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2021: A Year Recap

As we look ahead to a new year with optimism and resolve, here's a recap of some of the most impactful College of Nursing stories of 2021, chronicling excellence and innovation in teaching, research, practice, and as we serve our state, the nation, and the world. Thank you to our supporters for helping the Gamecock Nursing Nation grow to new heights- your role in our accomplishments is critical. We look forward to your continued engagement as we embrace 2022!

Jeannette O. Andrews, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Dean and Helen Gurley Wolford Professor of Nursing 


  • The college was awarded the prestigious distinction as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence
  • The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs granted the college’s Clinical Simulation Center accreditation in Teaching/Education
  • BSN, MSN and DNP programs were accredited for another 10 years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

students working on covid vaccines

COVID & Community Health 

  • BSN students and faculty volunteered 6,872 hours at Midlands COVID sites (Jan '21-Dec '21)
  • BSN students and faculty administered 432 flu vaccines (Fall '21 semester)
  • The college received national recognition from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for COVID mitigation efforts

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  • Online graduate programs ranked #1 nationally 
  • Online graduate programs ranked #1 nationally for veterans
  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner program ranked #14 nationally
  • Online Nursing Administration program ranked #14 nationally
  • BSN program ranked in the top 6% in the country 

students in sim lab

Advancing Simulation Education

  • Received university “center status” recognition and revised Simulation Lab name to Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning (SAEL)
  • Crystal Murillo's SHiNE Grant continues the vital training of 57 nurse educators on the integration of social determinants of health with simulation education
  • The College added two high fidelity manikins of color in our Simulation Center, now a total of 11 high fidelity manikins
  • All college faculty leading simulations are trained, either by NLN and/or Harvard Center for Medical Simulation

Student Excellence 

  • 2021 graduation numbers: 238: BSN |161: MSN, DNP, PhD 
  • In partnership with Prisma Health, the READI 2 Work initiative created a new ‘pipeline to work’ for upper division nursing students
  • CON Creators launched- creating a student story telling scholarship
  • BSN students enjoyed summer externships at hospitals across the country: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC | The Medical University of South Carolina, SC | The Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, and many others
  • BSN program remained in the top 1% in the country for NCLEX pass rates
  • AGACNP and FNP programs had 100% first time pass rates

Faculty Soar to New Heights

  • Four new faculty members were hired
  • 25 faculty grants were awarded totaling $4.2 million (annual expenditures)
  • Dr. Joy Deupree was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Dr. Kathy Bradshaw was named as a NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow
  • Dr Robin Dail was appointed to the NIH Interdisciplinary Clinical Care in Specialty Care Settings
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College Support 

  • Give 4 Garnet raised $44,778 from 169 gifts for student scholarships 
  • The College of Nursing awarded over $615,000 scholarships to students
  • 65 Dean's Circle Members
  • The College received funding for two new Endowed Professorships

students at graduation

Commitment to Diversity 

  • BSN program implemented holistic admissions principles for upper division applications
  • The college participated in a state-wide Collaborative DEI Panel with fellow nursing institutions 
  • PhD program implemented DEI efforts in curriculum
  • Dr. Coretta Jenerette secured funding to develop a state-wide DEI Academy for underrepresented, minoritized, and disadvantaged background pre-licensure nursing students and a DEI Conference

Alumni Recognition

Program Milestones 

  • First cohort of MEPN graduate students began 
  • The Nursing Education program was approved by the university and CCHE
  • First cohort of the Nursing SmartStart program graduated in May '21
  • Adopted holistic admission processes for all programs
  • Hosted national leaders at college events to include Dr. Sue Hassmiller (RWJ), Dr. April Kapu (President, AANP)
  • 16 Fellows graduated from the Amy V. Cockcroft Fellowship Program
  • Hosted two virtual study abroad exchanges with partnership schools in Germany and the Netherlands

faculty in the classroom

In the News 

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