Nursing Education Partnership

Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow. Across the country, the nursing educator shortage is a serious issue that will continue through at least the next decade. Within the next decade the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that the shortage will increase by 41 percent to a 1.2 million deficit by 2020. The shortage of nurses with advanced degrees choosing teaching careers in nursing programs is related to budgetary constraints. Recruiting nurse educators is a challenge. Academic institutions generally cannot compete with nonacademic employers in regard to salary schedules. Nursing instructors   earn less than practicing nurses, making the position less desirable. Simple economics, therefore, has been a key factor in creating the shortage of nursing educators.
Area patients, health care facilities and prospective students can feel confident that the training provided by Southeastern Illinois College’s nursing programs is top-notch, as the institution’s pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) continue to exceed both state and nationwide averages each year. Students in both the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs must pass the NCLEX in order to obtain a license. Licensure examination results from testing between June and December 2014 show that 41 of SIC’s 42 PN students earned passing scores – meaning SIC students had a 98 percent pass rate, as opposed to an 86 percent statewide pass rate and 82 percent nationwide rate. The pass rate was even greater for SIC’s ADN program. SIC had a 100 percent pass rate, exceeding the state rate of 84 percent and the national rate of 82 percent. SIC’s ADN program is one of only three active programs in the state to achieve 100 percent pass rates. These pass rates demonstrate the dedication that the nursing faculty have in working to prepare students to achieve success and to be able to enter the workforce as Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. It is imperative that we are able to continue to assist in meeting the local, state, and national needs in regard to the nursing workforce shortage. In order to assist in these efforts, it is vital that quality nurse educators are recruited and retained. The participation of the Southeastern Illinois College Foundation is key to the success of the nursing program. This partnership is crucial as together we strive to lessen the impact of the national nursing shortage.

Nursing Education Partnership Association Levels of Giving

$5,000 Nursing Program Benefactor
$1,000 Florence Nightingale Level: Florence Nightingale was regarded as the "mother of nursing". With this contribution you will receive annual recognition at the SIC pinning of nurses and 10 SIC services of choice*.
$500 Clara Barton Level: Clara Barton made significant contributions to the American Red Cross. With this contribution you will receive a membership to the Falcon Fitness center, admission to SIC theatre events and two SIC services of choice*.
$250 Dorothea Dix Level: Dorothea Dix was an advocate for the mentally ill during the mid-1800’s.  With this contribution you will receive admission to all SIC sporting events, one free food item and drink per game, one SIC service of choice*, and a plaque recognition in the Nursing Education wing.
$100 Mary Eliza Mahoney Level: Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American RN.  With this contribution you will receive 20% off at the SIC bookstore on non-textbook items.
$50 Mary Breckinridge Level: After WWI Mary Breckinridge was a founder of The Frontier Nursing Service. With this contribution you will receive an SIC window decal.
$25 Helen Fairchild Level: Helen Fairchild served in France during WW I in the nursing corps.  With this contribution you will receive a nursing support pin and an embossed membership card.
  *Haircut, Pedicure, Manicure, Chair or Body massage


Your financial partnership at any level supports nursing education and improves the general health and welfare of our community. Generally, when you educate a nurse from our area, you educate a neighbor who stays in the area, works for a local employer, provides care to your or your loved ones, and supports the local economy. Your financial partnership is an investment in all of our futures…join today! CLICK, PRINT & JOIN  

