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MUSC nurses, students voice state’s nursing needs

During the week of Feb. 22, South Carolina registered nurses, student nurses and educators from MUSC College of Nursing and nursing schools throughout the Palmetto state attended the Second Annual One Voice One Plan Legislative Event held Feb. 22.

The event focused on raising awareness of the Critical Needs Nursing Initiative (CNNI) to members of the South Carolina General Assembly. The One Voice One Plan and Critical Needs Nursing Initiative was established in 2006 when nursing leaders throughout South Carolina held a summit to address the lack of nursing faculty and its impact on the state’s nursing shortage. In 2007, the General Assembly enacted the CNNI Act that established the infrastructure to expand the number of new nursing graduates with five priorities: increase faculty salaries; increase the number of full-time faculty; provide scholarships and loans for nurses interested in becoming faculty; establish an Office of Healthcare Workforce Research; and develop new ways to teach nurses via simulation education.

State Representative Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, joins MUSC’s Dr. Marilyn Schaffner and June Darby at the One Voice One Plan legislative event on Feb. 26 luncheon (Not pictured was Carol McDougall, R.N., a College of Nursing instructor).

This venue provided a unique opportunity for S.C. House and Senate members to meet and hear from nurses in their role as constituent, student, or educator. Marilyn Schaffner, Ph.D., R.N., MUSC hospital chief nursing officer and administrator for Clinical Services, and June Darby, R.N., administrator for MUHA’s Neuroscience Service Line and incoming president for the South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, attended the event. Nancy Duffy, DNP, R.N., director of undergraduate programs and associate director of simulation for the College of Nursing, attended with a group of student nurses. This event emphasized the importance of grassroots outreach and the impact these efforts can have on the legislative process. It was an opportunity for MUSC nurses and nursing students to emphasize the importance of implementing strategic long term solutions through additional funding of CNNI strategies.

Friday, March 12, 2010

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