Lander receives donation from Self Regional Healthcare to establish nursing scholarship program | News

Lander University and Self Regional Healthcare recently announced a new nursing scholarship program at the University, established through a transformational healthcare provider gift that will energize Lander’s nursing program and will help meet the country’s growing need for highly qualified nurses.

The Regional Autonomous Scholarship Program will provide substantial scholarships each year to 15 of Lander’s top performing junior-level nursing students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, community involvement, and career potential, among other characteristics. As part of the donation, Self Regional Healthcare’s name will also be proudly displayed alongside Lander on the University’s future state-of-the-art nursing facility and recently opened nursing simulation center.

“This is monumental for our institution, our students, and our community,” Lander University President Richard Cosentino said. “Lander University and Self Regional Healthcare have an enduring partnership in healthcare and nursing education, and this donation reaffirms our shared commitment to providing our region with quality healthcare and healthcare professionals. “

Dr. Matt Logan, President and CEO of SRH, said, “We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with Lander University to support the nursing program there. This funding from Self Regional will further strengthen an already strong nursing program. It is essential to the health and well-being of our community that in the decades to come we have a reliable source of well-trained, high-quality nursing talent right here in the Lakelands, and we are so grateful to partners like Lander University who are working hard to see that this need is met.”

Meeting a critical health care need

The giveaway comes at a time when the healthcare industry is facing an unprecedented shortage of qualified nurses with a bachelor’s degree. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a number of factors – including nurses approaching retirement age, changing patient demographics and increased stress leading to burnout professional – contribute to this national shortage, which is expected to affect the southern United States. and the most difficult western regions until 2030.

Closer to home, a 2017 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration ranked South Carolina fourth in the nation for states expected to experience a nursing shortage. over the next decade. This trend has only been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Autonomous Regional Fellowship Program aims to fill this gap by creating a strong pool of qualified nursing graduates for community and regional hospitals and health care facilities. Using a holistic application process, the Self Regional Scholars Grants Selection Committee will choose 15 senior-level junior nursing majors each year to receive the $10,000 award, with preference given to students from counties of Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda. (GLEAMNES).

The one-year scholarship is for juniors; and as seniors, Self’s regional fellows would automatically be accepted into Self’s already established and highly successful external program.

“Self’s Regional Fellowship Program further expands Lander’s academic-practice partnership with Self Regional Healthcare and provides Self with an additional year of exposure to our best and brightest nursing students,” said Dr. Holisa Wharton, dean of the William Preston Turner School of Lander. Feeding with milk. “The program will also help Lander expand its efforts to recruit and support diverse students in the GLEAMNS area, in hopes that they will begin their careers as baccalaureate nurses in our local communities.”

This new scholarship program also follows a revamped vision and mission for the School of Nursing, which includes “several bold and transformative innovations designed to improve nursing education, promote synergy between public health and nurses hospitals and increase the public health workforce. Wharton added. “Our graduates will use clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills as competent, flexible and transformative professionals to meet the complex healthcare needs of the 21st century. »

Bring greater visibility to a long-standing partnership

Self Regional Healthcare’s donation also secures exclusive naming rights for Lander’s recently announced future nursing building, as well as the university’s new Nursing Skills Simulation Center (NSSC), formerly known as building name of the American Legion.

The NSSC opened earlier this semester and contains four teaching-learning labs that can accommodate 80 students per session. Additionally, NSSC has three practice labs that students can use for group practice sessions or for clinical skills remediation. Bedside computers will allow for video instruction, simulated virtual encounters with patients, and simulations of electronic health records, and Wharton said the goal is to bring additional technologies online soon, such as augmented reality and virtual reality training.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new simulation lab is being planned, along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the future nursing care building, which will be constructed with funding provided by the South Carolina General Assembly. These dates will soon be shared with the community.

“Our state legislators believe in the importance of quality education and quality health care. Lander University and Self Regional Healthcare are trusted and respected leaders in these areas,” said Don Scott, Lander University Board Chair. “Having the Self Regional name on our state-of-the-art nursing education facilities is a highly visible symbol of our longstanding alliance and commitment to serving the diverse needs of our local communities. .

As Lander University prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding, “we are also celebrating the partnerships we have forged along the way with organizations such as Self Regional,” said Lander’s vice president for l University Advancement, Mike Worley. “This partnership further strengthens Lander’s flagship nursing program, enabling Lander to train and Self Regional to recruit more quality nurses for our region.”

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