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135th Anniversary Gala - Sold Out

February 23, 2018
Alumni Awards: 6:30 p.m. (invitation only)
Gala: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Dr. Cole's remarks: 7:30 p.m.)

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
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Hosted by the MUSC Alumni Association, the College of Nursing proudly celebrates its 135th Anniversary and honors four individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the profession of nursing and to the College of Nursing.

This event is sold out. For more information, e-mail Sarah Schwartz.


Price
Individual tickets: $75
Students: $25


Dress Code
Cocktail Attire


Parking
A parking garage operated by the City of Charleston is located at 24 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Metered parking is located along Washington Street and Concord Street.

 

Honorees

Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg | MSN '97Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
Awarded to an alumnus/alumna who has distinguished him or herself in the nursing profession, in the community and brought honor to MUSC and the College of Nursing. Eligible nominees are graduates of 11 or more years.

Dr. Michelle Mollica | PhD '14 - Exemplary Recent Graduate Award
Recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has distinguished him or herself professionally in the field of nursing. Nursing alumni who graduated within the last ten years are eligible for this award.

Mrs. Mary Watcher Swain | BSN '80 - Outstanding Service to College of Nursing Award
Given to an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding service which promotes the advancement of the College of Nursing.

Dr. David Garr - Honorary Alumnus Award
Awarded to an individual who, while not a graduate of the MUSC College of Nursing, has made significant contributions to the college’s educational mission.

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Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg is the deputy surgeon general and chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She directs operations of the Air Force Medical Service, composed of a $6.1 billion, 44,000 person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide. She oversees the daily functions of the Air Force Surgeon General's office with offices in Washington, DC, Fort Detrick, MD, Falls Church, VA and San Antonio, TX. Included in these functions are clinical operations and quality, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, strategic medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management.  General Hogg coordinates Air Force Medical Service operations through major commands, joint service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, as chief of the Nurse Corps, General Hogg is responsible for recruitment, accession, training and education of 18,000 active duty, Reserve and Air National Guard Airmen. She oversees policy and program development which ensures the highest standards for patient-centered, evidence-based nursing practice for all eligible beneficiaries. General Hogg entered the Air Force in 1984 and has commanded at the squadron and group level and served as the deputy command surgeon for two major commands. She has deployed in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She earned her Master of Science in nursing degree from the MUSC College of Nursing in 1997. 

 

Michelle Mollica, PhD, MPH, RN is a program director in the Outcomes Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP). Before joining HDRP, Mollica was a Cancer Prevention Fellow (CPF), working with Dr. Erin Kent. As a CPF, Mollica worked on a number of projects with the SEER-CAHPS linked data resource and the Cancer Care Outcomes Research & Surveillance Consortium (CanCORS) Caregivers Study. She received her PhD in nursing science at the MUSC in 2014. As part of her doctoral work, Mollica created and piloted a peer navigation intervention utilizing long-term African-American breast cancer survivors as peer navigators to increase adherence to follow-up care and overall quality of life. Mollica also spent over 10 years working clinically as a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. In addition, she was an assistant professor of nursing at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. With an enduring interest in issues related to cancer survivorship, Mollica explores the intersection of survivorship and healthcare delivery, including patient experiences, quality of care, informal cancer caregiving, and follow-up care. Her research interests also include survivorship issues including the transition to post-treatment survivorship, spirituality, and quality of life. Mollica has a background in mixed methods research and community-engaged research and has extensive experience conducting qualitative research and intervention development in underserved populations.

 

Mary Watcher Swain graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Over the years, her unwavering support has been instrumental in the college's mission. Swain and her husband, David, truly believe nurses are a patient's strongest advocate of care by protecting the health, safety, and rights of their patients. From helping a patient understand his or her diagnosis to assisting with health care treatment plans to navigating the insurance maze, a nurse plays so many different roles that it’s impossible to encompass them all in just one job description. These beliefs led the Swains to establish the college's fifth endowed chair in 2016. The Mary Watcher Swain Endowed Chair in Nursing focuses on promoting quality of life care and improving health. Swain and her family also made a generous gift to the building fund in 2014. The Mary Watcher Swain Foyer provides the college a stunning entrance into the first-class educational facility that serves as an inspirational setting for our nursing students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, Swain led her class to raise money for the naming rights to the Archives Room during the college's recent renovation. Swain is the mother of six children and two grandchildren. After graduation, Swain worked in nursing for several years and then devoted her time to caring for her children and running the vineyard on the family property. Today, Swain volunteers extensively with several organizations in her community. As a resident of Woodruff, SC, she is very involved in her church and runs a summer camp for underprivileged elementary school children each year at the Woodruff Community Center. For the past several years, Swain has served on the Board of Artisphere, an annual fine arts street festival that is held in Greenville the weekend after Mother's Day. Artisphere is now rated seventh in the nation for visual and performing arts street festivals.

