A message from Dean Linda W. Weglicki

Dean Linda Weglicki
February 28, 2022
Dean Weglicki

Addressing the underlying issues of the current nursing shortage and growing the nursing workforce in our state are always at the forefront of my priorities as dean. As alumni, you know well the critical importance of supporting these efforts, and I deeply appreciate your partnership in this work.

In January, Governor Henry McMaster announced his executive budget recommendations for fiscal years 2022-23, which include $20 million dedicated to alleviating South Carolina’s critical nursing shortage. The committed efforts of Governor McMaster and our state legislators in addressing the multifaceted and complex factors contributing to South Carolina’s nursing workforce and faculty shortage have the ability, as an initial step, to be truly transformative in the future. I followed up with Governor McMaster to not only thank him for his recognition and support as proposed in next year’s budget, but also to advocate for the importance of continuing support beyond this next fiscal year if we are truly going to make an impact.

Additionally, the current South Carolina nursing shortage is exacerbated by a dire lack of funding to support graduate-level nursing education and our students. At MUSC, we have devoted considerable time, energy and resources to creating a rigorous yet supportive curriculum to serve these nursing professionals, who often continue to work in their field while pursuing their graduate degree. We are fully capable of supporting them in all facets, except in the crucial aspect of meaningful scholarships and tuition funding. Moreover, I am acutely aware of the direct impact noncompetitive salaries for faculty have on our ability to recruit and retain highly qualified nurse educators, who often must sacrifice their financial security to train the next generation of nurses.

Governor McMaster’s executive budget recommendations address both needs in an innovative and practical way, and I urge you to lend your full support to their adoption by our state legislators. As alumni, you play an essential role is advocating for the future of our profession. Please join me in promoting this essential initial step to support our nurse educators and students and impact the growth in the nursing workforce.

In service and respectfully,
Linda S. Weglicki, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean and professor