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Dean Gail Stuart Providing Leadership

Gail W. Stuart, PhD, APRN, FAAN, is Dean of the College of Nursing at MUSC.  Dr. Stuart’s vision for the College is to prepare exceptional women and men for leadership roles in nursing.  The College offers the only accelerated baccalaureate nursing degree program in South Carolina, which is completed in sixteen months.  Most of the students in this program have a previous college degree and are ready for the fast pace of the curriculum and clinical work.  The College also offers both Master’s and Doctoral programs of study.  These are unique in that they are offered entirely online for “any time, any where” learning – so important to practicing nurses who wish to continue their education.  In both programs there are opportunities to come to Charleston to meet with faculty and develop skills in our state-of-the-art simulated clinical laboratory.  We are most proud of our outstanding pass rates on both the State Board and advanced practice specialty certification examinations.

Our success is directly related to the faculty of the College of Nursing who are truly exceptional in their advanced education degrees, clinical expertise, and robust research activities.  Perhaps most importantly, they are truly dedicated to the success of our students and to improving the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities.

As we look forward it is clear that the health care reform initiatives of the current era will provide even greater opportunities for our graduates to utilize their skills and clinical expertise.  We see future emphasis being placed on prevention and health promotion, as well as self-care management. With patients and families assuming increasing responsibility for their own health and well-being, nurses will play a vital role in educating them to anticipate and prevent problems, as well as working with them to manage their illness and maximize their quality of life.  We believe nurses are the “glue” of the health care system and, in the days ahead, the role of nurses will grow even stronger and far more visible.  It is indeed an honor and a privilege to be Dean of the College of Nursing at this exciting time, as we propel our educational, clinical, and research activities into the challenges and opportunities of a new age of healthcare.

 Related Podcast:
-The College of Nursing Prepares Nurses for Leadership Roles

- Dean Gail Stuart Provides Leadership for Nurses in the Era of Health Reform

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