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Mission, Vision, and Goals of the JCNRS

The mission of the JCNRS is to serve as a research and educational link between the University of South Carolina Upstate, the community hospitals and other community settings in order to establish evidence on which nurses will practice in the future. The Center will support and facilitate the education of future health care and nursing providers, teachers, leaders and researchers through the use of simulation technology.     

Consistent with the vision of the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Mary Black School of Nursing (MBSON), the vision of the Joint Center for Nursing Research and Scholarship (JCNRS) is to develop a culture of inquiry and innovation that promotes the involvement of nurses in the community as well as faculty at the Mary Black School of Nursing in conducting research in the healthcare community.  Ultimately, research findings will be disseminated, facilitating the implementation of evidence-based nursing practice.  In order to support a culture of inquiry and innovation a preeminent educational program for nursing students, faculty at the MBSON, and community nurses, will be utilized, capitalizing on available creative educational models, innovative teaching methods, and state-of-the-art technology. 

The Center will support the goals of the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), a division of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Specific goals for the JCNRS are to:


  1. Create the infrastructure required to support the advancement of nursing research and evidenced-based practice.  
  2. Provide education and mentoring to increase the faculty as well as community nurses’ capacity to conduct and participate in research and evidence-based practice projects and grant submissions that are related to their clinical areas of focus.
  3. Increase the number of nursing research and evidence-based practice studies conducted at the MBSON.
  4. Disseminate and translate findings of research and evidenced-based practice projects regionally and nationally.
  5. Develop a collaborative research link with SRMC and support interdisciplinary research efforts.
  6. Employ leading edge technology to innovate our educational programs to faculty, nursing students, and community nurses.
  7. Incorporate simulation technology into interdisciplinary professional continuing education.
  8. Develop and implement an educational initiative to prepare faculty and other nursing leaders for comprehensive clinical and curriculum related use of simulation. 
  9. Expand utilization of simulation technology in both classroom and clinical sessions of the baccalaureate program.
  10. Develop a collaborative, strategic plan with SRMC designed to increase appropriate use of the MBSON Learning Resource and Simulation Center (LR&SC) and reduce duplication and cost.




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    Tracey Bourgoin

    Graduate Studies in Nursing

    Graduate Program Advisor



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