MUSC College of Nursing

MUSC is the only academic health sciences center in South Carolina, and thus is on the cutting edge of health care practice, education and discovery. The College of Nursing has the only accelerated BSN program in the state and graduates more doctorally prepared nurses than any other institution in South Carolina.

Mission: The College of Nursing of the Medical University of South Carolina educates nurses in an interprofessional environment to change lives, and provides proactive leadership to improve health outcomes, eliminate health disparities and advance the nursing profession.

Happy National NP Week! We are excited to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and the incredible benefits they provide to their patients. This week especially, be sure to thank all the NPs you know!
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Meet Maheen Beram. She’s a first-semester nursing student and the recipient of the Virginia Lawton Harper Scholarship. Maheen shares, "The Virginia Lawton Harper Scholarship has provided me the opportunity to excel and pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. I am extremely thankful for the resources provided by the Harper family and their commitment to helping students like me achieve their full potential and academic goals."
For most students, scholarships are an integral part of furthering their studies and pursuing their career goals. To find out more information on how you can give to the College of Nursing's scholarships, visit
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We are grateful to the brave and heroic men and women who have served in our nation’s military.
Did you know that in the past five years alone the College of Nursing has enrolled and graduated 120 veterans and/or active duty military? MUSC’s College of Nursing established the Veterans in Nursing Scholarship fund to help veterans continue to serve their country, now through nursing.
Honor a veteran today by making a contribution to the Veterans in Nursing Scholarship!
#muscnursing #veteransday #veteransday2019 #thankaveteran #militarynurse #scholarships

As we lead up to #GivingTuesday on December 3, each Tuesday in November, we will share just how thankful some of our current scholarship recipients are and celebrate the impact a scholarship can make.
First semester nursing student Spencer LeFlem says, “The Thomas J. Wiscarz Memorial Nursing Scholarship has given me the opportunity to excel and more thoroughly develop my knowledge and practice in Nursing. I am thankful for the opportunity it gives me to fully direct my attention towards my schoolwork and clinical experience.”
To find out more information on how you can give, visit
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Happy Halloween, everyone! May your candy baskets be full and your costumes be spook-tacular.

Only a few more days until #LOWVELO19! It’s not too late to sign-up to ride, volunteer or donate. As of today 637 awesome riders and 110 fearless pelotons have signed-up to ride! Remember, 100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to life-saving cancer research at @hollingscancercenter, @MedicalUniversityofSouthCarolina.

#MUSC #CHS #Charleston #Lowcountry #HollingsCancerCenter #cancerresearch #cycling #CHScycling #CHSevents

#FBF to a fun and yummy potluck lunch this past Monday. Hosted by DICE, the event was an opportunity to celebrate differences, enjoy good food, and promote inclusion. DICE (Diversity and Inclusion Champions of Excellence) is a group in the college that is dedicated to promoting equity, access and inclusion among students, faculty and staff. They work to foster a climate that is welcoming and respectful of all individuals and groups. Valuing diversity is part of the vision, mission, values, and philosophy of the College of Nursing and our strategic plan.

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The photo captures labor and delivery nurse Caty Nixon grieving another family’s loss -- a stillborn baby she had helped to deliver. Nixon’s sister Laura took the picture and posted it on Facebook, eliciting a viral flood of online encouragement.

Over the weekend, Dean Weglicki traveled to Washington, D.C. for the @American Association of Colleges of Nursing annual conference. As the chair of AACN’s Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Steering Committee, she and other nurse leaders put together an informative workshop that focused on some of the legal issues facing today's nursing education administration.

#muscnursing #musccon #nursingschool #nurseleaders #aacn

In honor of all the amazing nurses who have made an impact in the Hispanic/Latino community meet 5 Hispanic nurse trailblazers, everyone should know.

To close out National Nurse Midwifery Week, we give you a photo of beloved nurse midwife Maude Callen (left).

Did you know that Nurse Callen with the first nurse midwife in South Carolina? She set up her own practice in Berkeley County.

The 2019 Dean’s Scholarship Reception happened last night. One of our favorite events of the year, the annual reception celebrates all of the College of Nursing’s scholarship donors and their recipients. During the evening several scholarship recipients shared their journey to becoming a nursing student that left guests with full hearts and a few with tears in their eyes.
#muscnursing #musccon #nursingschool #scholarships #reception #makingadifference @ MUSC College of Nursing

The 2019 Dean’s Scholarship Reception happened last night! One of our favorite events of the year, the annual reception celebrates all of the College of Nursing’s scholarship donors and their recipients. During the evening several scholarship recipients shared their journey to becoming a nursing student that left guests with full hearts and a few with tears in their eyes.
#muscnursing #musccon #nursingschool #scholarships #reception #makingadifference @ MUSC College of Nursing

Nurse Midwife and Instructor Marjorie McManus looks on while a student listens for fetal heart tones.

