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Continuing Education Programs

    Adventures in Nursing

    Nursing ranked as the Most Trusted Profession for the 21st year in a row! 

    Nursing is both an art and a science; a heart and a mind.  At the heart of nursing lies a fundamental respect for human dignity, honesty, compassion, and an intuition for a patient’s needs. The heart is supported by the mind, in the form of core learning, complex skills and critical thinking. 

    Nurses from the College of Nursing will help you develop the skills necessary to provide high quality patient‐centered health care, gain insight into the careers available within nursing, and gain hands-on-experience with the kinds of challenges nurses face daily.  

    You will train in our state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning (SAEL), discovering techniques nurses use with their patients.  You will also practice nursing skills such as hand hygiene, sterile technique, intravenous (IV) medications, injections, vital signs, assessments, practice using a stethoscope and other medical equipment, and many more real-life procedures.  You will also tour a local hospital and see nurses at work! 

    Today’s nurses are the glue that holds a patient’s health care journey together. From the beginning to the end of life, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work as part of the health care team to identify, protect, and advocate for the needs of others

    Program Dates and Audience

    • June 23-28, 2024
    • Rising 9-12 grade students

    Program Fees

    Choose from:

    • Commuting Scholar - $665
    • Commuting Scholar Plus Evening - $750
    • Residential Scholar - $1150

    $25 Class Fee

    Meet Your Instructors


    Karen Worthy, PhD, MPH, CNE, RN

    Dr. Karen Worthy is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing. Dr. Worthy is a five-time graduate of the University of South Carolina including a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a focus on leadership and policy, Master of Science in Nursing, Master in Public Health Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Associate of Science in Nursing.  Dr. Worthy also received a Certificate of Graduate Study in Higher Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina. She has a 24-year history in professional nursing and has been a nurse educator for 17 years teaching in ADN, BSN, RN to BSN, Graduate, and Doctoral programs. Her research interests include simulation methodologies, social determinates of health, and DEI initiatives. She is the primary investigator for two grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) totaling $1.8 million to increase the number of underrepresented, minoritized, diverse nursing graduates in South Carolina.  She has written chapters in clinical references focused on clinical judgement, conceptual based learning, and simulation education. Dr. Worthy is a Certified Nurse Educator and Amy V. Cockcroft Fellow. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing Alpha Xi Chapter President, Midlands of South Carolina Black Nurses Association Bylaws Committee, South Carolina Advisory Committee on Nursing Education as a BSN Educator, South Carolina League of Nurses, and the National League of Nurses.  Her awards include USC College of Nursing Outstanding Equity and Justice Advocacy, USC Clinical Practice Teaching, USC College of Nursing Community Engagement for two years, South Carolina Palmetto Gold, and Sigma Alpha Xi Esther E. Starkey Excellence in Nursing Education.  Dr. Worthy is active in her community and serves on numerous community health committees and board of directors.


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