 

David R. Garr, MD, is the executive director of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), a system that works closely with the state's institutions of higher education and other partners to educate, recruit, and retain health care providers. He also has been a practicing family practitioner for more than 46 years. A long-time supporter and colleague of the College of Nursing, Garr is currently involved in two HRSA grants to increase nurse practitioner recruitment and practice in SC's rural and underserved areas. In addition, he is involved with state legislation to support tax credits/deductions for primary care preceptors of medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in South Carolina who attend public colleges/universities. Garr began his medical career in Utah in 1975 as a rural family doctor in a practice that was established as a National Health Service Corps site. Common themes that have served as the underpinning to his career have been improving access to primary care, reducing health disparities, advancing interprofessional education and practice, and studying ways to increase the quality of health care and the provision of preventive services to populations. Garr graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and is board certified in family medicine. He completed a residency at Highland Hospital in West Virginia and is affiliated with MUSC University Hospital and Trident Medical Center.

 

 

Congratulations to Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg ‘97 for being selected as the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award recipient by the MUSC Alumni Association. 
 
Gen. Hogg is the deputy surgeon general and chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She directs operations of the Air Force Medical Service, composed of a $6.1 billion, 44,000 person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide. She oversees the daily functions of the Air Force Surgeon General’s office with offices in Washington, DC, Fort Detrick, MD, Falls Church, VA and San Antonio, TX. Included in these functions are clinical operations and quality, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, strategic medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management. General Hogg coordinates Air Force Medical Service operations through major commands, joint service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
Additionally, as chief of the Nurse Corps, General Hogg is responsible for recruitment, accession, training and education of 18,000 active duty, Reserve and Air National Guard Airmen. She oversees policy and program development which ensures the highest standards for patient-centered, evidence-based nursing practice for all eligible beneficiaries.
 
Gen. Hogg entered the Air Force in 1984 and has commanded at the squadron and group level and served as the deputy command surgeon for two major commands. She has deployed in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She earned her Master of Science in nursing degree from the MUSC College of Nursing in 1997.
 
Gen. Hogg will receive her award at the 135th Anniversary Gala at the SC Aquarium on February 23.
 
Stay tuned to read about the recipients of the Exemplary Recent Graduate, Honorary Alumna Award, and the Outstanding Service to MUSC College of Nursing Award when they are announced next month.
 
Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg


 
 

The U.S. News & World Report has once again named the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing among the nation's best online graduate nursing schools. The MUSC College of Nursing ranks No. 3 overall, No. 2 among public universities, and No.1 for veterans in the publication's 2018 U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings.

In recent years, online learning has become an innovative way for students to learn instruction at the some of the top nursing schools in the U.S. In a rapidly growing and competitive market, this is the fifth year in a row that the school has been ranked in the top three.

"As one of the first nursing schools to forge into online instruction, this top ranking again illustrates our commitment to promote innovative learning and practice to nurses across the country," said Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the MUSC College of Nursing.

The MUSC College of Nursing offers online graduate programs that award a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing science degree. The school also provides an on-campus Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing (ABSN) degree with classroom, clinical, and lab components, as well as an online RN to BSN program. In fall 2017, more than 560 students were enrolled in the College of Nursing.

An upcoming application deadline for the MUSC College of Nursing’s outstanding online DNP program is January 15. Learn more about MUSC’s nursing programs visit www.musc.edu/nursing.

 

Each year more than 2 million people are hospitalized after suffering a very serious injury resulting from car crashes, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian incidents, along with people who have been shot or stabbed. According to Ken Ruggiero, Ph.D., national estimates show that 20 to 40 percent of that population develops significant symptoms of PTSD and depression in the first year after their injury.

Ruggiero is the director of MUSC's Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP) and a professor in the College of Nursing. Tatiana Davidson, PhD, also on the College of Nursing faculty, is TRRP’s Co-Director. TRRP is designed to catch trauma patients early and screen them for PTSD and depression. The TRRP team focuses on patients still in the hospital who have experienced a traumatic injury to educate them about emotional recovery after traumatic injury and tell them about the program. If the patient agrees, they will receive a follow-up phone screen for PTSD and depression one month after they’ve been discharged. Patients who screen positive are offered formal treatment. Patients use iPads, computers, smartphones, or other electronic devices to connect them with PTSD specialists while recovering in their home. (The program supplies iPads to people who need them.)

