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The Office of Practice Innovation, Partnerships and Policy guides the development of community partnerships to create opportunities for faculty to practice through the roles of clinician, educator, researcher, consultant, and administrator. The College of Nursing has cultivated interprofessional academic and practice-based partnerships that provide faculty opportunities to serve as model teaching sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing students

Practice Benefits for Faculty and Students 

The Office of Practice is responsible for achieving specific goals of the College of Nursing and seeks to expand interprofessional and collaborative opportunities for faculty and students and utilize faculty practice as a model for changes in health care policy for federal, state, and local regulatory bodies, statutes, and agencies.  We do this through a variety of partnerships, some which are care-delivery focused and others that are educationally focused.

The College of Nursing has cultivated interprofessional academic and practice-based partnerships that provide faculty practice opportunities to serve as model teaching sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Our educational partnerships focus on preparing students and clinicians for care for inpatient settings and primary care clinics as well as disadvantaged populations including those in rural and underserved areas.

Our clinical practice and partnerships seek to improve the health and welfare of people and exists to foster faculty practice and the clinical education of nursing students. Practicing while teaching allows faculty to stay current and provide real word experience to students. 

Partnerships and Practice Sites

Faculty practice sites include hospital systems, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), private practice, government agencies, and faith-based  community agencies

Allendale County Hospital (Millennium Nursing Home)

Community Medical Clinic Kershaw County

Cooperative Heath Centers

Free Medical Clinic

Future Psych Solutions

Medical Group U of SC Department of Medicine Ryan White Program

Prisma Health Departmental-Behavioral Health Pediatrics

Prisma Health Medical Group-Midlands

Prisma Health Sickle Cell Medical Home

South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice

Southern Cosmetic Laser

Tiffany Pediatrics

Faculty Spotlight

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Dwayne Alleyne, Assistant Professor  

"I practice at Prisma Health Richland with the Hospitalist Internal Medicine group. I feel it is very important to practice while educating students so one can provide real world experience to up and coming students. Textbooks provide great information for learning about diseases and diagnoses, however most cases listed in this resource provide ideal situations which one can easily interpret clinical data. I can use examples of cases from my practice time to help students learn how to investigate and pull together information from different sources in order to develop a reasonable diagnosis when information is not as distinct." 

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Sabra Custer, Associate Professor

Dr. Custer received the 2020 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care HIV/AIDS Educator award. Dr. Custer is a long-time member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. She currently practices at an HIV clinic where she also oversees UofSC Nursing students during their interprofessional education rotation at the clinic. 

Associate Dean for Practice Innovation, Partnerships & Policy

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Dr. Joy Deupree

Dr. Deupree earned her PhD in Health Promotion/Health Behavior in 2011. In 2014 she was selected as one of 20 nurses nationwide for the highly competitive prestigious three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program.  Due to her expertise as a nurse leader in the field of health literacy, she has served as an appointee to numerous governmental, institutional and organizational boards. Full bio.


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