Welcome to the FMU Department of Nursing
Welcome to Francis Marion University (FMU) Department of Nursing and thank you for visiting our website! An education in nursing is an excellent career choice because it is predicted that the nursing shortage will continue and be significant in the future. Reports predict a 29% shortage of nurses by the year 2020 (McNeil, 2010).
Nursing is a versatile profession that encompasses many career options and pathways and the Department of Nursing at FMU can assist you in receiving one of the best baccalaureates of science in nursing (BSN) degrees or master's of science in nursing (MSN) in South Carolina. The BSN is the sought after degree for nurses because of the scientific knowledge explosions in the field of health and current research that demonstrates that BSN nurses improve patient outcomes (Aiken, 2003). We also offer two graduate masters of science degrees; Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.
We are eager to tell you about our state-of-the-art nursing programs that are growing every semester. The growth we are experiencing is not only in student population but in technological resources, and innovative curricular design. The nursing faculty at FMU has extensive experience in teaching and they are all well-versed in active teaching/learning strategies and current nursing practice.
The nursing programs are housed in a beautiful new building with a fully equipped 24-bed laboratory that is home to our high tech maniquin and our simulated patient experiences. The program offers student excellent clinical sites for practice in area hospitals, out-patient, long-term care, and community facilities. The students, staff, and faculty at FMU Department of Nursing pride ourselves on being an integral and vital part of the larger Pee Dee community.
Besides being able to offer students a stimulating learning environment the nursing programs at FMU have tranquil space for students to study, socialize, and network. Please come visit and experience the energy, caring, and commitment of the students and faculty for yourself. We know you will want to join us in our mission to promote futuristic, quality care to the population of the Pee Dee region and beyond!
Dr. Ruth Wittmann- Price, PhD, RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF
Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing