Lutz Foundation Awards Grant to USC Union’s Nursing Program

Due to a partnership with USC Aiken’s School of Nursing program, USC Union was able to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Union. In the fall of 2019, the campus welcomed their first cohort of pre-nursing students. The pre-nursing students complete prerequisite general education courses at USC Union, and then only 16 nursing students are accepted during each admission cycle in to the School of Nursing. 

The nursing students study in USC Union’s state of the art simulation and skills labs that are complete with low and high fidelity mannequins for a real world simulation. This spring semester, the *Lutz Foundation awarded a grant to USC Union’s nursing program to purchase a maternity simulator. The Lutz Foundation (501-C3) was established in 1995 with the purpose of endowing a foundation that would help to fund many community needs. With their help, USC Union was able to purchase a Noelle Childbirth Patient simulator. This educational mannequin is a simulation-based training solution that offers labor and delivery simulation to allow nursing students to experience various scenarios. 

“Grants such as the one provided to USC Union by the Lutz Foundation helps the School of Nursing place emphasis on the recruitment and training of registered nursing students. These students are from under-served communities and the goal is retaining those nurses within our rural and underserved areas. Targeting Union, Chester and Laurens counties specifically,” USC Union’s Nurse Administrator, Lynn Edwards, RN MSN, said.

USC Aiken’s nursing program is approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCCNE). For more information about USC Union’s nursing program, please contact Lynn Edwards at edwar342@mailbox.sc.edu  

*Source: www.lutzfoundation.org

*Image provided by Gaumard Simulators for Health Care Education

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