Nursing practice is optimizing the health of individuals, families, communities or a population in order to increase the quality of life through one’s lifespan. 

In today’s world, primary care is met with many challenges such as a growing demand due to an aging population, inefficient health systems and rising health costs.  However, instead of obstacles, we at the MUSC College of Nursing see opportunities.  Opportunities for nurses to fill healthcare gaps that increases each year and develop new skills.

We also see a chance to form strong academic/practice partnerships.  Partnerships that are not only fundamental to the advancement of full scope nursing practice, but in the transformation of health, health care and health policy in the future.

The MUSC College of Nursing strives to transform and expand student learning beyond the classroom by co-creating interprofessional and innovative partnerships with hospitals, health agencies, and benefactors to build a well-trained nursing workforce ready to meet the primary, acute, chronic and transitional care needs of all the populations locally and globally.  

The MUSC College of Nursing strives to transform and expand student and professional learning beyond the classroom by creating innovative partnerships.

PARTNER, The Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Technology-Enhanced Residency Program deploys PMH-NPs in a newly launched psychiatric tele-mental health practice partnership fellowship for APRNs, the only such program in the country. This unique partnership between MUSC’s College of Nursing, Center for Telehealth, and the Department of Psychiatry supports workforce readiness using a continuity of care tele-mental health model for rural primary care integration to increase accessibility while lowering costs. This one-year post-graduate fellowship training program offers high-quality and effective care for patients and a transition path for newly board-certified PMH-NPs to advance their proficiency.