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USC Union School of Nursing Receives Grant for Maternity Simulator

Gaumard Simulators for Health Care Education

Daniel Prince

WBCU's 5K raised $1700 for the nursing school

As you know, USC Union partnered with USC Aiken’s School of Nursing program to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Union. The first cohort of pre-nursing students were welcomed to USC Union in the fall of 2019. They complete their prerequisite general education courses at USC Union, and only 16 students are accepted during each admission cycle into the School of Nursing. Nursing students study in USC Union’s state-of-the-art simulation and skills lab, complete with low- and high-fidelity manikins for a real-world simulation.

This spring, the school received a grant from the Lutz Foundation to purchase a maternity simulator. With the help of the grant, the school purchased a Noelle Childbirth Patient simulator. The educational manikin is a simulation-based training solution that offers labor and delivery simulation to allow nursing students to experience various scenarios.

Lynn Edwards, RN MSN, is USC Union’s Nurse Administrator, and she said, “Grants such as the one provided to USC Union by the Lutz Foundation helps the School of Nursing place emphasis on the recruitment and training of registered nursing students. These students are from under-served communities and the goal is retaining those nurses within our rural and underserved areas, targeting Union, Chester and Laurens counties specifically.”

USC Aiken’s nursing program is approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCCNE). For more information about USC Union’s nursing program, please contact Lynn Edwards at

Our WBCU Music and Medicine 5K held last Saturday at Foster Park also served to raise money for the nursing school. Thanks to the entrants and great sponsors, WBCU was able to present Marketing and Development Director Annie Smith with a check for $1700 to go to the nursing school.

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