Pioneers in Nursing Memorial Partnership Levels

Florence Nightingale
Born to a prosperous English family, in what is now modern-day Italy, Florence Nightingale's name has become synonymous with the profession of Nursing. At a time when Nursing was considered the province of the poor, Nightingale devoted her life to the profession. In 1854, she traveled with a staff of 38 Nurses to Turkey, where she cared for wounded British soldiers. Her tendency to check on soldiers in the middle of the night earned her the nickname, "The Lady of the Lamp." A gifted statistician, Nightingale collected statistical data regarding the causes of death during the war. Her observations led to a rethinking of military medical care and the implementation of patient medical records. With historical accomplishments too numerous to list, she is now immortalized as the namesake of the Florence Nightingale School of Midwifery and Nursing and at King's College of London.
Clara Barton
Born on December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Mass., the youngest of 5 children in a middle-class family, Barton was educated at home, and at 15 started teaching school. Her most notable antebellum achievement was the establishment of a free public school in Bordentown, N.J. Though she is remembered as the founder of the American Red Cross, her only prewar medical experience came when for 2 years she nursed an invalid brother.
In 1861 Barton was living in Washington, D.C., working at the U.S. Patent Office. When the 6th Massachusetts Regiment arrived in the city after the Baltimore Riots, she organized a relief program for the soldiers, beginning a lifetime of philanthropy. When Barton learned that many of the wounded from First Bull Run had suffered, not from want of attention but from need of medical supplies, she advertised for donations in the Worcester, Mass., Spy and began an independent organization to distribute goods. The relief operation was successful, and the following year U.S. Surgeon General William A. Hammond granted her a general pass to travel with army ambulances "for the purpose of distributing comforts for the sick and wounded, and nursing them." For 3 years she followed army operations throughout the Virginia theater and in the Charleston, S.C., area. Her work in Fredericksburg, Va., hospitals, caring for the casualties from the Battle of the Wilderness, and nursing work at Bermuda Hundred attracted national notice. At this time she formed her only formal Civil War connection with any organization when she served as superintendent of nurses in Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butlers command. She also expanded her concept of soldier aid, traveling to Camp Parole, Md., to organize a program for locating men listed as missing in action. Through interviews with Federals returning from Southern prisons, she was often able to determine the status of some of the missing and notify families.

By the end of the war Barton had performed most of the services that would later he associated with the American Red Cross, which she founded in 1881. In 1904 she resigned as head of that organization, retiring to her home at Glen Echo, outside Washington, D.C., where she died 12 Apr. 1912.

