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College of Nursing names Bissinger new associate dean

CHARLESTON, SC (May 9, 2012) - Robin L. Bissinger, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, associate professor, has been named associate dean for academics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing effective June 1. In this position, Dr. Bissinger will provide leadership in managing all facets of the academic nursing programs including faculty and student affairs, program coordination, and resource development and allocation.

In her previous position at the College of Nursing, Dr. Bissinger served as the director of graduate programs (a role she will continue to perform) and led the College’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and master’s degree programs. In addition to her academic duties, Dr. Bissinger also functioned as the manager for the neonatal nurse practitioner team at the University Hospital and dedicated her clinical work to support, educate, and advance the role of the neonatal nurse practitioner.

“Dr. Bissinger is an excellent addition to my leadership team as she bring exceptionally strong skills in clinical practice, national nursing leadership and expertise in quality care and patient safety. I anticipate continued academic growth and outstanding outcomes in the days to come,” says Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the MUSC College of Nursing.

First appointed to the College of Nursing faculty in 1994, Dr. Bissinger is board certified by the National Certification Corporation as a neonatal nurse practitioner. In addition, she is founder and past-chair of the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, past president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, past president and executive director of the Carolina’s Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, and liaison to the perinatal executive board for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, Dr. Bissinger is serving as president of the National Certification Corporation, and vice-chair of the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. She is an active member of the National Alliance and LACE groups who are moving the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) toward a consensus model.

Dr. Bissinger has earned two undergraduate degrees---a B.A. in biology and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Western Carolina University. In 1991, she received a certificate from the University Medical Center Jacksonville as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Dr. Bissinger continued with her studies and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from MUSC College of Nursing.

Dr. Bissinger is a national speaker and has numerous publications and poster presentations. She has received an abundance of awards, including the Distinguished Leadership in Neonatal Nursing Award and the South Carolina League of Nursing Excellence Award.

Dr. Bissinger's clinical and research interests involve the study of secondary surfactant dysfunction and deficiency in neonates. She is also very involved in process improvement in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is active in the South Carolina Neonatal Medical Consortium and has worked to help the state initiate and publish process improvement efforts on "The Golden Hour: A resuscitation strategy for very low birth weight infants.”

The associate dean position was previously held by Sally Stroud, EdD, APRN, BC who will retire May 31.

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.