South Carolina Increases Nursing Career Opportunities in Rural Areas

From 1993 to 1997, South Carolina Hospital Research and Education Foundation, West Columbia, S.C., developed and delivered three new nursing degree programs to rural areas.

Known as South Carolina Project L.I.N.C., the project focused its efforts in three areas:

  • Distance learning.
  • Building partnerships.
  • Work force retraining.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Ladders in Nursing Careers Program.

Key Results

  • Working with the technical colleges in the state, South Carolina Project L.I.N.C. developed and delivered three new degree programs to rural areas.
  • Because of its partnership with South Carolina Educational TV and the state's Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program that provides education to health care students and members of the health care work force, Project L.I.N.C. was able to facilitate the delivery of educational programs to rural hospitals and link students with AHEC libraries via telephone and modem.
  • South Carolina L.I.N.C. worked with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to develop a training and basic skills programs.
  • L.I.N.C. was asked to help other health care organizations across the state with their re-engineering efforts.
  • By September 1997, South Carolina Project L.I.N.C. had enrolled 227 students; 75 had graduated. Each year of the grant, at least 32 percent of enrolled students were minority, mirroring the state's overall minority population. In 1997, 45 percent of enrolled students were minority.