TRMC gives SC State $150,000 for nursing scholarships, training

Thursday, August 02, 2007

TRMC Scholars of DistinctionORANGEBURG – The Program of Nursing at SC State has received $150,000 from The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties (TRMC) to offer scholarships and training opportunities for student-nurses.

Fifteen nursing students have been named inaugural TRMC Scholars of Distinction, receiving scholarships to continue their education and training. The 2007 scholars include: Harold Alexander, RN, a senior from Winnsboro, S.C.; Shania Broughton, a junior from Huger, S.C.; Candyce Brown, a sophomore from Chesapeake, Va.; Amber Clark, a sophomore from Cottageville, S.C.; Teala Golson, a sophomore from Orangeburg, S.C.; Sedeia Hanesworth, a sophomore from Charleston, S.C.; Stephanie Hickerson-Jones, a senior from Columbia, S.C.; Kelly Lomack, a junior from Sumter, S.C.; Kenyetta Middleton, a sophomore from Walterboro, S.C.; Tonia Polite, a sophomore from Orangeburg, S.C.; Keyonna Porter, a sophomore from North Charleston, S.C.; Carrie Scrivner, a senior from Cordova, S.C.; Celeste Singletary, a sophomore from North Charleston, S.C.; Veronica Stevenson, a senior from Orangeburg, S.C.; and LaShawna Tukes, a senior from Columbia, S.C. Each of the students maintains a 3.50 grade point average and above.

“We have doubled and tripled our enrollment, and we are developing newer and better ways to seek placement for experiences, including this partnership with The Regional Medical Center,” said Dr. Bobbie Perdue, nursing program director.

The TRMC gift is further validation of the achievements of an academic program on an upward rebound, and an indicator that the nursing program is serious about partnering with students and the community to produce sufficient numbers of nurses to eliminate the nurse shortage and reverse the health disparities pattern in the State of South Carolina and across the nation.

Within the past year, the nursing program has achieved many milestones toward reaching that goal. The program has seen the pass rate for graduating seniors administered the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) reach 80 percent, and it has sought and received full approval from the state board of nursing.

“These quality indicators say that we are a quality program,” said Perdue. “And, it alerts constituents – potential students and healthcare providers such as The Regional Medical Center – to our abilities, accomplishments and potential.”

For additional information on the nursing program, please contact Dr. Bobbie Perdue at (803) 536-8605 or via email at bperdue@scsu.edu.