CSU to break ground on nursing building expansion
by: University Relations
Charleston Southern University will break ground on the expansion of the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing this Friday. The expansion is the next step in a three-year plan unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Trustees last year to expand the School of Nursing enrollment and facilities.
The building expansion will be a two-story, 16, 100 square foot facility including classrooms, skills teaching labs, a Home Health Suite teaching lab, 11 nursing faculty offices, and an interactive space for nursing students.
“The expansion of the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing will allow the program to admit more of our qualified applicants and provide them with state-of-the-art learning resources,” said Dr. Tara Hulsey, dean of the nursing program. “The expansion will also provide the space needed to admit Bachelor of Science in Nursing students twice a year. Students have been requesting a fall and spring admission cycle for several years, and we are excited to be moving in that direction.”
The School of Nursing expansion is expected to be completed by the Fall 2013, nearly two decades after the original dedication when Henry Wingo donated $1.5 million for the construction a new nursing building in memory of his wife, Derry Patterson Wingo.
Since enrolling its first class, the Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing has experienced tremendous growth. Through funding partnerships with Roper St. Francis and Trident HCA, CSU has added faculty and cutting edge technology, including the addition of the i-Stan simulator by Meti in 2008.
CSU’s School of Nursing has one the highest four-year pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) of all accredited B.S. in Nursing programs in South Carolina. Since 2008, Charleston Southern students have a combined 96 percent pass rate. This national exam is required to receive a license to practice.
“You can’t have pass rates like that unless you have stellar faculty,” explained Dr. Hulsey. “We have small faculty-to-student ratios, so the students get a lot of hands-on experience.”
The CSU School of Nursing offers degree programs in Health Promotion, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an online RN-BSN degree program and an online Master of Science in Nursing that focuses on preparing nurse educators. The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and is a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.