Earlier this year, LeighAnn Schmidt, MSN ’19, felt compelled to write to her former professor about what she experienced in a particular class. “I was so afraid of research and did not think I would ever have a change of heart,” Schmidt wrote. “Your course really changed all of that!” What Schmidt learned from Kathleen Becker, clinical associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing, propelled her into a position as a sub-investigator for one of the COVID-19 vaccine trials in the United States.
After significant urging from her mother, Annabelle Vives, RN, enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to become a family nurse practitioner. Isabel Vives, RN, had been cautioning her daughter since she was a little girl to get all her degrees before she was old, married and had kids, or she would regret it.
Making health care more inclusive and accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning patients means that seasoned providers and new clinical staff have opportunities to work together and bring barriers and solutions to the forefront.
Nurses have always been essential in the lives of their patients — a reality the global coronavirus pandemic has thrown into even sharper focus. May 6–12 is National Nurses Week, and as COVID-19 cases increase and hospitals treat more patients, nurses should be celebrated now more than ever. USC Suzanne Dworak-PeckSchool of Social Work Department of Nursing salutes all the health care workers serving on the front lines — especially its nurses.
Jennifer Dixon, RN, has been a nurse for 20 years. The current Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is part of the emergency department of a hospital in Georgia.
Sabrina Bates RN, a Nursing@USC student and nurse at Keck Hospital of USC, was working in the new transport center created by Keck for the purpose of receiving COVID-19 patients, when one of her closest friends was admitted.
We honor Black History Month by highlighting five of our extraordinary African-American faculty who share a commitment to empowering the African-American population and educating the next generation of social work professionals.
When Nursing@USC students descended upon campus for their On Campus Intensive (OCI) this December, they used an elbow model for the first time, thanks to a generous gift from USC alumnus Jacque J. Sokolov, M.D.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Alumni and Career Development resources provide information, networking opportunities, and connections with fellow alumni and community members to nurture a network of support.