College of Nursing Accomplishments 2017-2018
- Dr. Linda S. Weglicki began her tenure as the 7th Dean of the College of Nursing, July 1, 2018.
- MUSC Internal Audit conducted an internal audit, at the request of Dean Weglicki, to learn the state of the college; results presented to the Provost and BOT in spring 2019. Proudly provided over $1.2 million in student scholarships this past fiscal year.
- Continued to be leaders, through our Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Diversity and Inclusion Council, in promoting and enhancing cultural diversity and inclusion within the College and across MUSC.
- Ensured involvement of faculty and staff in MUSC Imagine 2020 and in the new Strategic Plan working groups for 2025.
- Hosted the 9th Annual Janelle Othersen Lecture Series, with national speaker, Dr. Rumay Alexander, President of the National League for Nursing and past Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Ranked 6th in the US News & World Report for online graduate nursing programs (in the top 10 ranking in the past 6 years).
- Ranked 14th in the US News & World Report for DNP programs (up from 21st in 2017-18).
- Achieved a 91.75% NCLEX-RN pass rate for the 2018 calendar year per the National Council of State Boards of Nursing National Council.
- Achieved a 100% pass rate for the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) and 97% for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program (AANPCP) and a 100% pass rate for A/GNP and FNP certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), exceeding national pass rates for the A/GNP and FNP certification examinations.
- Applied for and awarded second Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding for Year 3 of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program grant providing stipends to 18 primary care Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) MSN/DNP students. HRSA ANEW work continued with:
- Completed implementation of telehealth curriculum scaffolded throughout the plan of study.
- Pilot tested an online preceptor education and support program that is now disseminated on the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) website.
- Developed, pilot tested and posted healthcare-provider recruitment videos on the AHEC website.
- Held a Telehealth conference for faculty in January 2019.
- The HRSA ANEW program awarded a supplemental grant that also enabled:
- Telehealth skills training in the graduate DNP program using purchased monitors.
- End of Life Nurse Education Consortium training for 5 faculty.
- Hiring of a part-time nurse practitioner preceptor coach to work with DNP preceptors and students.
- Applied for and was awarded HRSA, Bureau of Health Workforce funding for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), and funding for 1 post-MSN DNP and 12 PhD students.
- Received HRSA funding for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program grant providing stipends to 9 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) students.
- Continued Duke Endowment program grant (awarded in summer 2018 for 3 years), Enhanced SBIRT Training and Multi-modal Medication Assisted Treatment Instruction, and supported:
- Development of opioid modules to accompany the SBIRT modules.
- Completion of SBIRT modules during spring/summer 2019 by College of Medicine and College of Dental Medicine students.
- SBIRT/Opioid online educational modules and face to face skills training incorporated into the following MUSC programs’ plans of study as of fall 2019:
- Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Students
- Medical Students
- Dental Medicine Students
- Physician Assistant Students
- Total number of students trained to date:
- SBIRT total: 1,941
- Dental Medicine: 74
- Medical: 882
- Nursing, Undergraduate: 691
- Nursing, Graduate: 242
- Physician Assistant: 52
- Opioids and SBIRT total: 430
- Medical: 227
- Nursing, Undergraduate: 86
- Nursing, Graduate: 70
- Physician Assistant: 47
- SBIRT total: 1,941
- Completed the 5th year of Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina Foundation program grant, Addressing Mental Health Needs in South Carolina, which supported the development of the DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track; awarded over Years 2-5 a total of 10 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as part of “Addressing Mental Health Needs in South Carolina.”
- The Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) funded full scholarships for 18 of their registered nurse employees to enable them to complete their baccalaureate degree in our RN to BSN program.
- Palliative Care Program grant (2017-2019), funded by Dr. and Mrs. Sade, to pilot integration of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) within the ABSN curriculum continued.
- College of Nursing faculty led and participated in the work of the South Carolina Coalition for Access to Primary Care which culminated in Senate Bill 314 Tax Incentives for Preceptors that passed in this year’s legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster.
- Faculty Workshops held:
- 01/18: Two Hour Mini-workshop with Casey O’Neill, CAE, on Test Question Development and Evaluation
- 03/18: Undergraduate Half-day Workshop: ATI Integration with ATI Nursing Faculty
- 10/18 Full Day Workshop: Student Engagement, Content Overload and Rigor reviewing course design fundamentals, supporting complex skill development with Mike Bridges, PhD, and Marie Norman, PhD 11/18: Two Hour Mini-workshop: Library Resources with Christine Andresen, MLS, MSIT & Ayaba Logan, MPH, MLIS, AHIP, MUSC Research & Education Informationists
- Ongoing technology and teaching updates provided via: a) small group workshops, b) through faculty via online course and resources, and c) monthly newsletter generated by the College of Nursing Education Technology Team.
- The Office of Student Services trained and implemented the Nursing Centralized Application System (CAS) as part of a nationwide recruitment effort to increase applications.
