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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Joynelle Rivers, EdD, MSN, RNC

Title: Director, RN-BSN Program
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-2806
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 525 
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States

Joy Rivers


Dr. Rivers’ educational background includes a Doctorate in Education from the University of South Carolina in May 2012. 
Her major area of focus for this degree was in Curriculum and Instruction. She completed her Masters in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina with a focus in Nursing Education in May 2007.   Her BSN is from the University of South Carolina in May 2003. In addition, Dr. Rivers holds the following certification: NCC Certification-Maternal/Newborn Nursing.


Nursing Education

Dr. Rivers is passionate about education and the facilitation of curriculum/instruction to the current generational student. Her dissertation research focused on the evaluation of simulation as a useful tool in nursing education and outcomes in clinical evaluation. She plans to continue work in this area while exploring new avenues in nursing education and instruction.


Course Instructor: Nursing 212-Evolution of Nursing Science-Fall 2009-present

Course Instructor: Nursing 226-Socio-Cultural Variations in Healthcare-Spring 2012-present

Clinical Instructor: Nursing 424-Maternal/ Child Nursing-Fall/Spring 2007-Fall 2011


Presentations & Publications

Rivers, J. L. (2012). Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit: Mind and Body. Stress.Richland County Public Library on March 20, 2012.    

Rivers, J. L. (2011). A Call to Leadership Action: Leading Change and Advancing Health in South Carolina. Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Summit. SC Hospital Association, March 26, 2011.

Hickey, P. & Rivers, J. (2010). Innovative Learning Fostered Through Wiki Development. Oktoberbest: A Celebration of Teaching Excellence. University of South Carolina, October, 1, 2010.

Rivers, J. L. (2010). Holiday Blues. The Health and Wellness Connection: Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Church Health Commission Newsletter, 1(3).

Professional Service

  • 2008-present--National League for Nursing Member
  • 2009-present--American Nurses Association
  • 2002-2003--Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Member
  • 2010-present--Beta Sponsor, elected 2010
  • 2011-present--International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Member
  • 2012-present--Sigma Theta Tau International Member

Professional Practice

  • 2007-2010--Midlands Technical College Adjunct Faculty, OB Clinical Rotation
  • 2004-2012--Palmetto Health Richland OB/GYN Staff Nurse, Women’s Services

Research Studies (Selected)

NCSBN National Multi-Site Simulation Study. Explores the role and outcomes of simulation in pre-licensure clinical nursing education. 2010.