In honor of National Midwifery Week, we're taking a walk down memory lane.

Did you know that MUSC's College of Nursing had a Midwifery Program at one point in our history? We'll be sharing some photos from the @WaringLibrary historical archives.

Check out this photo of Carmela Cavero, the first Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program. She is looking in on a mother and baby.

It's a sim lab sorta day.

Why do nursing students participate in simulation learning?

Simulation as an instructional technique enhances patient safety and provides nursing students with the opportunity to practice their in-class learning in a safe and controlled environment.

Ready to apply to nursing school? Follow the link below to start your application through NursingCAS today!

Congratulations to PhD student Marcelaine Reneau and her committee for a successful defense of her dissertation! Marcelaine conducted a feasibility trial using a biofeedback device to help veterans suffering from fibromyalgia. Well done! 🤗

(Pictured L-R: Drs. Jeff Meyer, Michelle Nichols, Marcelaine Reneau & Julie Barroso)

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In July 2017, MUSC College of Nursing alumna Rinne Sade ’75 made a philanthropic gift to help propel her alma mater’s educational offerings in palliative care. In 2019, Sade endowed a permanent fund through her estate, the Corinne Vincent Sade Fund for Palliative Care Education, to continue to support this work in perpetuity.

Alumna Mary Swain ’80 also recently designated her endowed chair to focus on palliative care. The Mary Watcher Swain Endowed Chair for Palliative Care Health is now being recruited and, once in place, will direct and expand the college’s palliative care education, research, and practice initiatives. Both alumnae are excited to see each other supporting palliative care.

Follow the link below for the full story on how Sade and Swain are transforming the college's palliative care curriculum through their giving.

Congrats, Dr. Kelechi! We're so excited that you're our new associate dean for research! Follow link for full story:

"Not to worry. We are Virgos!" - Dr. Ida Spruill -

Lee Moultrie, longtime friend of Dr. Ida Spruill, remembers his chats with Ida fondly in his letter to CON alumni and friends. What do Moultrie and Spruill have in common? They share the same birthday!

Read his message at the link below and see how he is celebrating their joint birthday this year.

Welcome back, everybody! Classes resume today.

Things that make use smile?
1. New white coats and stethoscopes.
2. Evacuation orders being lifted.

School is back in session, everyone! The Governor has lifted the evacuation order so regular classes, University clinics and University operations will resume on Monday morning. Stay safe as your travel back to Charleston!

Hurricane Dorian Update:

As mandated by state law, we are following the direction of our Governor’s office and Charleston County government's lead in making closure decisions. With the evacuation order now issued for tomorrow at noon, Labor Day, classes are canceled and the University is closed until further notice. Monitor your emails for additional updates.

Information related to evacuation assistance for students in need of transportation and a place to stay will be sent via email.

Stay safe, everyone!

It's the final week of Alumni Appreciation Month. Check out this feature on MUSC CON faculty members and graduates, Michelle Nichols, RN, PhD and Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN. Dr. Nichols received her PhD and Dr. Jenkins received her MSN at MUSC's College of Nursing.

Join us in giving a big welcome to our newest alumni, the RN-BSN Class of 2019! Photo album is up and ready for viewing using the following link:

Alumni Appreciation Month is one of our favorites because we get to reconnect with so many of our graduates and catch up on all that they are doing in their nursing careers. Check out one of our relatively new graduate's stories below.

Erik Nickerson, RN, BSN graduated from the college's ABSN program in December 2018. Since graduation, he has moved to the big apple to work at NYU Langone in their Medicine, Oncology, and Pulmonology departments. Erik also shared that he enrolled in their highly-acclaimed residency program. Way to go, Erik! We're proud of you!

Photos provided by Erik Nickerson.

Ready to apply to our ABSN program? Start your application on NursingCas today! Be sure to have your application completed by September 15 for consideration for our Spring 2020 cohort.

You can apply to all our programs through NursingCas, your one-stop-shop for nursing school applications. Follow the link below to get started:

Happy National Tell a Joke Day! We hope you share lots of jokes and laughs today.

Our personal favorite...

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Nurses supporting nurses. Thank you to CON nursing graduate and friend of the college, Mary Swain and her family for investing in the future of nursing!

Mary Swain, BSN '80, and her husband David, are passionate about helping the next generation of nurses. They feel that students can learn essential lessons from studying abroad, while also helping others and serving as positive ambassadors for the nursing profession.

Through establishing The Mary Swain Global Initiatives Endowment, the Swains will provide annual funding for six MUSC College of Nursing students and one faculty member to travel abroad to developing nations such as India, Indonesia, and Ghana. For two weeks, students will gain invaluable clinical experience, strengthen cross-cultural competencies, and develop advanced nurse training and leadership skills.

