relations, at the Commitment Ceremony.

Inside This Issue Upcoming Events................2-3 Sigma Theta Tau.................3 Students’ Corner................4-5 Faculty & Staff Notes.........6-7 Alumni & Development.....8-9 NO LIMITS............................10

Send Inquiries or Newsletter items to: Jan Johnson

On Friday, October 4, 2013, the College of Nursing’s Partnership Board hosted our fourth annual “Commitment to Caring” ceremony. This special ceremony honors our junior nursing students, as they are embarking into direct patient care for the first time in their nursing career. We had over 250 students, families, friends, alumni, faculty, and special guests in attendance for this very moving ceremony. The audience heard inspirational testimonies from two of our students -–Brandi Burgess and Senna Desjardines, faculty member--Dr. Sabra Smith, and alumni and Partnership Board member--Greta Green. Dr. Rev. Christopher Leevy-Johsnon shared a moving story about the importance of nursing from his personal experiences and well as a challenge to students to use their hands and hearts to care for their patient and families. The students joined together to cite the Nurses Code of Ethics and the Nightingale Pledge. The ceremony ended with me lighting a candle and passing a lighted flame to an alumni, who passed the light to a faculty, then senior student and finally to a junior student to symbolize our commitment to caring for our patients and profession for all generations of nurses. Over 9000 Gamecock nurses are now shining our lights across the globe. I am honored to be part of a collective group that honors rich traditions, high ethical standards, and compassionate caring. Together, let’s embrace our commitment to caring to our patients, families, communities, and equally important---each other and our future nursing leaders. Gamecock Nurses are truly the BEST!!!! We plan to see everyone at the Viana McCown event on November 1st. Additional information can be found throughout the newsletter. We have a special challenge to our alumni to rally together and to show your support at this annual Homecoming event, filled with old traditions as well as the start of new traditions. A special “shout out” goes to the class of ’67 and your commitment to the College. You are truly modeling the way and can’t wait to see you there. Jeannette O. Andrews PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN Dean and Professor - LIKE US!

Join SC Nurse Leaders at the USC College of Nursing Viana McCown Lectureship & Alumni Activities “Redesigning Nursing to Advance Healthcare in South Carolina”

Schedule of Events 8:30 am Registration and Greetings 9:15 am “What? A Nursing Employment Bubble?” Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN

Vanderbilt University, Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing Chair of the National Health Care Workforce Commission

10:15 am Panel Discussion Jeannette Andrews, Dean USC College of Nursing Michael Biediger, President & CEO Lexington Medical Center Anthony Keck, Director Healthy Connections/SC DHHS Ruth Mustard, Associate Director Patient Care/ Nursing Services, Dorn VA Center Carolyn Swinton, CNO Palmetto Health System 11:30 am CON Update and Alumni Awards Ceremony 12:30 pm BBQ Lunch Under the Tents on the Plaza 1:45 pm Concurrent Sessions Dr. Buerhaus: “Primary Care Providers Seeing the Light through Different Lens”





8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. College of Nursing Auditorium 231 Register by October 18, 2013 For more information visit

Health Care Colleagues and Alumni

REGISTER HERE Faculty & Students

Contact Elizabeth White-Hurst at 803-777-3039 or

Focus on Alumni and Friends: Reunion gatherings, Dean Andrews Sessions with DNP, PhD, and AVC Nurse Fellows, Tours of the CON

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.

3:30 pm Dessert Social

Successful completion of the entire morning program will award 2 contact hours. Successful completion of the entire afternoon educational session will award 1.75 contact hours.

S.C. Nurses Foundation to Host Scholarship Walk The South Carolina Nurses Foundation will host its fifth annual Nurses Care Walk Saturday, November 2 at Riverfront Park in Columbia. Onsite registration for the 2.8-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will facilitate the SCNF’s major goal: improving the healthcare of South Carolinians by advancing the profession of nursing in the state. Scores of Midlands nurses and nursing students are expected to participate in the walk, which raises money for nursing scholarships. “The Nurses Care Walk is one of our big efforts for the year, and the influence of the dollars raised is exponential because of how much they help propel nursing education here,” said SCNF President Bernice Daugherty. Last year the SCNF awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships via its Nurses Care and Palmetto Gold programs. Pre-event registration forms are available on the SC Nurses Foundation website or by contacting Jada Quinn at (803) 873-1685 or Nurses are encouraged to invite colleagues, family and friends to participate in the walk and donate. Visit the SCNF’s Facebook page and follow the foundation on Twitter at @SCNurses.

Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Greetings to all from Alpha Xi! Our first dinner meeting of the year was a great success with over 20 participants, including several faculty new to the College, members renewing connection with the chapter, and two STT members transferring their membership to Alpha Xi. It was an exciting time of networking and continuing education. Dr. Divya Ahuja, Associate Professor at USC’s School of Medicine, presented an interesting and challenging clinical update on antibiotic therapy. It was announced that Carolyn Duff was approved by the board for membership in STT as a Nurse Leader; she was recently installed as President of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and works in Richland School District One.

CON Hosts Screening of Escape Fire Documentary On September 18th, The College of Nursing participated in a national screening of the documentary Escape Fire: A Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. In attendance were approximately 200 participants representing faculty, staff, and students from the five Health Sciences Colleges; members of the College of Nursing Partnership Board, alumni, and health leaders and practitioners from around the state.

SAVE THE DATE: Next Dinner Meeting with CE –

November 6th at 5:30PM Old Mill Brew Pub (Inside Lexington’s Historic Old Mill) 711 E. Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072

Member Spotlight Sylvia Lufkin, RN, MSN,EdD is currently Chair of the chapter’s Leadership Succession Committee and serves on the Executive Board. Dr. Lufkin was faculty in the CON, teaching Medical-Surgical Nursing. She served as one of the first presidents of Alpha Xi (1970-72), also served as Secretary (197779), and continues to be actively involved, contributing her insights and energy to the vitality of the chapter. Her BSN and MSN are from UNC-Chapel Hill and her EdD, from USC. Sylvia was instrumental in assisting Francis Marion University to achieve approval of their BSN program and served there as Department Chair and Professor. In her busy retirement, she enjoys baking, reading mysteries, and all things outdoors, especially birding.

The panel discussion after the movie included members from the five sponsoring health schools and colleges which included Dr. Brian Chen (Arnold School of Public Health), Dr. Jeannette Andrews (Dean, College of Nursing), Dr. Teri Browne (College of Social Work), Dr. Tan J. Platt (School of Medicine), Dr. Betsy Blake (SC College of Pharmacy), and Sara Goldsby (Student, Social Work & Public Health). CON Professor, Erin McKinney moderated the discussion. Click HERE to see more photos from the event.

STUDENT Q&A: Brandi Burgess Class of 2014

Siblings, Kristen and Conrad Banks, are both juniors at the USC College of Nursing. Their father, a USC alumnus, is a Pharmacist and Co-Owner of a home infusion therapy business and their mother works at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in human resources. As roommates they do study together when they can although they have different learning styles. Kristen’s favorite class was Pathophysiology and Conrad’s was Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2. Kristen hopes to work in the Emergency Room after she graduates and go back to school to get her DNP. Conrad plans on working within an Intensive Care unit with the long term goal of managing a floor or the family business.

Student Population 1,163

Undergraduate Students Enrolled


Number of those in the upper division


Graduate Students Enrolled


Number of those in doctoral programs

What brought you to the College of Nursing and what do you want to do with your degree? I have lived in Lexington, SC my entire life and grew up as a gamecock fan. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a part of the awesome Carolina family. I plan to attend graduate school and become a Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Women’s Health. What is one skill you believe every nurse should possess? As a nurse, one skill you must possess is the ability to effectively communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals. Nursing is about giving the best care possible. To provide quality care, you must be able to communicate with the patient, other nurses and staff, doctors, etc. Poor communication can compromise the trust your patient has in your work and lead to irreversible errors. What is your proudest accomplishment at USC so far? My proudest accomplishment at USC was my induction into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. As a freshman, I had countless opportunities to observe this wonderful organization. I knew instantly that I wanted to be apart of the organization. I am proud to say I have achieved this goal. Tell us about your extracurricular activities and/or hobbies. I am a Lifetime Girl Scout member and a troop leader. I try to inspire younger girls that Girl Scouts is a great opportunity for scholarships and a great way to travel the world and meet a great diverse group of motivated girls who share common interest in service. I am the current president of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., and I am also a member of the Student Nurse’s Association. I enjoy working out (great stress reliever), listening to music, reading books, studying the bible and being an active member in my church. What advice would you give to future nursing students? If you don’t enjoy what you are doing you can’t reach your maximal potential. Therefore, you should try your best to enjoy every aspect of your academic career. Trust me, it will be challenging, but the memories and concepts you learn can be cherished forever. Continue to study hard and really get to know our professors and faculty. They are here to make a difference in your life, enhance experiences along your nursing journey, and equip you with the keys to be a successful registered nurse.

