The University of South Carolina Salkehatchie got a $100,000 grant BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation to establish the USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative Clinical Nursing Simulation Lab that will allow students to fulfill their educational requirements close to home.

The USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative partners with the University of South Carolina Columbia College of Nursing to provide students in the USC Salkehatchie service area access to the complete Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from USC. Students complete the first two years of core requirements at USC Salkehatchie and then apply to the upper division of the USC Columbia College of Nursing. Once admitted, they complete the degree locally at USC Salkehatchie by taking courses on the Salkehatchie Campus and completing clinicals at area health care providers in the USC Salkehatchie Region.

The simulation lab will give current and future health care professionals a conveniently located training facility without the burden and expense of extensive travel – and allows the USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative to continue its mission of “Growing our Own Nurses”.