South Carolina Electric & Gas will present Charleston Southern University with a gift of $100,000 in support of equipment and technology for use in the Universitys College of Nursing.
With the gift, Charleston Southern announced the naming of the SCE&G Classroom in the expansion of the universitys nursing building. The SCE&G gift also will help purchase two defibrillators, video conferencing equipment and the Susie S2000, a state-of-the-art wireless simulator used to test nursing student's skills by simulating a real patient with breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, dilating pupils, seizure capability and simulated blood in specific areas.
"With the nation facing a critical nursing shortage, we are proud to partner with Charleston Southern to help with the training needed to prepare our future workforce, said Danny Kassis, SCE&G vice president of customer relations and renewables. SCE&G believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and education is just one key focus area of our efforts to support communities across the state.
Approximately 92 percent of Charleston Southerns nursing graduates remain in the Lowcountry to serve the needs of the community. The Charleston Southern College of Nursing tripled enrollment to allow graduates to meet the growing needs within the region and state for more graduates with a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
BSN prepared nurses possess greater knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention and risk reduction as well as illness and disease management and are prepared to assist individual groups and communities to prevent disease and achieve optimum levels of wellness," said Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the CSU College of Nursing. "A BSN degree is necessary for professional certification in specialty areas of nursing practice and leads to an expanded role as a provider, designer, manager and coordinator of patient care. It also provides the foundation for graduate and doctoral education.
The Charleston Southern BSN degree program has a 95 percent seven-year average pass rate on the national exam required to receive a license to practice (NCLEX). Charleston Southern has the highest seven-year pass rate of all accredited BSN programs in the state of South Carolina.
SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 675,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 325,000 customers throughout the state, and is committed to supporting local communities through efforts to protect the environment, strengthen educational resources and encourage business and community development.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern is one of South Carolinas largest accredited independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the universitys vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.