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MUSC CON Press Release
 
CHARLESTON, SC (February 10, 2016) – The MUSC College of Nursing’s continues to lead the state in National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding list by ranking 15th out of the 66 U.S. nursing schools ranked. In addition to the College of Nursing being the highest ranked institution in S.C., the college also ranked third in the southeast, according to annual figures posted by the NIH. For the past three years, the college’s research funding has placed in the top 20 in the nation among nursing schools. 
 
Rankings are established by the amount of research dollars awarded by the NIH to each school of nursing. Last year, MUSC College of Nursing research faculty attracted over $3 million in NIH grants for research projects. These funds enable CON’s nurse scientists to continue their innovative efforts including smart phone interventions for diabetics, leg ulcers prevention, enhancing kidney donation using video, and health literacy and disease management in African-Americans. This type of funding is considered a strong indicator of an institution’s strength in research, as well as nursing science.
 
“The fact that our faculty are able to compete with, and rank alongside other, far larger schools of nursing for NIH research grant dollars speaks to the quality and intensity of our hard working team,” said Ron Acierno, PhD, associate dean for research. “This, combined with other sources of federal funding such as that from the Department of Defense, is indicative of our efforts to improve the health and quality of life of those in South Carolina and the nation, including our military personnel and veterans.”
 
The NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world granting more than 83 percent of its $30 billion budget to researchers in more than 3,000 universities, medical schools and research institutions in every U.S. state and around the world. 
 
MUSC College of Nursing’s 2015 NIH-funded researchers include:

College continues to improve quality of health care and the advancement of nursing research

CHARLESTON, SC (February 24, 2015) – The MUSC College of Nursing’s continues to climb to the top of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding list by ranking 14th out of the 63 U.S. nursing schools ranked. The College of Nursing was the highest ranked institution in S.C., according to annual figures posted by the NIH. This is the fifth year the college has achieved a national ranking. 
 
Rankings are established by the amount of research dollars awarded by the NIH to each school of nursing. In 2014, MUSC College of Nursing research faculty attracted over $2.6 million in NIH grants for research. These funds enable CON’s nurse scientists to continue their innovative efforts in areas such as leg ulcers prevention, wound care, spinal cord injuries, weight loss, enhancing kidney donation, hypertension and diabetes smartphone interventions, and health literacy and disease management in African-Americans. This type of funding is considered a strong indicator of an institution’s strength in research, as well as nursing science.
 
“I am incredibly proud of our faculty as they work to improve the health of our citizens and expand knowledge in new avenues of research,” says Dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D., R.N. “This ranking places us in a small and very prestigious group of schools across the nation.”
 
The NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world granting more than 80 percent of its budget to researchers in more than 2,500 universities and research institutions in every state across country and around the world. 
 
MUSC College of Nursing’s 2014 NIH-funded researchers include:

- Frank A. Trieber, PhD - Professor; Center for Economic Excellence Endowed Chair

- Teresa J. Kelechi, PhD, RN, FAAN – Professor; David and Margaret Clare Endowed Chair

- Gayenell S. Magwood, PhD, RN, Alumnus CCRN – Associate Professor; Department Chair

- Ida J. Spruill, PhD, RN, FAAN – Associate Professor

- Susan D. Newman, PhD, RN, CRRN – Associate Professor

 
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, SC, the Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates nearly 450 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.
 
CHARLESTON, SC (February 13, 2015) – Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the MUSC College of Nursing, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Dr. Stuart, an expert in psychiatric nursing, is the only nurse currently serving on this national board. 
 
Dr. Stuart is dean and a tenured distinguished university professor in the MUSC College of Nursing. She is also a professor in the MUSC College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Stuart's clinical and research interests involve the study of depression, anxiety disorders, clinical outcomes, and mental health delivery systems.
 
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Its strategic initiatives help provide treatment and services for people with mental and substance use disorders, support the families of people with mental and substance use disorders, build strong and supportive communities, prevent costly behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans.
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care.  MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 550 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.

U.S. News & World Report names online nursing program as best in country 
 
CHARLESTON, SC (January 8, 2015) – The MUSC College of Nursing’s online graduate nursing program has earned the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The public nursing school received a perfect score of 100 and earned high marks for faculty training and student engagement. To view the rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing.
 
“This is a tremendous achievement and a reflection of the dedication of our faculty and staff to make our educational programs the best in the country,” said Gail Stuart, Ph.D., MUSC College of Nursing dean. “It is a high honor for MUSC and the state of South Carolina to be ranked number one in the nation.” 
 
The publication’s best online rankings were introduced in 2012 to provide prospective students an overview of the rapidly growing number of institutions that offer online education programs. Since then, the number of ranked programs has increased twofold, from 677 online programs in 2012 to more than 1,200 this year. For the online graduate nursing program rankings, U.S. News & World Report collected statistical information from 133 nursing schools with online programs from July 2014 until September 2014. This number is up from 130 schools surveyed in 2014.
 