- The Program Directors/Lead Faculty worked closely with Student Services and the Director of Communications and Marketing to implement changes in recruitment strategies both on the College of Nursing website and at conferences as the recruiter position was closed.
Student Services and faculty increased efforts in recruiting ABSN and RN to BSN students at many campus and other area/college events throughout the year as well as virtual open houses.
A Student Ambassador program, initiated in spring 2018, continued. ABSN students lead campus tours and served as panelists where student representatives are needed for recruitment events and information sessions.
- The College of Nursing received $9,214,360 in total grant funding ($7,340,986 in direct funding costs; $1,873,376 in indirect costs) across our research, education, and practice grants; 24 CON faculty serve as Principal Investigators.
- College of Nursing is ranked 16th by BlueRidge Institute for Medical Research in NIH funding among U.S. Colleges of Nursing. With this ranking, MUSC College of Nursing remains a top 10 public recipient of NIH funding, and the third-highest grant recipient among all public and private institutions in the southeast. The College of Nursing research faculty received more than $3.741,294 million in NIH supported grants from six different NIH Institutes (NINR=4; NHLBI, NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH, NIDDK).
- NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research, Exploratory Center (P20) grant, Symptom Self Management, PI, Dr. Teresa Kelechi (funded 2016 – 2021). This exploratory center grant supports six (6) pilot projects for developing nurse-led studies to leverage technology and bioinformatics to develop community-based interventions for pain and fatigue. The commonality all our researchers share is a dedication to changing the lives of the citizens of our state and beyond, and educating the next generation of nurse scientists.
- Other Funding Agencies of CON Projects (other than NIH): Federal, organizations, foundations, and others included:
- Federal/National: Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veteran Affairs, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
- Organizations: The American Heart Association, Sigma Theta Tau International
- Foundations: New Morning Foundation, Zero to Three, Yaschik Foundation
- South Carolina Organizations: Charleston Research Institute, Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund, South Carolina Research Authority, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, University of South Carolina Research Foundation
- University and Hospital Sub-Awards: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, University of Hawaii, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester
- MUSC Awards: MUSC Foundation, MUSC Center for Global Health, MUHA Center for Telehealth
- The CON submitted 15 educational and practice grant proposals; agencies including for example, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Duke Endowment, Cambia Health Foundation, David Clare Foundation, TD Bank Foundation, New Morning Foundation, Zero to Three, Yaschik Foundation. These resulted in $1,986,383 in funding to support our educational and practice missions.
- The South Carolina Translational Research Institute provided funding for a K-award for 1 faculty through a competitive process.
- Six Faculty provide leadership roles in South Carolina Translational Research Institute (our CTSA) for four different cores and one faculty has a leadership role in ACCEL CTR (Delaware & MUSC Collaboration).
The College of Nursing, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, hosted the 2nd Annual APRN Conference: Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care on August 9, 2018. Thirty participants attended.
Nine faculty Nurse Practitioners (NPs) actively participated in clinical practice for MUSC Health and community partner sites:
- MUSC Health: 4
- Community Partnering Sites: 5
A credentialing system that aligns College of Nursing’s structure with compliance standards for MUSC Health was successfully developed and implemented. The new system documents clinical professional standards and ensures the coordination of efforts between the Office of Practice and MUSC’s Medical Staff Affairs Office. The number and classification of credentialed professionals include:
- 5 nurse practitioners
- 1 psychologists
- 1 licensed professional counselor
Actively participated in advocacy activities with members of nursing organizations in South Carolina, the University of South Carolina School of Nursing, Clemson University School of Nursing, and MUSC Health Office of Advance Practice to increase the scope of practice for APRNs during NP/CNM Lobby Day (March 3, 2019) at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC.
College of Nursing Nurses’ Week Celebration 2019 included a celebratory toast to honor the occasion on May 7, 2019 in the College of Nursing Drawing Room. Dean Linda Weglicki and Dr. Jerry Mansfield, MUHA CNO, partnered in rounding and informal meet and greets at the hospital and college.
During the 2018 APRN Week Celebration, November 11-17, 2018, the Associate Dean for Practice participated in the MUSC Health celebration as an invited panel speaker.
Sixty-eight student interprofessional clinical experiences were supported at practice sites:
- DNP: 29
- BSN: 17
- Medicine: 5
- Pham-D: 6
- Physician Assistant: 7
- Dietetic: 4
- Faculty NPs, staff, and students participated in outreach activities with computer partners:
- The Suicide Prevention Walk
- A NP and 4 students participated
- East Cooper Community Outreach Fresh and Free Market
- NPs and students provided health screening and counseling during monthly scheduled events throughout the year
- The Suicide Prevention Walk
- Secured funding for the Yaschik Foundation and TD Bank School-Based to provide access to health promotion for the students at Zucker Middle School.
- College of Nursing faculty were promoted: 2 to Assistant Professor, 4 to Associate Professor.
