College of Nursing
Welcome to the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. We are the only academic health sciences center in South Carolina, and thus we are on the cutting edge of health care practice, education and discovery. At MUSC, we have the largest accelerated BSN degree nursing program in South Carolina, and thriving enrollment in our DNP and PhD programs of study. In fact, we are a leader in online graduate education, and in this way the MUSC College of Nursing “Fuels the Nursing Pipeline.”
Recent Nursing News | December 2013
Time to Give Back Video
Higher Levels of Giving
From The Desk of Dean Stuart
Another amazing year
It is hard to believe but in just a few short days we will be closing out yet another year for the College of Nursing. And what a year it has been! We have:
- >moved to our temporary quarters in Harborview Tower,
- >taken on the renovation of our beloved building,
- >robustly expanded our numbers of students, faculty and staff,
- >ranked 21st in NIH funding among Schools of Nursing nationally, and
- >made the top 20 list for online nursing graduate programs in US News & World Report
to mention just a few of our accomplishments. This has been a year of transitions, expansions and demonstrated flexibility for which we can all stand proud!
It also is a time to remember that all of these exciting activities and initiatives are being created by each of you here in the College â faculty, staff and students alike. Each of you contribute your ideas, energy, creativity, insights and enthusiasm that allow us to stretch to new levels of achievement.
And so at this very special time of year I want to thank you, my College of Nursing family, for the many holiday presents that you bestow upon the school all twelve months of the year. And I wish for you the many blessings of the season, the loving embrace of family and friends, and the renewal of body and spirit that I trust will come with the hope of a bright new year.
CON Faculty Works with Crisis Ministries
Every Wednesday morning a group of nursing students crowds around a small table in the conference room adjacent to the Homeless HealthClinic at Crisis Ministries. They discuss tuberculosis testing, group therapy sessions and waiting patients. By 8:30 a.m., they are operating a thorough primary health clinic open to all guests at Crisis Ministries.
The Homeless Health Clinic is a true community partnership with strong ties to both Roper St. Francis Healthcare and the Medical University of South Carolina. Providing quality mental health care to Crisis Ministriesâ clients is an ongoing need. In early 2013, Joy Lauerer, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, faculty at MUSC College of Nursing, contacted Crisis Ministries about providing a weekly clinic led by nursing students in College of Nursing the accelerated BSN program.
Joy brings a unique skill set to the Homeless Health Clinic. She is an advanced practice nurse with 15 years specializing in child and adolescent mental health. Joy has a background working in homeless shelters in other parts of the country, so she is familiar with the patient population and their unique needs.
The students who join Joy at Crisis Ministries each week are on a psychiatry/ mental health rotation. This is an opportunity for these students to integrate mental and physical health, because they treat both during their weekly clinic. For most students this is their first clinical experience outside of a hospital setting, which means a different environment and more continuity with the same clients week to week. For Crisis Ministriesâ clients, this is an opportunity for consistent mental health care.
The nursing students host a womenâs support group each Wednesday, and they have a long-term goal to establish a parent support group at the shelter. Some students who have finished their rotation have continued their involvement by leading a child support group for clients who love at Palmetto House to help teach self-management skills.
According to one student participating in the clinic, the clients have been receptive to working with Joy and the students, but the benefits are mutual â the clients inspire the students. Joy plans to continue her involvement with Crisis Ministries and maintain a partnership with the MUSC College of Nursing. "Here nurses are autonomous; they have the power to make decisions," Joy said. It seems this partnership is just what the nurse ordered.
This story appeared in Crisis Ministriesâ Summer 2013 newsletter.
CON Faculty is Women's Health Trailblazer
A recent interview with Kahlil Demonbreun, DNP, RNC-OB, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC, has been published by Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, an NP-owned company dedicated to helping nurse practitioners achieve certification and maintain professional competence. To read more about this trailblazer (he is the first male womenâs health NP to hold a doctor of nursing practice degree) click here.
Nurse researcher only S.C. inductee into American Academy of Nursing
This year only one South Carolina nurse has been named a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Lynne S. Nemeth, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor in the MUSC College of Nursing, was bestowed this honor at a ceremony during the organizationâs annual meeting Oct. 17-19 in Washington.
Induction into the AAN Fellowship is one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Fellows - now numbering 2,068 - are considered nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to nursing and health care and whose work has influenced health policies benefiting all Americans. Today, there are 10 faculty members and five emeritus faculty in the MUSC College of Nursing who are members of the academy. "We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nemeth to the ranks of our AAN Fellows," said Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the MUSC College of Nursing. "She represents excellence and has had a truly significant impact on quality health care throughout the country."
In addition to being a faculty member in the MUSC College of Nursing, Nemeth also is a nurse researcher at the MUSC Medical Center. Her specialties include implementation research, theoretical modeling and qualitative methods. Nemeth has a diverse career in nursing with extensive clinical, educational, administrative and research experience. Her clinical areas of interest have developed broadly from opportunities to practice in critical care, emergency, trauma, neuroscience, outcomes and case management. Nemeth has led numerous quality initiatives over the past decade, including clinical pathway and coordinated care development and implementation, medication safety, and hospital patient flow. Nemeth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her Masters of Science degree from Boston College as a clinical nurse specialist, and her doctoral degree in nursing science from MUSC.
This year, the AAN installed 172 nursing researchers, educators, practitioners and executives from across the country. Following induction, new Fellows have the privilege of using the FAAN credential (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing). They have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation's most highly-educated citizens; more than 80 percent hold doctoral degrees, and the rest have completed masters programs.