Bobbie Jean Perdue hired as new director of nursing at SC State

Friday, August 11, 2006

Orangeburg SC-SC State recently hired Dr. Bobbie Jean Perdue as the new director of the Department of Nursing in the College of Applied Professional Sciences. Dr. Perdue received her bachelors of Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University and her masters in Nursing from Wayne State University. She holds a PhD from New York University in Theory Development and Nursing Research and has also completed a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. “Dr. Perdue brings to SC State experience, knowledge and passion for the discipline of nursing and nursing students,” said Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle, vice president for Academic Affairs. “There is both a regional and national shortage of nurses. I am confident that Dr. Perdue's leadership will help us build a strong nursing program that will yield many benefits to our faculty and students. Moreover, it is my hope that her leadership will position SC State as a major supplier of minority nurses in the state of South Carolina,” Rolle added.

Perdue spent most of her professional career as a professor/administrator at Rutgers and Syracuse University. Prior to being hired as the director of the nursing department at SC State, Perdue served as professor and director of program assessment in the department of nursing at Fayetteville State University. “I am excited about the potential that SC State has to become a major player in the preparation of baccalaureate nurses who can meet the pressing health needs of the citizens of this state and who are trained in nursing strategies to eliminate health disparities ” said Perdue. She brings to the University a wealth of experience in research, having served as principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several research and training funded activities. Her latest clinical research projects focused on pilot testing a ‘nursing intervention for low income African-Americans with type II diabetes’ and developing a ‘community based approach to reduction of prostate cancer.’

“I’m a proponent of evidenced based, culturally competent research projects that make a difference in the quality of life for people in general and poor and minorities clients, in particular, since they are among the most vulnerable in our society.” stated Perdue. Throughout her career, Perdue has received numerous awards to include: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Spirit of Nursing Role Model Award and Educator of the Year Award by the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Perdue is a published author and co-author of several policy and research focused journal articles such as Strategies for Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Minority Nurses in Colleges of Nursing as well as The Influence of Maternal, Psychosocial Adjustment to Chronic Illness and Children’s Reports of Mothering Behaviors on School Aged Children’s Self-Perceived Competence. She is also the co-author of two books on Chronic Illness and Parenting, respectively.

Perdue said her greatest joy is helping students succeed in nursing. As the recipient of several HRSA grants to recruit, retain and graduate minority and low-income students in nursing, Perdue expects to spend her first year getting the message out that the program of Nursing wants to become the leading student centered, outcome driven academic program on campus. Over the summer the program of nursing offered an intensive NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) preparation course to its six graduating seniors. The course was taught by Professor Patricia Speaks and coordinated by Dr. Deidre Reese. Perdue says that one expected outcome of the partnership between the faculty and graduating seniors is the opportunity for a respectable NCLEX pass rate that exceeds 80 percent.

Another indicator that the program of nursing 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 is that the program admitted 54 sophomores to the nursing major this fall. The program has plans to admit 75 nursing majors to the program in the fall of 2007. According to Perdue, the nursing faculty, students, alumni and community stakeholders are working together to bring success to SC State nursing students. “It feels good to be working at this level of collegiality and I expect great things to happen for nursing at SC State”, said Perdue. For more information about the Nursing program, please contact Dr. Bobbie Perdue at (803) 536-8605.