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A Critical Need

The demand for professional nurses is now even more urgent because of the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Addressing a critical need for nurses in the age of COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported a shortage of nearly six million nurses worldwide. The demand for professional nurses is now even more urgent because of the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has impacted the MUSC College of Nursing, our students, and our ability to meet the country’s demand for more nurses in two ways:

  • It has created financial hardships for many nursing students. We must take the necessary steps to help ease this burden so that our students can graduate on time without incurring additional debt.
  • It has highlighted the importance of being able to prepare nurses when face-to-face instruction and training are not possible. We must develop resources and implement strategies for student training and skill development so that they can effectively care for patients during pandemic crisis situations. 

The MUSC College of Nursing must continue to act to address these unprecedented pandemic challenges if we are to offset predicted shortages of nurses.  But we cannot do it alone. We need your help.  

Our immediate priorities

The need for additional scholarship support is critical. Many of our students have experienced significant financial hardships, as have some of our larger, longtime scholarship supporters. Our goal is to raise $150,000 in new scholarship funds by December 2020, so that we can make up for the anticipated shortfall in support and help our students graduate on time without incurring additional debt. You may make a gift to any of our current scholarship funds, or, if you prefer, you may create a new scholarship in your name or that of a loved one.

Many of our students are not able to experience direct patient care experiences, as many of our clinical sites are not available during the pandemic. Simulation allows them to gain the clinical skills and competencies needed to care for patients, even during times when onsite training and face-to-face patient-care learning experiences are not possible.

When the COVID-19 virus first emerged, several vendors provided free and heavily discounted trials of their technologies, software and services, allowing us to quickly shift our students into a simulated learning environment. However, these trials have expired, and we now must find new funding to keep these online and simulation capabilities in place. Gifts to the College of Nursing COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will help us do this, without passing the full cost along to our students.


Though MUSC is a state-assisted institution, the state provides only 3% of its annual operating revenues. This is why the College of Nursing depends on the generosity of people like you to maintain its excellence as a leader in nursing education for our state and nation.

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