Launched in September of 2015, the College of Nursing led program has grown significantly and their innovative, scalable approach to addressing patients’ mental health needs after traumatic injury has been getting increased attention. The TRRP team has made quite an impact in SC.

In its second year, TRRP has approached and educated around 500 patients at an MUSC Health hospital, with 282 of those patients completing a 30-day mental health screen over the phone, which led to 106 recommendations to connect to a mental health provider.

Data from the 30-day telephone screens suggested a high prevalence of PTSD and depression. Although the team did not see meaningful differences by age group, they did see differences in risk for PTSD and depression by race and gender. Women were more likely than men to screen positive for PTSD or depression at the 30-day phone call, and African Americans were more likely than white patients to screen positive. Most patients who screened positive for PTSD and/or depression during the 30-day screen accepted recommendations for assessment and treatment (34 percent of patients declined assessment and treatment services).

Ruggiero, who is also the co-director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL), estimates that in the program's first two years, the team has served more than 1,000 patients who would not have received any mental health services under the old model. "Although we view this as a success, we also view it as only the first step in the process. The next step is to expand the program and explore how to adapt and implement it in other trauma centers across South Carolina," he said.

In July, TRRP secured a three-year award from the Duke Endowment grant to expand the program across the state. With support and partnership from the MUSC Health Center for Telehealth, the program will include three other trauma centers in South Carolina. Its first two partners will be Palmetto Health and Trident Medical Center.

Colleagues at TACHL are currently testing a tablet-based patient portal that can be used at MUSC and our partnering trauma centers that will dramatically increase the efficiency of the program and reduce staff burden.

Olivia Eilers, program coordinator for TRRP, said it’s important for trauma survivors and their loved ones to know what to expect emotionally after an injury. “We see a lot of patients who aren’t prepared for the emotional trauma because the focus is so much on healing physically," she said. "Emotional health is just as important. As a community, we need to keep working to reduce stigma around mental health by providing the right resources and continually letting people know it’s ok to ask for help.”

 

The MUSC College of Nursing has received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award that recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. 

The College of Nursing was recognized for its innovative approach to interprofessional education through its Virtual Interprofessional Learning (VIP), an innovative asynchronous platform utilizing Avatars to engage learners in interprofessional (IP) learning opportunities across disciplines, universities, and geographies. In 2014, with the support of a grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation the college created VIP as an online interactive learning experience to increase students’ IP engagement, knowledge of patient quality and safety, and IP communication. 
 
The VIP platform is a virtual health care setting that utilizes avatars.  The Interprofessional Education Collaborative Core Competencies (IPEC) guided the development of the VIP with a focus on patient care quality and safety and IP communication competencies. MUSC students from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) root cause analysis and communication modules to build baseline knowledge before entering the virtual environment. Via the VIP platform, students interactively conducted a root cause analysis through a complex case in a virtual world scenario. Unique to the evaluation plan is the ability of the VIP platform to assess a number of IPEC competencies through automated scoring, populating at the end of the virtual student experience. Additional evaluation tools include focus groups, a self-assessment of IP practice in patient care and a user experience tool.         
 
This innovative approach helps advance IP education from siloed, limited experiences to accessible, innovative and interactive opportunities that are not bound by time or place. The VIP platform is portable, exportable and generalizable and will promote incorporation of IP education in a wide variety of clinical scenarios and locations. 
 
“We were thrilled to receive this award from the AACN that recognizes our faculty and staff's hard work and dedication to develop and implement an innovative interprofessional program that will educate and engage our future health care professionals," said Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing.

During the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference, only three schools in the U.S. were honored with the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award in the following categories.

  • Small School/Liberal Arts Schools - St. Mary's College
  • Academic Health Center (AHC) - MUSC College of Nursing
  • Public School without an AHC - Mennonite College of Nursing (Illinois State University)

“We were thrilled to receive this award from the AACN that recognizes our faculty and staff's hard work and dedication to develop and implement an innovative interprofessional program that will educate and engage our future health care professionals," said Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing.

The award, including a monetary prize of $1,000, was presented on Oct. 28 at the AACN leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

 

The Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing has received a $1.6 million, four-year grant to help educate psychiatric/mental health nursing students through the federal government’s new Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training 

(BHWET) Program. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), this grant will help integrate behavioral health assessments and treatment into primary care settings, as well as increase placements and provide interprofessional training in collaborative practice for students, faculty, and preceptors (field placement supervisors).

More than half of mental illness cases are never formally diagnosed, therefore, go untreated. All over the nation, mental health providers are currently overwhelmed in primary care settings and emergency rooms. In South Carolina, there are around 3,200 certified nurse practitioners, but less than 60 of them are psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners in a state of 4 million people.

