I am very excited to launch our first alumni e-newsletter – intentionally designed and devoted to you - our distinguished nursing alumni!
The MUSC Nursing alumni e-newsletter will be published quarterly and will include highlights that will keep you abreast of the most current information about the College, but will not include day-to-day items which you may find less interesting. This newsletter will feature stories that focus on activities in our academic programs, research areas of focus and practice. As we think about topics to include in each edition, we welcome your ideas and feedback about the types of information which you would like to receive.
For our first issue, we highlight the success of the Taking Nursing Higher scholarship campaign, launched in 2016 under former Dean Gail Stuart, including the total number of scholarships supported during the campaign. Without being a spoiler, we far exceeded the original target of $1 million in scholarships to our students.
This first issue also provides a brief introduction to two important fundraising projects we will launch in 2019. First, the Faculty Excellence Project, developed to help mitigate the nursing faculty shortage, yes, we are on the brink of realizing the effects of this national trend across Colleges of Nursing. In the nutshell, we will focus energy and resources to recruit, develop, and retain the best and brightest faculty to the MUSC College of Nursing. A second fundraising effort, MUSC Nursing – A Place of Distinction, will concentrate on increasing our undergraduate as well as our graduate scholarships and programs as we address the predicted nurse practice workforce shortage over the next decade.
As you know, the predicted shortage includes graduates from entry level (BSN), advanced practice level (APRN), and the doctoral level, most specifically the Ph.D.-prepared nurse researcher. We have a lot of work to do, but I am confident that we will make a difference as we commit to partnering with our nurse educator colleagues across the state, and with our many clinical practice partners.
I am also thrilled to share with you that our online graduate nursing programs were recently ranked No. 6 in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The College surpassed more than 500 nursing schools surveyed to earn this ranking, making it the sixth year we have ranked in the top six. Also of note, when you remove the private nursing schools from the list our ranking shoots up to No. 3 among public universities.
In closing, my personal message is one of sincere gratitude. As alumni of MUSC College of Nursing, you understand the importance of the community effort involved in helping our students meet the educational challenges in our rigorous programs. I am genuinely grateful for every person who has supported our students on their journey to completing a nursing degree at MUSC. I am grateful to our alumni, in particular, who volunteer their time and represent the College so well. I am grateful to those of you who provide honest advice, mentorship, and support to our students, so that they may concentrate on their educational journey. And I am grateful for every person who has ever encouraged an anxious nursing student before an exam, a competency check, a clinical rotation, a quality improvement or a dissertation defense with a confident, “You have got this – you are MUSC!”
The ways our student nurses are supported are countless and the value of that support is immeasurable. As alumni, you are so important in keeping the MUSC College of Nursing strong for future generations of students who dream of becoming an MUSC graduate nurse. For over 135 years, the generations of nurses who have proudly worn the MUSC College of Nursing pin made certain that being an MUSC graduate was something extraordinary. We invite you to become more involved as a distinguished graduate of the MUSC College of Nursing, so please contact us. We value your time and engagement in this journey.
I do hope that you enjoy the new newsletter, and I look forward to YOUR engagement with us as we keep you abreast of the activities that support our mission and goals.
Linda S. Weglicki, Ph.D., RN
Dean, Professor, MUSC College of Nursing
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Dean Linda Weglicki
Keywords: Spring 2019