Dean's Message

Is Nursing Your Calling?

Do you have a desire to care for others or feel that you have a calling to nursing? Nursing is a profession founded on the values of caring, compassion and service to others. Lander's nursing program began 57 years ago with the first Associate Degree Nursing program in South Carolina. In the 1980s, the department transitioned to a Baccalaureate Nursing program that is unique by providing students three full years of nursing education in both the classroom and clinical practice settings. The program provides two options in nursing education, the prelicensure option for students desiring to become a nurse and the RN-BSN online option for Registered Nurses with Associate Degrees who return to school to complete the requirements for the BSN. Lander's nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and takes pride in the NCLEX pass rates of its graduates. In January 2014 a Master of Science in Nursing- Clinical Nurse Leader program was launched. The MSN program was the first CNL track offered in SC and is preparing nursing leaders to improve the outcomes of patients/clients in various healthcare settings and to assume essential leadership roles in healthcare in the 21st century

The Mission Statement of the School of Nursing:

Lander University School of Nursing is committed to preparing individuals to provide holistic nursing care in a variety of settings to diverse clients across the lifespan. The purpose of the baccalaureate program is to prepare graduates in professional nursing roles of care provider, leader, consumer of research, applicant for advanced study, and contributing member of the nursing profession. The purpose of the graduate program is to prepare clinical nurse leaders to address the healthcare needs of the 21st century by implementing outcome-based practice through management of care systems, quality improvement strategies, utilization of technology, and advanced clinical reasoning.

The members of the faculty in the School of Nursing have a variety of specialties, certifications, and clinical experiences which enhance the education of students in both the classroom and clinical settings. The nursing faculty includes individuals with certifications/specialties in family nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nursing community/public health nursing, diabetic education, medical/surgical nursing and advanced preparation in genetics.

Students enjoy the feeling of "family" in the School of Nursing, the small class sizes, faculty advisors and instructors who genuinely care about their success, and clinical experiences in simulation laboratories and in a variety of practice settings in the greater Greenwood area.

As you navigate our website, I hope you will find information that is helpful. If learning the art and science of nursing is what you desire, consider our program at Lander!


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