As the long warm days of summer come to an end, I hope you were able to enjoy some time with family and friends.
For me, the end of summer marks a shift at the MUSC College of Nursing, as we welcome new students and new faculty members into our family. Honoring the traditions of the 136-year-old college, we welcomed 91 incoming Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students during the Stethoscope and White Coat Ceremony. This lovely event launches the journey that will transform these students into nurses. It also gives faculty a chance to meet the extraordinary individuals entering our nursing school – some who undoubtedly will go on to become great leaders and champions of our profession.
Over the summer we hired seven new full-time faculty members and five part-time faculty members. I am confident each will bring energy, expertise, and insight to our academic, clinical, and research programs.
With every warm welcome brings bittersweet goodbyes. We said farewell to our R.N. to BSN students at a Pinning Ceremony a few weeks ago. I feel a sense of pride knowing that our faculty educated and trained some outstanding graduates who are well prepared to join the two million practicing baccalaureate-prepared nurses in America. In fact, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the percentage of R.N.s with a BSN or higher is now at an all-time high of 56% (from 49% in 2010).
As I look ahead, I am eager to see all the ways our students, alumni, faculty, and staff will contribute to the university's mission in the days to come. It is exciting to think of these students and educators committing to the idea of pursuing their love of nursing through education, practice, and research at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Be on the lookout for the newest edition of Lifelines magazine that will be hitting your mailbox soon. It will include an interview that will discuss my perspectives and vision for the MUSC College of Nursing, as well as a snapshot of some of the many accomplishments of our outstanding faculty, students, and staff. I hope you enjoy it!
In kindness and caring,
Linda S. Weglicki
Dean and professor
MUSC College of Nursing