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Take Nursing Higher

The Take Nursing Higher Campaign is a movement to raise $1 million for scholarships for students in the MUSC College of Nursing. The campaign is a direct response to a growing shortage of nurses, which will have an impact that will be felt at the bedside of every patient in South Carolina – unless we act now.

What shortage?

By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or over. Of those, 80 percent will have at least one chronic health problem. Demand for nursing care will be at an all-time high.

Unfortunately, the American health care system is unprepared to meet this demand. Due to the aging of the nursing workforce and a bottleneck in the nursing education system, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortage of more than 1 million nurses by 2022.  In South Carolina, the shortage will reach at least 6,400 nurses by 2028.

What we’re doing about it

The Take Nursing Higher Campaign will raise $1 million to for nursing scholarships. We will use these funds to:

  1. Reduce cost as a barrier to a career in nursing.
  2. Encourage enrollment among minorities and veterans, both of whom are underrepresented in the nursing work force.
  3. Set aside scholarships for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching, thus increasing “bandwidth” in the nursing pipeline. 

How you can help

Make a gift online today. Regardless of which scholarship you select, all gifts will count toward the campaign total. And all will have a profoundly meaningful impact on the lives of our students and the people they one day will serve.

Give today