Dear alumni and friends,
First, and most importantly, I wish to thank everyone who has supported the MUSC College of Nursing this past year. Whether you took a student to lunch, attended a reception, or generously contributed to a scholarship, we greatly appreciate your phenomenal support. Through your generosity, we can better assist our students in achieving their dreams of becoming a nurse.
I find that fall is a busy time of year for many. For me, it was especially active and productive as I attended several conferences that focused on leadership, science, and professional development.
In October, I attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) annual fall leadership conference in Washington, D.C. This event brings together nearly 800 deans and associate deans to discuss organizational and legislative priorities and their impact on nursing education. As chairwoman of AACN's Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Steering Committee, I worked with nurse leaders from around the country to provide a workshop for college deans, associate deans, and directors that focused on legal issues in academic nursing and its impact on a student’s educational progression. This was a timely topic that generated a lot of discussion around Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, the Cleary Act, and the American Disabilities Act, all driving important processes important in academic programs today.
While in Washington, deans and directors from South Carolina went to Capitol Hill to meet with the state’s legislative staff. We put advocacy into action by focusing our conversations on critical priorities important to nursing education, practice, and research. We talked about the growing need for funding to support nursing education and student tuition assistance programs. We also provided strong messages about the shortage of nurses and nursing-faculty members, and the lack of funding for nursing research, which can both lead to negative health outcomes for South Carolinians.
Later in the week, I went to a scientific conference for nurse researchers and scientists hosted by the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), the research arm of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). This year’s conference was dedicated to the growing use of sensor technology in nursing research. Presentations and discussions centered on ethical considerations, analytics, and the use of sensor technology, such as remote monitoring, across the lifespan. It was clear that we have much to think about as we continue to apply best practices and principles while integrating technology into the care we provide to individuals, families, and communities.
Lastly, I attended the AAN's annual policy conference. This meeting provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues, to challenge ideas, and to participate in open dialogues that result in different ways of thinking to inform health care and the politics of health care. The annual academy meeting culminates with an induction celebration of new fellows. This year was particularly special as our own Felesia Bowen, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, associate professor and undergraduate program director, was inducted along with a prestigious group of nurse leaders for her translational work to advance asthma care for vulnerable populations. What an amazing 10 days in Washington, D.C.
In closing, I want to thank you again for your support of the MUSC College of Nursing and remind you that the end of the year is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already, please consider making a tax-deductible gift and begin a new tradition of annual giving to the College of Nursing. Your gift, no matter how small or how large, will play a vital role in the advancement of students and our beloved college.
My best wishes to you and your families for a beautiful and joyful holiday season and great beginnings as we start the new year.
In kindness and caring,
Dean Linda S. Weglicki, Ph.D., R.N.
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Dean Linda Weglicki
Keywords: Winter 2019