#MUSCalumni #ChangingWhatsPossible

Susan Krause Flavin, PhD class of 2015, is always on the go. These days, you can catch her on her bike, in the water, or on a run.

Here, Susan is completing the cycling portion of the Escape the Cape triathlon in Cape May, NJ. The triathlon started with a 0.9 mile swim (that included a 15 foot jump off of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry 😲😬🤪), followed by a 23 mile bike ride, and then a 5 mile run.

As if that isn’t cool enough... the Escape the Cape was Susan’s 16th triathlon in four years!!!! Way to go, Susan!

Photo provided by Susan Flavin.

Ready to begin your journey of becoming a nurse? Take the next step and complete your application to MUSC's College of Nursing.
We've made the application process easier by joining NursingCas, your one-stop-shop for applying to nursing school.
We are now accepting applications for all our programs. Follow the link to begin your application today.

Many of our Ph.D. graduates go on do to important research in hospital settings while also teaching the next generation of nurses.

One such alumna is Heather Craven, R.N., Ph.D., CMSRN (first photo, second from the right). Dr. Craven is both a Nurse Scientist at the Medical Center and a Clinical Instructor here at the College of Nursing.

She recently mentored a group of ABSN students through their Research and Evidence Based Practice course. ABSN students shared their work during the ABSN Poster Presentation Day this past Tuesday.

Photo credit: Josh Goodwin

Who's coming to tomorrow's Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care Conference?

Be sure to join The MUSC College of Nursing along with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences for an entire day of sessions hosted by distinguished panelists and speakers, including physicians, nurse leaders, and mental health experts.

See you there!

Did you catch MUSC Alumni 's recent story on CON alumna, Amanda McAlister? Check it out below!

"I know from personal experience that going to see a health care provider can be stressful, so I wanted to provide a serene environment for our patients." - Amanda McAllister, RN, DNP ’17

After Amanda graduated from MUSC College of Nursing with her Doctor of Nursing Practice, she and her mother Donna McAllister decided to take a leap together and open Seaside Family Medicine in Berkeley County, fulfilling their dreams of opening a nurse-managed health clinic. The mother-daughter duo are focused on not only improving access to high-quality care in rural, medically underserved communities, but also creating a peaceful, nonclinical atmosphere where patients receive their treatments.

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible

We spy with our little eyes a familiar face and CON alumna on the cover of July's American Nurse Today!

Congrats to MUSC College of Nursing Executive Associate Dean for Academics and CON alumna, Dr. Gigi Smith for coauthoring Evidence-based Epilepsy Care. Check out the following link for the full article:

"Nurses have an integral role to promote self- and family-management in inpatient and outpatient care settings. This article means a great deal to me as it is getting the word out to nurses about the importance of epilepsy evidence based care. Epilepsy is a brain disease and one of the most common disorders of the central nervous system. Possible comorbidities of epilepsy can include effects on cognitive, behavioral, physical, and social areas of function. Persons and families living with epilepsy need comprehensive care to attain best quality of life and healthcare outcomes.
- Gigi Smith, PhD, RN, PNP, FAES -

Check out the link below for the full article:

First up during Alumni Appreciation Month is CON graduate Cerrissa Hugie, LMSW, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC!

Dr. Hugie started her own business called MYNDSpace Mental Health Education & Consulting. Through her work, she expands her impact beyond daily patient encounters by providing mental health education to other mental health professionals, government agencies, community, & faith based organizations. In doing so, she is helping to build a unified force that works together to holistically address the mental health needs of the individuals they all collectively serve.

Q: How did you decided nursing was right for you?
A: I pursued nursing at age 30 after a "midlife crisis" because I had not discovered my purpose in life. I went to OC tech to become an LPN, and then applied to MUSC for my BSN. I was wait-listed and then accepted 6 weeks before the semester started. I finished as one of the top 5 students in my class.

I've always been passionate about mental health, having previously been a therapist, so once I discovered that nursing had a mental health option, it was a no-brainer. I went on to finish my MSN & DNP at Vanderbilt University, and I now know that being a psychiatric nurse practitioner is my calling. It is the culmination of all my natural abilities to connect with others, my passion for mental/emotional health, my education, and my training. Everyday I wake up grateful to serve and am humbled by the privilege to enter into such sacred places. My patients are a gift to me and I am often inspired by their strength, resilience, & courage.

Photos provided by Dr. Hugie.

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Charleston, SC

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The College of Nursing, one of six colleges of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), is responsible for the education, research, and practice of nurses in an interprofessional health sciences environment. The philosophy of the College of Nursing embodies the concepts of nursing, health, person, and environment, as well as nursing education, nursing research, and nursing practice. The faculty believes that the discipline of nursing is both an art and a science.

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