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The Office of Practice Innovation, Partnerships and Policy guides the development of community partnerships to create opportunities for faculty to practice through the roles of clinician, educator, researcher, consultant, and administrator. The College of Nursing has cultivated interprofessional academic and practice-based partnerships that provide faculty opportunities to serve as model teaching sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing students

Practice Benefits for Faculty and Students 

The Office of Practice is responsible for achieving specific goals of the College of Nursing and seeks to expand interprofessional and collaborative opportunities for faculty and students and utilize faculty practice as a model for changes in health care policy for federal, state, and local regulatory bodies, statutes, and agencies.  We do this through a variety of partnerships, some which are care-delivery focused and others that are educationally focused.

The College of Nursing has cultivated interprofessional academic and practice-based partnerships that provide faculty practice opportunities to serve as model teaching sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Our educational partnerships focus on preparing students and clinicians to care for those in inpatient settings and primary care clinics as well as disadvantaged populations including those in rural and underserved areas.

Our clinical practice and partnerships seek to improve the health and welfare of people and exists to foster faculty practice and the clinical education of nursing students. Practicing while teaching allows faculty to stay current and provide real word experience to students. 

Partnerships and Practice Sites

Faculty practice sites include hospital systems, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), private practice, government agencies, and faith-based  community agencies

Faculty Spotlight

P. Raynor

Phyllis Raynor, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Raynor, assistant professor (tenure track), is certified as both a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and an advanced-practice addictions nurse. 

Dr. Raynor is committed to substance use disorders (SUD) disparities research and practices at Future Psych Solutions where she provides primary substance use treatment for clients with co-occurring mental health disorders part-time in an outpatient clinic.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Dr. Raynor with a Career Development Award.   The award will facilitate her primary career goals to become an independent, funded investigator and be a recognized leader in the field of SUD disparities research.  Dr. Raynor will pursue the development of  effective interventions to support positive health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women with Opioid Use Disorders and their vulnerable children.

Margaret Selph

Margaret J. Selph, DNP, APRN, ANP-C

Dr. Selph, assistant professor, is an adult nurse practitioner and has been providing primary care to adult and geriatric patients at the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, SC for 7 years.  The Free Medical Clinic serves uninsured patients with a household income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Line.  In addition to primary care services, the clinic provides some on-site specialty services as well.  Dr. Selph states that it is incredibly rewarding to have the opportunity to serve those in our community who would otherwise lack access to care.

Associate Dean for Practice Innovation, Partnerships & Policy

Joy Deupree

Dr. Joy Deupree

Dr. Deupree earned her PhD in Health Promotion/Health Behavior in 2011. In 2014 she was selected as one of 20 nurses nationwide for the highly competitive prestigious three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program.  Due to her expertise as a nurse leader in the field of health literacy, she has served as an appointee to numerous governmental, institutional and organizational boards. Full bio.


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