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Education

If nurses are to be as effective as possible in helping to provide high-quality patient care in South Carolina, they must be better prepared as care becomes more complex and moves into the community.

Progress

Our goal is to increase the number of nurses with higher degrees to ensure they are prepared and ready to provide 21st century care.  Currently, there are not enough nurses in South Carolina prepared at the baccalaureate or higher level. The South Carolina Action Coalition will work to increase the number of registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing (BSN) or higher in order to reach our goal of a nursing workforce with at least 50 percent prepared at the BSN or higher level by 2020. To that end, we are looking at ways to help nurses progress seamlessly from associate to master’s degrees in nursing.  
 

Leadership

Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy leadership.  Yet, at the moment nurses are underrepresented as leaders in all industries, South Carolina and across the country.

Progress

We are working on three major leadership initiatives:  1) working with the leaders of nursing organizations in the state to create leadership development and mentoring programs that provide opportunities to lead for all nurse leaders;  2)collaborating with the nursing program deans and directors to ensure leadership theories and expected outcomes are embedded in the curriculum throughout the learning continuum; 3)developing a research team of nurse leaders from academic and practice organizations to examine, assess, and determine the current leadership styles nurse leaders are using in their organizations, and then applying the findings to develop an education and implementation plan that addresses improving leadership competencies.

Practice

Laws and regulations in South Carolina can hamper access to care provided by advanced practice registered nurses. This is troubling given our rising need for primary care services.  Often nurses in the practice setting and school nurses are not allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Progress

The South Carolina Action Coalition is supporting and working with the South Carolina Board of Nursing, which is charged with defining the state’s current legal and regulatory environment for advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) scope of practice.  Building on this work, and involving other key stakeholders throughout the state, we will create a detailed strategic plan to remove scope-of-practice barriers.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, as well as across all health care settings.

Progress

The South Carolina One Voice One Plan Action Coalition is building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including universities and other health providers, to support and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education, leadership, and practice. One such program is the Cockcroft Leadership Program at the University of South Carolina, which will implement an interprofessional curriculum for executive leaders in health care across academia and practice.

Diversity

South Carolina’s population is diverse and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.

Progress

The South Carolina One Voice One Plan Action Coalition will continue to work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population. In addition, we are looking to other successful programs as models for implementation.

Data

The need exists to strengthen the infrastructure for the collection and analysis for inter-professional health care workforce data. In addition, effective data management is critical to supporting all other South Carolina Action Coalition activities.

Progress

To collect and analyze interprofessional health care workforce data, we are partnering with the South Carolina Center for Nursing Workforce. This partnership will allow us to successfully address data management. The Workforce Center assists the Coalition in conducting and distributing surveys, analyzing data, creating reports, and housing data. Having all Action Coalition data handled and housed in one place has helped to streamline activities and increase efficiency.

 

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Peggy O. Hewlett, Director of the South Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership, the University of South Carolina College of Nursing

Jimmy Walker,  Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Workforce, South Carolina Hospital Association

Susan H. Outen, Associate Director, Staffing Services, South Carolina Hospital Association

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