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College of Nursing partners with Johnson & Johnson to help raise funds for statewide nursing shortage
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future hosts Promise of Nursing for South Carolina gala to raise funds for nursing school grants, fellowships and scholarships
CHARLESTON, SC (November 14, 2011) - In a continued effort to help alleviate the nationwide nursing shortage, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future hosted the Promise of Nursing for South Carolina gala to raise funds and provide scholarships to help ease the nursing shortage in South Carolina. The event, which was held in Charleston on Thursday, November 3, raised nearly $300,000.
All funds raised from the event will remain in South Carolina to support undergraduate nursing student scholarships, graduate nursing education fellowships to prepare nurse faculty, and grants to South Carolina area nursing schools to help expand their program capacity. More than 500 South Carolina nurses and healthcare professionals were in attendance at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. As the 30th Promise of Nursing regional gala to be held, this year’s proceeds contributed to the more than $18 million raised across the country to date.
“At a time of limited financial resources this represents a rich and important gift to our community,” says Gail Stuart, PhD, APRN, FAAN, dean of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing.
“Nurses are the heart and soul of patient care as they care for patients during their most intimate moments, from bringing new life into the world to helping patients die with dignity,” says Marilyn J. Schaffner, PhD, RN, CGRN, chief nursing executive and administrator for clinical services, Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. “Through partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, we have the opportunity to help fund scholarships for student nurses as they become part of the magic of nursing.”
Current predictions by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicate that South Carolina is expected to experience more than 12,000 nursing position vacancies by 2020. The shortage predicted for South Carolina corresponds with national projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that estimate more than 1 million new and replacement nurses will be needed to meet U.S. population demands by 2016.
“The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is committed to supporting the recruitment and retention of our nursing workforce at both regional and national levels,” says Andrea Higham, director of the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. “Partnering with local nursing organizations to host the Promise of Nursing galas help extend our reach, and our collaboration will ensure that nurses and student nurses across the country continue to receive the resources and funding they need.”
About the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future
The Promise of Nursing for South Carolina gala is part of a public‐awareness campaign – The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future – launched by Johnson & Johnson in February 2002. The Campaign is designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession, recruit new nurses and nurse faculty, as well as help retain nurses currently in the profession. Working in cooperation with various professional nursing organizations, schools, hospitals and other healthcare groups and providers, the Campaign for Nursing’s Future focuses on promoting opportunities within nursing as well as increasing awareness of the value of the nursing profession to our overall society and healthcare community.
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.