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Continuing Education Programs

    Adventures in Nursing

    Nursing ranked as the Most Trusted Profession for the 20th year in a row!

    Nursing is both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. At the heart of nursing, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity, honesty, compassion, and an intuition for a patient’s needs. The heart is supported by the mind, in the form of core learning, complex skills and critical thinking.

    Nurses from the College of Nursing will help you develop the skills necessary to provide high quality patient‐centered health care, gain insight into the careers available within nursing, and gain hands-on-experience with the kinds of challenges nurses face daily.

    You will train in our state-of-the-art Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning (SAEL), discovering techniques nurses use with their patients. You will also practice nursing skills such as hand hygiene, sterile technique, intravenous (IV) medications, injections, vital signs, assessments, practice using a stethoscope and other medical equipment, and many more real-life procedures. You will also tour a local hospital and see nurses at work!

    Today’s nurses are the glue that holds a patient’s health care journey together. From the beginning to the end of life, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work as part of the health care team to identify, protect, and advocate for the needs of others.

    Program Dates and Audience

    • June 18-23, 2023
    • Rising 9-12 grade students

    Program Fees

    Choose from:

    • Commuting Scholar - $575
    • Commuting Scholar Plus Evening - $665
    • Residential Scholar - $975

    Meet Your Instructors


    Karen Worthy, PhD, MPH, CNE, RN

    Dr. Karen Worthy is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor. Dr. Worthy is a five-time graduate of the University of South Carolina including a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a focus on leadership and policy, Master of Science in Nursing, Master in Public Health Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Associate of Science in Nursing. Dr. Worthy also received a Certificate of Graduate Study in Higher Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina. She has a 23-year history in professional nursing and has been a nurse educator for 14 years teaching in ADN, BSN, RN to BSN, Graduate, and Doctoral Programs. She has written chapters in clinical references focused on clinical judgment, conceptual based learning, and simulation education. Dr. Worthy is a Certified Nurse Educator an Amy V. Cockcroft Fellow. She is a member of several professional organizations including the South Carolina League of Nurses, National League of Nurses, Advisory Committee on Nursing Education (BSN Educator), and Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing Alpha Xi Chapter President. Her awards include USC College of Nursing Outstanding Equity and Justice Advocacy, USC Clinical Practice Teaching, USC College of Nursing Community Engagement, South Carolina Palmetto Gold, and Sigma Alpha Xi Esther E. Starkey Excellence in Nursing Education. Dr. Worthy is active in her community and serves on numerous community health committees and board of directors.

    Crystal Murillo, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN

    Dr. Crystal Murillo is an academic nurse scientist and simulationist with a tripartite portfolio aimed at using simulation as a means to prepare nursing students to view themselves as social justice advocates for health equity. Her research, teaching, and service activities all revolve around aspects of social determinants of health and learning and improving outcomes for vulnerable populations. Dr. Murillo is passionate about mentoring faculty and students of color and has mentored over 2/3 minoritized faculty and students of color. She is currently adjunct faculty for the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation. Dr. Murillo is the only internationally certified advanced simulation educator in the state of South Carolina. She is also a fellow in both the NLN Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF) and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

    Cheryl Nelson, MBA

    Cheryl Nelson is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Nursing. She earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in Information Technology from Webster University Cheryl graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Management Science and Management (2006). She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Real Estate (2001). Prior to entering academia, Cheryl retired from the United States Army after serving 20 faithfully year of service in administration leadership roles. She currently serves as the student advocate in the College of Nursing and is passionate about social justice and student success. She is a part of the 2018-2019 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program. She has three sons, Anthony, Robert, and Stuart. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Incorporated.

    Kate K Chappell, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC

    Dr. Kate Chappell is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Clinical Education for both the BSN and MEPN nursing programs at the College. She has worked as a bedside nurse in Pediatric Intensive Care and as a pediatric nurse practitioner in neurology and child abuse/forensics. Her community engagement includes serving as the lead nurse for Camp Wonder Hands, a summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children. Her research focuses on improving recognition and response to child abuse by both families and healthcare providers. Her teaching work includes developing strategies to improve nursing students' readiness to apply clinical judgment and health equity to caring for patients. She actively seeks to involve undergraduate and graduate students in research projects and community engagement programs to gain insight together to enhance projects while also growing students' experience and confidence. She is Co-Director of two grant-funded programs: Childcare Ready for All (CRAwl), a program to prepare childcare providers to care for children with specific healthcare needs and BabyCoach, a support program for families with an infant discharging from Special Care or NICU. Dr. Chappell is a Fellow in the National Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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