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Flagship college of nursing awarded designated center of excellence

University of South Carolina College of Nursing was awarded the prestigious distinction as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the 2022-2026 term recognizing the college’s ability to create environments that promote the pedagogical expertise of faculty.  
The college was one of 16 awarded – the only college in South Carolina. This is their second designation for NLN Center of Excellence, which was led by Alicia Ribar, Associate Dean of Academics and Kathy Bradshaw, Professor and Executive Academic Strategist.  
In 2020, UofSC Nursing received its first NLN Center of Excellence designation for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development (2020-2024 term). 
Why it matters: The NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation is designed for schools of nursing and health care organizations that have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction, the program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, commitment, and sustainability of excellence these organizations convey.  
Of note: Exemplifying excellence in the College of Nursing, faculty soar to new heights moving into fall 2022. 

  • Crystal Murillo, the college’s Director, Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor, was recently accepted into their Academy of Nursing Education Fellows (ANEF) 2022 class.
    • Fellows are expected to provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the Academy, and to support the vision of the National League for Nursing. 
  • Rhonda Johnson, Assistant Professor, was inducted into The Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) March 2022.
    • FACNM is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership within ACNM, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession.
  • Robin Dail, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor was inducted into Sigma Nursing Honor Society of Nursing International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame July 2022. 
    • The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame honors Sigma members who have achieved significant and sustained national and/or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and people it serves. 
    • Dr. Dail's program of research aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in premature infants and is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and GE Healthcare, as well as other foundations, such as March of Dimes and the American Nurses Foundation. 
  • Robin Dawson, Associate Professor and Dr. Murillo were both inducted into the American Academy of Nursing 2022 Class of Fellows.
    • Through a competitive and rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee, which is comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, reviewed a record number of applications, representing a 30% increase from the previous year, ultimately selecting the 2022 Fellows based on their contributions to advance the public’s health. 

 Looking ahead: The faculty’s commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and practice is critical to the role the College of Nursing serves its state. There is a demand for a higher educated nursing workforce as health care systems evolve to a value-based care system with an increased focus on patient outcomes and population health. UofSC College of Nursing is a leader in preparing a safe, competent, and high-quality nursing workforce. 

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