So what sets MUSC’s online nursing program apart from the rest? According to Georgette Smith, Ph.D., associate dean for academics, it’s rooted in a deep commitment to student success and role-modeling of real-world nursing experiences in education, research and practice. “We want our graduates to become independent, advanced practice nurses who practice to their full potential and also lead change in health care delivery. We have developed an innovative and rigorous asynchronous online curriculum that builds critical thinking through self-reflection throughout the program,” she said. “Our graduates are able to develop practice expertise, identify gaps in practice and generate new knowledge that reflects a nursing and transdisciplinary perspective that will inform health care systems, health policy, and evidence based practice.”
       
In addition to the MUSC College of Nursing’s online graduate nursing programs, the school began to offer an online Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree to registered nurses in fall 2014 due to an increasing demand from hospitals to hire nurses with a higher level of education.
 
The MUSC College of Nursing offers online programs that award a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing degree. More than 300 students were enrolled in the MSN, DNP, and PhD programs in fall 2014. 
 
An upcoming application deadline for the MUSC College of Nursing’s online DNP and RN to BSN programs is March 15. Learn more about MUSC’s nursing programs visit www.musc.edu/nursing
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care.  MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 550 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.
 
CHARLESTON, SC (August 1, 2014) – Two nurse leaders from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing have been selected to the 2014 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program, a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. 
 
Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, and Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP, both clinical faculty for the college, have been named two of 20 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014. Bryant and Freeman join more than 200 nurse leaders who have participated in the ENF program since it began in 1998. This diverse group will participate in a three-year, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing the effectiveness of nurse leaders who are working to improve the nation’s health care system. Approximately 100 applicants from around the world vied for spots as a Nurse Fellow this year.
 
Bryant is the director of partnerships for healthcare quality research at MUSC where she provides oversight for translational research efforts between the academic medical center and a federally qualified health center for clinical quality improvement and delivery. Additionally, she is the director of outreach and community relations at MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center, as well as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the MUSC College of Nursing. Bryant has extensive leadership experience in community health, particularly with underserved populations. She is respected for her work in building community partnerships by leading awareness efforts and facilitating quality improvement projects to increase access to health and cancer care.
 
Freeman is the chief nursing information officer and manager of nursing informatics at MUSC. Freeman worked exclusively in the field of information technology for 15 years, focusing the last decade of her IT career on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, including their design, build, and maintenance, as well as the analytics, and modeling of large data sets. She made a career change in 2006 and attended nursing school, earning her BSN from MUSC in 2008. Freeman went on to pursue her PhD in nursing at MUSC while simultaneously working as a critical care nurse resident at Lexington Medical Center. In 2010, she left full-time bedside nursing and moved into an informatics role, holding a variety of positions in enterprise implementations. 
 
“At this moment, when the role of nurses in providing care and promoting health is expanding and our country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders with the strongest skills possible,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program is enhancing the leadership skills of talented nurses all across the country. Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished, prestigious nurses, and we know that every member of the 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort will do a tremendous amount to improve health care and build a culture of health in the United States.”
 
Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and professional, governmental, and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and each develops, plans, and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.
The full list of 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows can be found at www.executivenursefellows.org.
 
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About RWJF - For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
About MUSC  - Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 460 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.
 
New multi-funder initiative aims to help reach Institute of Medicine goal to double number of nurses with doctorates
 
CHARLESTON, SC (July 21, 2014) – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing is one of only 14 schools of nursing nationwide to be among the first to receive a grant from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program to increase the number of nurses holding a PhD degree. As an inaugural grantee of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, the MUSC College of Nursing will select one student to receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years of his/her PhD program. 
 
The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, United Health Foundation, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Rhode Island Foundation are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year. The Future of Nursing Scholars program plans to support up to 100 PhD nursing candidates over its first two years. 
 
“We are thrilled to receive this funding. This support for our PhD students clearly reflects on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s commitment to a well educated nursing workforce,” said Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the MUSC College of Nursing. 
 
Desiree R. Bertrand, MSN, RN, has been selected to receive this grant. Bertrand, a resident of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, will begin her PhD studies online this fall. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a commissioned officer and a registered nurse for four years. After completing her military commitment, Bertrand worked as a travel nurse for several years. In 2003, she joined the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) as an assistant professor of nursing. Today, she is a research coordinator and the community engagement/outreach core director at the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center housed in the UVI School of Nursing. 
 
In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates; doing so will support more nurse leaders, promote nurse-led science and discovery, and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. 
 
Fewer than 30,000 (or 1 percent) of the nation’s more than 3 million nurses have doctoral degrees in nursing or a related field.  While enrollment in doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs has risen dramatically over the past few years, enrollment in PhD programs has been flat. In addition, the average age at which nurses get their PhDs in the U.S. is 46—13 years older than PhD earners in other fields. This program will provide an incentive for nurses to start PhD programs earlier, so that they can have long leadership careers after earning their PhDs.
 
“This is a crucial and ambitious endeavor,” said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing. “It’s one that everyone in our country should be engaged in and that’s why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting other funders to participate in this effort. We believe that working together, we can ensure that we are able to educate the PhD-prepared nurse leaders we need to shape the future of health care education, research and policy.”
 
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About RWJF - For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
 
About MUSC  - Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 460 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.

