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The Office of Practice Innovation, Partnerships and Policy guides the development of community partnerships to create opportunities for faculty to practice through the roles of clinician, educator, researcher, consultant, and administrator. The College of Nursing has cultivated interprofessional academic and practice-based partnerships that provide faculty opportunities to serve as model teaching sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing students

Practice Benefits for Faculty and Students 

The Office of Practice is responsible for achieving specific goals of the College of Nursing and seeks to expand interprofessional and collaborative opportunities for faculty and students and utilize faculty practice as a model for changes in health care policy for federal, state, and local regulatory bodies, statutes, and agencies.  We do this through a variety of partnerships, some which are care-delivery focused and others that are educationally focused.

The College of Nursing has cultivated interprofessional academic and practice-based partnerships that provide faculty practice opportunities to serve as model teaching sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Our educational partnerships focus on preparing students and clinicians to care for those in inpatient settings and primary care clinics as well as disadvantaged populations including those in rural and underserved areas.

Our clinical practice and partnerships seek to improve the health and welfare of people and exists to foster faculty practice and the clinical education of nursing students. Practicing while teaching allows faculty to stay current and provide real word experience to students. 

Partnerships and Practice Sites

Faculty practice sites include hospital systems, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), private practice, government agencies, and faith-based  community agencies

Meet the Practice Experts

Dr. Cox currently practices at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and USC’s Center for Health and Well Being.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bernheisel has clinical experience working as a Nurse Practitioner with vulnerable patients, including work with homeless and migrant populations both in clinic and shelter settings. She also has clinical experience in Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine.

From 2010 to 2017, practiced part-time at the USC Immunology Center under the Ryan White grant, working with patients who are HIV-positive.

Dr. Cox has practiced practiced in numerous setting including private practice, homeless clinic, long-term care in both urban and rural areas.

  • RN: Cardiac, Cardiac-Thoracic Stepdown Unit
  • APRN: Family Practice, Dermatology, Gerontology
  • The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties- Faculty Institute Committee
  • RN: ER, Hospice, Orthopedics, Neurology
  • APRN: Family Practice, Urgent Care, Disability and Special Needs Adults, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • The Free Medical Clinic, Family Nurse Practitioner (2019 – present)
  • Palmetto Health USC Medical Group, Midlands Internal Medicine, Family Nurse Practitioner (2016 – 2019)
  • Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Emergency Department (2013-2015)
  • Palmetto Health Richland, Nursing Education (2010-2013)
  • Providence Hospital / Providence Heart Institute (1988-2010)

Dr. Inman is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Mental Health Specialist and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She has been actively engaged in clinical practice in Developmental/Behavioral pediatrics and school based mental health. 

Professor Miles currently practices one day a week on Wednesday as for the Cooperative at Hopkin’s Pediatrics and Family Practice. Past clinical experience includes labor and delivery, med/surg, occupational health, and post anesthesia care.

Dr. Pate has practiced in various health care organizations including Piedmont Medical Center, The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Riverview Medical Center Urgent Care, New Hope Treatment Center, Agape Hospice, and various commercial health insurance companies. 

Dr. Raynor's nursing practice roles have been centered on direct patient care, education, administration, policy, advocacy, and now as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner.  

Assistant Professor

Dr. Selph is a board certified adult nurse practitioner. She currently practices at the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, SC and serves adult, uninsured low-income patients. As an RN, Dr. Selph worked in the Emergency Department. 

  • Allendale Hospital System: Geriatrics, acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Internal Medicine Associates, Lexington Medical Center: Geriatrics, acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Cardiac Telemetry Registered Nurse

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