Commitment Ceremony Photos

USC Lancaster Class of 2015

The students reciting the Nurses Code of Ethics and the Nightingale Pledge.

The lighting of the candle. Dean Andrews, Greta Green, Sabra Smith, Brandi Burgess and Senna Desjardines.

UPCOMING EVENTS October 12 USC Open house 1-4 pm at Russell House Contact: Gloria Fowler

Children and Family Health Care Center, FNP student Amber Ballentine Featured in The Carolinian Rx for rural health Amber Ballentine peers through an otoscope, examining a patient’s ear at the Children’s Family and Health Care Center near downtown Columbia. The center, operated by USC’s College of Nursing, is an ideal training ground for Ballentine, who earned a BSN degree from USC in 2009 and is now working on a master’s degree. “I grew up in St. Stephen in Berkeley County and I know what limited access to health care is about. I’ve seen first hand what my family has had to do to get health care,” she said. “It’s an hour’s drive to a doctor’s office, and there’s still no hospital in Berkeley County. That’s what motivated me to become a family nurse practitioner, to help fill the gap in rural health care.” Ballentine’s desire to serve the underserved in South Carolina would have made Carol Collison proud. Collison was a College of Nursing faculty member and an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing. After Collison’s death, the Alpha Xi Chapter at USC established a scholarship in her memory, and it’s been helping support the dreams of nursing students like Ballentine ever since. “I’m looking forward to graduating in December,” Ballentine said, “and relaunching my career as a nurse practitioner. I’ve been working full time while I’ve been back in school so the scholarship has helped a lot.” Want to support students like Amber Ballentine and help improve health care in rural and underserved areas of the Palmetto State? Contact Monica Cromer in the College of Nursing at 803-777-3848 or

October 23 and 24th The 30th Annual South Carolina HIV/STD Conference Register Here November 1 Viana McCown Keynote Speaker: Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN USC Homecoming Gala Metro Convention Center Tickets available through My Carolina Alumni Association November 2 Homecoming Game USC vs. Mississippi State Join us at the Cockaboose November 2 5th Annual SC Nurses Foundation Walk Riverfront Park in Columbia Contact: Jada Quinn

Faculty and Staff Notes De Anna Cox is a volunteer provider at the newly opened free health care clinic at Chapin United Methodist Church. Abbas Tavakoli has been appointed as advisor for Iranian Student Association at USC (ISAUSC) for 2013-2014 academic year. Ronit Elk’s research was featured in the Bluffon Today newspaper. Read the article HERE. On September 3-5, 2013, Julia Ball and Deb McQuilkin attended the 24th International Networking Healthcare Education Conference held in Cambridge, England. Participants in the conference were from various parts of the United Kingdom, Asia, Africa and the United States. Dr. Ball served as the all day moderator/convenor for the theme session “Developing Teachers” and Chair of the symposium “Enhancing the Student Experience Through the Development of an Evidence-base for the Selection of Student Nurses and Midwives”. Dr. Ball also had a poster presentation, “Service Learning: Humanizing Healthcare Education by Creating Meaningful Partnerships with the Community”.

Toriah Caldwell was featured on the cover of Black Pages South (Columbia Midlands 22nd Anniversary Edition 2013-2014). Nathaniel Bell’s research aims to answer questions that may inform our perspectives on how we evaluate and provide trauma care and, potentially, radically change the nature of how trauma registries are used for injury prevention and control. Check out the Office of Research’s featured scholar. CON Business Director, Mary Androne, has been named to Covington Who’s Who and is the SC featured member for October-December. Tena Hunt McKinney has been elected to serve as SCNA Commission Chair Professional Advocacy and Development for the term of 2013-2015.