Dorthea Dix 
An unhappy childhood helped Dorothea Dix to identify with society's outcasts. Like many young women of her day, she became a school teacher. Surrounded by the ferment of reform in pre-Civil War Boston but untouched by it, she was drifting towards a life of spinster aimlessness until one cold day in March 1841. She had volunteered to teach a Sunday school class at the jail in East Cambridge. Among the convicts, shivering in an unheated room, she found some women who were mentally ill. Why was there no stove to warm them, she demanded? Lunatics, she was told, could not feel the cold, and they would only burn themselves or set the building afire. Dorothea Dix determined to act; she had found her cause.
She spent over a year touring every jail, almshouse, and house of correction in Massachusetts. She then presented a report, or "memorial" to the Legislature asking for funds for an institution specially designed to treat the mentally ill. She did the same in state after state, traveling thousands of miles alone and publicizing the terrible conditions she found. Always observing the rules of feminine propriety, she rarely spoke publicly, but she was a persuasive lobbyist behind the scenes. When the Civil War broke out she was appointed superintendent of nurses for the Union Army. Unfortunately, this was a role for which she was ill-suited, and controversy swirled around her. After the war she toured hospitals in the South and in Europe, slowing up but never abandoning her role as crusader for humane treatment of the insane.
Mary Eliza Mahoney
Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African-American registered nurse in the U.S.A. She was born free on May 7, 1845 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and became interested in nursing when she was a teenager. She worked for fifteen years at the New England Hospital for Women and Children (now Dimock Community Health Center) in Roxbury, Massachusetts as a cook, janitor, washerwoman and an unofficial nurse's assistant. In 1878, at the age of thirty-three, she was admitted as a student into the hospital's nursing program established by Dr. Marie Zakrzewska. Sixteen months later, she was one of four who completed the rigorous course (of forty-two who started with her). After graduation she worked primarily as a private duty nurse for the next thirty years all over the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. She ended her nursing career as director of an orphanage in Long Island, New York, the position she had held for a decade. She never married. In 1896, Mahoney became one of the original members of a predominately white Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada (later known as the American Nurses Association or ANA). In 1908 she was co founder of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN). Mahoney gave the welcoming address at the first convention of the NACGN and served as the association's national chaplain. Mary Eliza Mahoney died January 4, 1926. She is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Massachusetts. In 1936, the NACGN created an award in honor of Mahoney for women who contributed to racial integration in nursing. This award was then continued by the ANA after the NACGN was dissolved in 1951. In 1976, fifty years after her death, Mary Eliza Mahoney was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame.
Mary Brekenridge
Mary Breckinridge was the nation's foremost pioneer in the development of American midwifery and the provision of care to the nation's rural areas as founder of the Frontier Nursing Service. Breckinridge, descendant of a distinguished family that included a U.S. vice president and a Congressman and diplomat, lost her first husband and two children to early death. She turned to nursing as an outlet for her energies, committed to "raise the status of childhood everywhere," as a memorial to her own lost children. She spent time as a public health nurse during World War I, and became convinced that the nurse-midwife concept could help children in rural America. After additional nursing studies and midwifery training, she went to rural Kentucky and began work in 1925. In 1928 her service was named the Frontier Nursing Service, and was for several years entirely underwritten by Breckinridge's personal funds. Designed around a central hospital and one physician with many nursing outposts designed to compensate for the absence of reliable roads or transportation, the service featured nurses on horseback able to reach even the most remote areas in all kinds of weather. Within five years, FNS had reached more than 1,000 rural families in an area exceeding 700 square miles and staff members of FNS formed the organization that became the American Association of Nurse-Midwives. Breckinridge masterminded the fundraising and publicity necessary to keep the service growing. The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, another part of FNS, trained hundreds of midwives. The FNS hospital in Hyden, Kentucky is now named the Mary Breckinridge Hospital, and it operates today, with a new Women's Health Care Center, still fulfilling the mission that Breckinridge created in the 1920s. On her deathbed Breckinridge commented, "The glorious thing about it is that it has worked!" 
Helen Fairchild
On the outbreak of the First World War President Woodrow Wilson declared a policy of strict neutrality. However, on 31st January, 1917, Germany announced a new submarine offensive against countries supplying goods to the Allies. Wilson responded by breaking off diplomatic relations with Germany. The publication of the Zimmerman Telegram, a document that suggested that Germany was willing to help Mexico regain territory in Texas and Arizona, intensified popular opinion against the Central Powers. On 6th April, America declared war on Germany on 6th April, 1917. A few weeks later Fairchild and 63 other nurses from Pennsylvania Hospital volunteered to serve in Europe. After arriving on the Western Front Fairchild was sent to Casualty Clearing Station No. 4 at Passchendaele. Exposed to mustard gas during November 1917, Fairchild began suffering from severe abdominal pains. Fairchild continued to work and it was not until just before Christmas that a Barium meal X-Ray revealed that a large gastric ulcer was obstructing her pylorus. Doctors suggested that this had probably been worse by the poisonous gases used against the Allies. Fairchild underwent a gastro-enterostomy operation on 13th January 1918. Initially Helen Fairchild did well but on the third day she began to deteriorate and after going into a coma she died on 18th January 1918.

Hospitals, Clinics, Agencies Employing SIC Nursing Graduates

Bridge Clinic SIH DBA/Ferrell Hospital & Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
Brownsville School Turner Manor
Frank Dialysis Center Wabash Christian Retirement Center
Gallatin County School Nurse Eldorado School District
Hardin County Hospital Hardin County School District
Harrisburg Medical Center Southern Illinois Pain Management
Harrisburg School District Carmi-White County School Nurse
McLeansboro Healthcare Center Carrier Mills Nursing Home
Primary Care Group-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Hamilton Memorial Hospital
Saline Care Center Hands of Hope Family Clinic
Veterans Administration Medical Center Harrisburg Care Center
WADI Head Start Health South Tri-State Rehabilitation Hospital
Egyptian Public & Mental Health Department Primary Care Group-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center Mulberry Center – Harrisburg Medical Center
Harrisburg Home Care Rosiclare Health Care Center
Heartland Regional Hospital Southern Seven Health Department
Primary Care Group Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana