Nursing Summer Bridge I Program

Through funding provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative just completed its 3rd annual Nursing Summer Bridge I Program.  Summer Bridge I was a 6-week, non-residential program that assisted students in making the transition from high school to the more challenging environment of higher education.

The program provided a preview of the college experience and helped students build the academic skills necessary to be successful at USC Salkehatchie.  Students participated in introductory Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and math sessions which will be a beneficial head start for the upcoming Fall semester.  Students who completed the program also received 3 hours of college credit toward their degree through USC Salkehatchie’s University 101 class.

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Nursing Summer Bridge II Program

The 3rd annual Nursing Summer Bridge II Program concluded on Aug. 15, 2013.  Summer Bridge II is a 6-week program focused on helping 16 rising upper division nursing students transition from lower division to upper division coursework.  CPR certification was provided and the program concentrated on topics such as stress management, math for nurses, pathophysiology, study and test-taking skills, critical thinking, effective communication and teamwork, phlebotomy, wound care, and much more.  Students had an opportunity to travel to the Clinical Simulation Lab at the USC College of Nursing and participate in simulated scenarios as well as tour the campus.  Guest speakers shared real-life experiences and provided students with guidance and a glance into their field of nursing.  Evaluations completed at the conclusion of the program revealed that students felt much more prepared to move into upper division and the next chapter of their educational journey to join the nursing profession and contribute to our local community.

Previous Summer Bridge II programs have positively impacted the success rates of students during upper division.  A retention rate of 100% has been successfully achieved since the inception of this program in 2011.  All of the May 2013 USC College of Nursing/USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Partnership graduates, the 1st class to participate in this intense summer program, passed the NCLEX-RN (state licensing examination) on the 1st attempt.  This is the 1st time this has been accomplished in the history of the program and we are so proud and excited for these hard-working students, now nursing professionals caring for those within our community.

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