Field of nursing changing, program geared toward the working RN
 
CHARLESTON, SC (June 25, 2014) – The Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing announces that it will begin to offer a flexible, high-quality Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program online beginning this fall. Applications for the program are currently being accepted.
 
“This is an exciting time as we embark on new endeavors to advance our nurses professionally,” says Gail W. Stuart PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished university professor at MUSC’s College of Nursing. “With changes in health care, we need a nursing work force that is continually growing, learning and assuming new roles in patient care; we want to ensure that our nurses are in optimal positions to deliver on the new expectations and demands of our evolving health care system.”
 
The flexible online program enables nurses to pursue the advanced training required in a growing number of hospitals, as well as assume leadership roles and increase their earning potential while balancing work and other life obligations.
 
The fully online program can be completed in one academic year that consists of three semesters. Each course will be taught in 5-week segments and will provide a foundation for excellence in professional nursing practice. MUSC College of Nursing’s highly qualified, committed and accessible faculty will teach the online courses. The RN to BSN program has been approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
 
The program is being introduced to increase the number of nurses with the appropriate levels of education likely to be needed in the future. Many research studies, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s "Charting Nursing's Future,” supports there are better outcomes when nurses have a BSN degree or higher. 
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 460 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.
CHARLESTON, SC (February 4, 2014) – The MUSC College of Nursing’s continues to climb to the top of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding list by ranking 17th out of 700 U.S. nursing schools. This is the fourth year the college has achieved a national ranking. The college ranked 21st in 2012.
 
Rankings are established by the amount of research dollars awarded by the NIH to each school of nursing. In 2013, MUSC College of Nursing faculty members attracted nearly $2.25 million in NIH grants for research in areas such as the prevention of leg ulcers, wound care, spinal cord injuries, weight loss, enhancing kidney donation, smartphone interventions for hypertension and diabetes, and health literacy and disease management in African-Americans. 
 
“I am incredibly proud of our faculty as they work to improve the health of our citizens and expand knowledge in new avenues of research,” says Dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D., R.N. “This ranking places us in a small and very prestigious group of schools across the nation.”
 
With this funding, the college continues to make a difference in improving the quality of health care and in the advancement of nursing research.
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, SC, the Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates nearly 450 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.

Annual U.S. News & World Report ranking recognizes online degree program 
 
CHARLESTON, SC (January 9, 2014) – The MUSC College of Nursing’s (CON) online graduate nursing program has been ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report, up 18 spots from 2013 when it ranked 20th. The nursing school received an overall score of 97 (out of 100) and got high marks for faculty training and admissions selectivity. To view the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing.
 
"This impressive rating reflects our College of Nursing's ongoing pursuit for the highest quality in our educational offerings,” said CON Dean Gail Stuart, Ph.D. "We are especially pleased that we are the top ranked school to offer the doctor of nursing degree in an online format. We believe that this recognition by U.S. News & World Report reflects our commitment to offering exceptional graduate education to nurses in an ‘anytime, anywhere’ format."
 
For the 2014 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, U.S. News incorporated program ratings by peer institutions, in addition to the computed scores of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.
 
CON offers online programs that award a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing degree. More than 250 students were enrolled in the MSN, DNP, and PhD programs in fall 2013. An upcoming application deadline for the MUSC College of Nursing’s online DNP program is March 15. Learn more about MUSC’s DNP program at http://www.musc.edu/nursing/academics/DNP.
 
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care.  MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 350 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.
 
CHARLESTON, SC (January 6, 2014) – Ronald E. Acierno, PhD, has been named associate dean for research at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing, effective January 2, 2014. In this position, Acierno will provide mentorship and leadership in managing all aspects of research grants, from helping to refine ideas during formulation phases, through peer review, submission and post-award activities. Acierno will remain in his position as research scientist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center where he directs several studies. In addition, he will continue his work with Veterans on Deck, a non-profit organization he founded to facilitate veteran's re-integration into society in a positive, team-building by serving as a board member, and the clinical and technical advisor.
 
“Dr. Acierno will bring significant expertise, collaborative ideas and focused energy to our college in his new role. We are excited about taking our research trajectory to new levels under his leadership,” says Gail Stuart, PhD, APRN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing. 
 
Prior to joining the MUSC College of Nursing, Acierno was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at MUSC where he held affiliations in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and in the Division of Military Psychiatry. He has two diverse areas of research: epidemiological work with victims of disaster, interpersonal violence and elder abuse, and treatment outcome work with civilian and military populations suffering from PTSD. Acierno received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, and earned his master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology from Nova-Southeastern University.
 
Acierno is currently the principal investigator on a Department of Defense grant to study a preventive intervention for PTSD for active duty service personnel and veterans, two South Carolina service grants from the Department of Public Safety, a VA grant evaluating if PTSD treatment can be delivered effectively via videoconferencing technology, and the site PI for three VA multi-site studies. His work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety's VOCA, VAWA, and SVAP grant systems.
 
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About MUSC 
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. The MUSC College of Nursing educates over 460 students in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs. www.musc.edu/nursing.
 
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