“Some patients who seek treatment in primary care settings may show symptoms related to mental health or psychiatric illnesses; however, some practitioners may lack the expertise and experience to treat those patients effectively,” said Cathy Durham, DNP, FNP, director of the DNP program. “This grant allows us to focus on developing and expanding the behavioral health workforce by serving the medically underserved areas including rural areas where an emergency room may be their only point of contact.”

This funding will support students who are earning their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and enrolled in the college’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track, thus increasing the number of psychiatric/mental health providers servicing the tri-county region, especially in rural and medically underserved populations. The BHWET project will provide stipends to psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students who complete their field placement and pursue employment in a rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved area.

 

 

 

A kickoff event for the Charleston Medical District Greenwat will be held Nov. 20 to help MUSC, the City of Charleston, Roper Hospital, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center celebrate the launch of Phase I of the Charleston Medical District Greenway.

Prior to the event you will begin to see some major changes to Doughty St. As of Monday, Nov. 6, Earhardt Street extending to the intersection of President and Jonathan Lucas Streets (in front of the Public Safety building) will close forever to vehicular traffic, thus launching a new era of use for this space in the heart of the Charleston Medical District.

At this time, we ask that you please be mindful of changing pedestrian patterns as the road is painted green, as electric signage indicating new travel routes for vehicles is placed near the space (Nov. 3) and trees and furniture are delivered and placed (beginning Nov. 10).

For more information about the long-term planning efforts involving this part of campus and the entire Charleston Medical District, please watch this video

 

 

Teresa Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, associate professor, is hosting a museum exhibit in Johnson City, TN at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) related to her work with Holocaust survivors. “Deadly Medicine,” a traveling exhibit produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be at ETSU through Sep. 28. 

Stephens’ ongoing research on resilience led to the exhibit coming to ETSU. Stephens, who recently joined the College in Nursing and is a former ETSU faculty member, studies individuals and populations who have experienced extreme forms of trauma and survived. The aim of her research is to help health care students and professionals, as well as patients and others, learn ways they can be more resilient and better cope with stressful or traumatic situations.

To read more about her exhibition visit Johnson City Press or ETSU.

 

Forty-seven RN to BSN students graduated on Aug. 15 at the 2017 Pinning Ceremony. In one year, these graduates earned a degree that will allow them to potentially broaden their career opportunities. More than half of the class are nurses at MUSC Health. 

Jaclyn Arold, who graduated with honors, was selected to address her graduating class. A graduate of Trident Technical College where she earned an associates degree in nursing, Arold’s journey included many roles and experiences from unit secretary to student nurse to what she hopes to be charge nurse one day. Arold is a member of the American Nursing Association, and has served as vice president of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society at Trident Tech. In addition, Steven Bruening, First Honor Graduate, and Charles Garred, Second Honor Graduate, were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.

Jaclyn Arold after presenting her remarks to her graduating class.

The College of Nursing has received more than $5.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and use technology-based solutions to address a couple of today’s health care challenges. Two research projects, led by Professors Ken Ruggiero, PhD, and Frank Treiber, PhD, were federally funded to help mental health providers and the heart health of African-Americans.

More than $3.1 million was awarded to Ruggiero for his grant titled, “Improving quality of care in child mental health service settings,” to support mental health providers with interventions that will ensure that children and families receive the best quality care using mobile technology applications to increase engagement between the provider and child. Studies in child education show that interactive games, touch-screen learning, and demonstration videos enhance engagement, knowledge, motivation, and learning.

According to Ruggiero, nearly nine million children in the U.S. meet criteria for at least one mental health disorder at any point in time. Effective treatments exist for these disorders; however, children and families who seek these services rarely receive them. Mental health providers need more support in the delivery of these interventions to ensure that children and families receive the best quality care.

This project will take an important step toward addressing these challenges by testing a novel, technology-based solution designed to improve the delivery of child mental health interventions in real-world community settings.

Additionally, Treiber, who holds the endowed chair in the Center for Economics, was awarded more than $2.4 million from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study medication adherence by African-Americans with uncontrolled hypertension.

Treiber’s research represents an innovative, qualitative and quantitative approach aimed at testing and further optimizing a mobile health technology blood pressure and medication adherence monitoring program interfaced with a smart phone application for improving medication adherence and blood pressure control among African-Americans with uncontrolled hypertension.

Efforts to improve the effectiveness of patients with hypertension to following prescribed medication recommendations have been met with limited success. This research will test and refine a smart phone medication adherence program which includes automated reminders from an electronic medication tray, tailored text message/voice mail motivational feedback and reinforcement, automated summaries and direct alerts to providers.

 

 

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