Faculty Presentations This month, Sue Heiney will be lecturing on Communicating with Children when a Parent has cancer for St Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and conducting a workshop on Organizing a support program for children whose parents’ have cancer. She will also be teaching a work shop Good Grieving: Helping Children Cope with Loss and Death. Both these workshops are sponsored by a nonprofit organization, Hope Tree. Tavakoli, A., Culley, J., Hein, L, Frazier, B, & Williams, A., (2013). Using SAS to Examine Social Networking Difference between Faculty and Students, Southeast SAS Users Group (SESUG) Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL, October 20-23.

Dr. McQuilkin, presented her work, Transcultural Nursing, a Systematic Review with Best Practice Recommendations for International Immersions, twice in the themes, Internationalisation and global challenges in healthcare education and then in the theme, Healthcare education research.

Go, I & Tavakoli, A., (2013). Getting Out of the PROC PRINT Comfort Zone to Start Using PROC REPORT, Southeast SAS Users Group (SESUG) Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL, October 20-23. Srinivasa, M., Blair, S., & Tavakoli, A., (2013). Role of Fibrinogen, HDL cholesterol and cardio respiratory fitness in predicting mortality due to cardio-vascular disease: results from the aerobics center longitudinal study, Southeast SAS Users Group (SESUG) Conference in St. Pete Beach, FL, October 20-23.

Research Spotlight: Tisha M. Felder, PhD, M.S.W. Dr. Tisha Felder is a newly appointed Research Assistant Professor in the USC College of Nursing and faculty affiliate of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP) at the Arnold School of Public Health. Dr. Felder is a native South Carolinian and obtained her PhD in behavioral sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health (2010), Master of Social Work in from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2002), and her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Wake Forest University (2001). She combines her multidisciplinary academic training with her passion for identifying solutions to address the pervasive health disparities experienced among African Americans and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. “I made the decision to pursue my PhD because I wanted to make a difference. When I see data that show that African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer but are less likely to be diagnosed with the disease than other women, I feel an obligation to not only understand why, but to do something about it. These data represent my mother, my aunts—my family.” As a first step toward identifying solutions, Dr. Felder recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the USC College of Pharmacy and CPCP. Her postdoctoral research, which was supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Outcomes from the PhRMA Foundation (2011-2013), explored if there were racial differences in the receipt of adjuvant hormonal therapy among Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with breast cancer (2004-2007). Finds from this work showed that there were no racial differences in the receipt of adjuvant hormonal therapy after adjusting for other social and clinical factors. However, her research did find that nearly one-third of clinically-eligible breast cancer survivors did not receive adjuvant hormonal therapy during the study period. Dr. Felder plans to build from these findings and submit a proposal to the National Cancer Institute where she will identify intervention targets at the level of the patient, and potentially additional levels of contextual influence (e.g., provider, organizations), that may address non-adherence to adjuvant hormonal therapy among breast cancer survivors from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Faculty Publications Felder, Tisha M. and Bennett, Charles Lee. (2013). “Can Patients Afford to Be Adherent to Expensive Oral Cancer Drugs? Unintended Consequences of Pharmaceutical Development.” Journal of Oncology Practice, published ahead of print, September 17, 2013. doi:10.1200/JOP.2013.001167. Spruill I, Leite R, Fernandes I, Kamen D, Ford M, Jenkins C, Hunt K, Andrews JO. (2013). Successes, challenges, and lessons learned: Community engaged research with South Carolina’s “Gullah” population. Gateways: International Journal of Community Engagement and Research, 6:150-169. Bentley A, Andrews JO. (2013). An Integrative Review: Application of SelfEfficacy Instruments for Walking in Peripheral Arterial Disease Populations. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 31,3, 118130. Culley, J.M., Herman, J., Smith, D., & Tavakoli, A. (In press). Effects of Technology and Connectedness on Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI).

STAFF Q&A: De Onna Greenwood Job Title and duties. What exactly do you do? As an administrative assistant, I manage the day-to-day operations of the Office of Student Affairs, which include greeting all visitors, students, faculty and staff, and performing administrative tasks for the Director of Student Affairs as well as the Student Services Manager. I am also responsible for the input and maintenance of student records and distribution of faculty and staff mail. What do you like best about your job? I like many things about my job. Number one being, I get to work with a group of people who are passionate about their work. Second is that I get to interact with a combination of students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. Tell us about teaching University 101. This being my first semester teaching, I was a bit nervous and did not know exactly what to expect. Will I be boring? Will I be able to connect with the students? Will they walk away having gained practical knowledge that will enable them to be successful students? The last thought is my primary objective; I want each student to be successful here at the University as well as in the CON. Teaching University 101 has been amazing thus far. I have a great group of students who will one day be great nurses. What do you do when you’re not working? When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and new puppy, cooking, and exercising. Tell us something people may not know about you. Most people may not know that I have a growing collection of all things Mickey Mouse!