- Hired 5 new faculty since July 2018: one hired to teach in the DNP program, and 4 hired to teach in the undergraduate program.
- Continued to have 5-year planning meetings with each regular rank faculty member. Used a revised form this year that helped to provide more structure to the planning.
- Revised, as coordinated by a faculty task force and with approval of the faculty, the annual faculty evaluation form. The task force adopted the AACN definitions for faculty scholarship within an academic health sciences center; they surveyed our peer-aspirational schools and aligned criteria in consultation with the College of Nursing Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure committee. The revised annual faculty evaluation form was piloted for use in spring 2019.
- Hosted 2 college-wide faculty professional development workshops that were supported by the Office of the Dean and Office of Academics:
January 2019: Building a Caring and Compassionate Culture in Nursing Academia, half day workshop facilitated by Tese Stephens PhD, RN, CNE
June 2019: Developing Leaders: What it Takes to Succeed in a Scholarship Intensive Environment? full day faculty retreat led by international speaker Sarah Steele, MBA, that included a focus on how to apply emotional intelligence and also how to effectively deal with conflict through resolution.
Celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the College with a Gala, inviting faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College.
Recruit and hire new Dean of the College of Nursing. Replace critical staff (Human Resources Director, Development Director, Assistant Dean for Finance, Undergraduate Program Director) to allow for an orderly transition and a stable team before the arrival of the new Dean.
Maintain the financial integrity and solvency of the College.Expand collaborations/integration with nurses in MUSC Health.
College of Nursing Goals 2017-2018
- Celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the College with a Gala, inviting faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College.
- Recruit and hire new Dean of the College of Nursing.
- Replace critical staff (Human Resources Director, Development Director, Assistant Dean for Finance, Undergraduate Program Director) to allow for an orderly transition and a stable team before the arrival of the new Dean.
- Maintain the financial integrity and solvency of the College.Expand collaborations/integration with nurses in MUSC Health.
- Increase enrollment from 88 students twice a year in the Accelerated BSN program to 96 students twice a year beginning fall 2017.Continue to evaluate the sustainability of the RN-BSN program and meeting National Academy of Medicine's (formerly IOM) recommendation to increase BSN prepared nurses through increase recruitment and articulation agreements.Evaluate the need and resource requirements for post-graduate certificate NP programs.
- Develop and plan implementation of a DNP-PhD program.
- Evaluate resource requirements and develop a palliative and behavioral health focused DNP program.
- Pilot ELNEC palliative health modules in the ABSN program and evaluate for sustainability and certificate options.
- Evaluate the integration of cultural effectiveness and health equity content alternated with literature review annually in all programs of study.Evaluate revised Alumni Survey that will be administered online 4 months after graduation and annually each September thereafter to monitor and collect alumni information and outcomes starting in 2017.
- Continue work with MUSC Advanced Professional Provider (APP) directors and committee to improve work and opportunities for APPs and increase clinical sites for the graduate program.
- Continue legislative work with fellow public institutions to achieve preceptor incentives to encourage clinical precepting for graduate students and hiring of APPs in South Carolina to increase provider numbers in underserved and rural areas.
- Continue to strengthen the CON-MUSC Health relationship regarding preceptor training, potential quality improvement and research projects for students to work with MUSC staff, and potential for co-learning simulation events with MUSC Health employees and MUSC student nurses.
- Continue to provide End of Life Nursing Education Consortium training. The next conference will occur in fall 2017.
- Obtain a minimum of 1 funded project as PI/Co-PI by each faculty member on the Educator Researcher track.
- Maintain 6 R-Level (NIH, DoD, NIJ, etc.) funded grants.
- Increase total funding (in dollars) by 10% annually relative to 2014.
- Continue to expand interprofessional faculty research development and collaborative opportunities.
- Submit and receive funding for a "T" post-doctoral training grant to NINR.
- Facilitate at least 1 DNP/PhD collaborative research project among students.
- Continue to submit research grants, consistent with the strategic plan, that involve an emphasis on technology enhanced, self-management interventions evaluated through community engaged research methods.
- Maintain SCTR role as key partners for university-wide researchers using community engaged models of care and research.
- Develop an infrastructure to improve the Office of Practice; thereby, improving overall effectiveness and efficiency.
- Strengthen key community partnerships for the advancement of practice, education, and scholarship.
- Expand the partnership with MUSC for nursing practice professional development.
- Continue to monitor and improve the Career Development Plan.
- Continue 5-year planning meetings with each faculty member, to determine their mid-range goals and how to best accomplish them.Revise the faculty evaluation system per University requirements.
- Continue to work with IT to revise the faculty workload database.
- Assess perceptions of faculty orientation and how we can improve this process.
College of Nursing Accreditation
BSN, MSN and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a resource for the information regarding the Nursing program. Information may be obtained by writing or telephoning them directly at:
The Undergraduate Program is fully approved by:
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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner track of the masters program is fully approved by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 104, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150.