An October 2020 update from Dean Linda Weglicki

Dean Linda Weglicki
September 28, 2020
Dean Linda Weglicki

Dear alumni and friends,

I hope this message finds you and your family well. As you can imagine, it has been a challenging and demanding six months that has required every individual to adapt during this unprecedented time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One thing that was compelling throughout these past months of uncertainty was hearing the many stories of our fellow nurse heroes who stepped up in a variety of leadership and caring roles where many often placed the lives of others above their own. Nurses have been the pillar of care and compassion throughout this pandemic. They have been strong, brave and resilient. They have persevered, sacrificed, and gone above and beyond in so many ways as they cared for patients and families.

These outstanding attributes are the same traits I use to describe many of our MUSC faculty members. Some served on the front lines, sacrificing time with their family for weeks at a time; some provided creative support in dealing with COVID-19 related stress and anxiety; while others worked intensely to examine and promote our students' academic progression while keeping their safety as a priority. All have demonstrated intelligence, flexibility, creativity and effective leadership.

We are thankful to be part of an academic health center. MUSC Health and our practice partners, including the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, continued to place our students in clinical settings these past five months when many other programs did not have direct patient care access.

Dean Weglicki and student 
Dean Weglicki welcomes one of 93 incoming ABSN students at the front door of the College of Nursing in August. Once inside, students picked up their nursing kits, completed computer checks, respirator fittings, and finally met the student services team in person after months of communicating via email. All safety precautions were taken including face coverings, temperature checks and social distancing.
Respirator fitting

As we strategically planned for our students' fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, our commitment to preparing the finest professional nurses remains. At this time, we plan to continue our didactic classes online. Our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) students will come to the college for in-person simulation, skills training and testing, and direct patient care clinical experiences. Our graduate programs will continue to use our innovative online engagement platforms that integrate high-fidelity simulation and experiential learning.

In the midst of health care challenges and times of change, leaders seek and find opportunities. MUSC College of Nursing leaders and faculty have successfully navigated many challenges during these unprecedented times. We vow to continue to educate nurses, prepare researchers, scholars, and clinicians in innovative ways that prepare them for whatever the future has in store for them.

Although fall 2020 will be unlike any in our 137-year history, we will strive to make our college a special place to discover, practice and work.

Until we can connect face to face again, please stay safe and healthy.

Respectfully,

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

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