VITAL SIGNS....An Update from Alumni and Development Thank you SC Club of Atlanta for your endowed scholarship to the USC College of Nursing. Your generosity over the years has provided scholarships annually and impacted the lives of future nurses. Because of you, we have nurse leaders that are revolutionizing healthcare.

SC Club of Atlanta members at a September meeting at the La Petite Auberge. This group of 24 members have all contributed to the USC CON scholarship.

Thank you to the Partnership Board Members who participated in the Commitment to Caring Ceremony. The event was held for junior students on October 4th at the College of Nursing.

Nancy Comer and Monica Cromer

The Family Fund, our annual faculty/staff giving campaign, allows our employees to become more engaged in their professional role. Whether employees support student scholarships or programs and initiatives within their school, college, or department, faculty and staff play an important role in the advancement of our university’s success, as well as our students’ success.

Greta Green and Rallie Seigler Join us for Viana McCown Alumni Day on November 1st Alumni Celebrating Anniversary Years are 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, 2003, 2008. The class of 1967 is planning their 50th for 2017. Dean Andrews with Cocky on the Horseshoe on September 16th. Dean Andrews served ice cream at the social which celebrated The Family Fund.

For more information on alumni events: Please contact Diane Scott at 803-777-3468 or visit our website.

Alumni Spotlight Dawn Pender, BSN (‘87), MSN (‘06) is a certified Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner and a proud USC Alumna. Dawn is currently the Project Director for Access to Healthcare at the SC Center for Fathers and Families – A Ministry of Sisters of Charity Foundation. She says, “my passion is assisting the ministry through my work of helping fathers and families with their needs. “ Her job has provided the opportunity to expand her nurse practitioner role and tailor it to the healthcare needs of a “lost” population. The fathers they serve do not seek health care services because of issues of trust. The challenge is to earn their trust, identify their health needs, and bridge them to care in their communities. By identifying resources, building relationships and negotiating cost, she has been an integral part of the system in assisting individuals in the care for cancer, necessary surgeries, hypertension, diabetes, vision deficiency, dental needs and a multitude of other needs. Seeing fathers and their families benefit from her interventions and to lead lives with improved quality and productivity has become very fulfilling in her career and for her personally as a caring individual. She has been married for 31 years to the most supportive husband in the world and they have been blessed with 2 children. Her daughter is married and works with her husband in their business, Computer Paramedics, LLC. Her son is in college studying criminal justice. Their yorkies, Pixel and Daisy, are their “empty nest fur babies” and they enjoy their antics. When she is not working, she enjoys visiting museums, going with her husband on history tours and spending time at the beach. “It is wonderful to be an alumnus of the USC College of Nursing. It is known to have a proud tradition as an established and prestigious program for nursing education. As a graduate, I am well respected in the health care community and they know the rigorous education and fine reputation of the College,” says Dawn. Professor Deanna Cox and Dr. Stephanie Burgess were instrumental in molding her into the Nurse Practitioner she is today. She states “Deanna was very patient and knowledgeable with ‘hands on’ care and I will never forget her teachings. Dr. Burgess helped me to see the ‘big picture’ of being an NP and not to look at my career choices with a ‘cookie cutter’ approach but to expand the horizon.” Her current job exemplifies their wisdom and guidance. Her clinical experiences were varied and many times, she was able to work with poverty stricken populations which helped introduce her to barriers and disparities among these groups. These experiences helped greatly with the ministry she serves today. Her guidance to others is to never give up on your dreams! A nursing education is not easy and there are many obstacles. She almost gave up during her undergraduate studies after a two time failure of anatomy. With the encouragement of her husband and faith, she was able to press on and complete her education and pursue her love of ministering to others through a nurse practitioner role. This past year she was given a prestigious award by the Columbia Business Report, the 2012 Nursing Health Care Hero Award, which was a very exciting and humbling experience. As Florence Nightingale once said, “Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.”

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.

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 • 96%-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 • Nationally ranked graduate programs 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 • One of 10 schools across the country participating in National Simulation Study

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

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