Nurses are the heart and backbone of our healthcare system, yet Beaufort County and Jasper County are facing a critical nursing shortage that is putting the health and wellness of the Lowcountry at risk.
To help increase the number of ADN and BSN graduate nurses employed in Primary Care settings in Beaufort and Jasper Counties, and keep nurses from leaving the area, the South Carolina Nurse Retention Initiative offers a unique “post-graduation” financial award program in return for a work commitment – providing up to $12,000 (BSN) and $6,000 (ADN) over two years based on merit, dedication to the nursing profession, financial need, educational mobility and long-term commitment to practice in Beaufort or Jasper Counties – including specific geographic areas where funding has been made available.
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and several individuals have generously provided the initial funds to build the program’s infrastructure and launch the program in Beaufort County. We awarded four scholarships in our first year of operation. With a goal of funding 20-30 scholarships per year, we now need to raise $250,000 a year to continue to award these important scholarships – helping to retain nursing talent in our area, and ensuring quality healthcare for everyone throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
The need is critical – and you can help. Become a “Friend of the SCNRI” and make an investment in this important initiative to attract and retain nurses here in Beaufort County and Jasper County to help mitigate this growing nursing shortage.
You may choose to donate to the general fund to be used to attract and retain Nurses in both Beaufort and Jasper Counties (unrestricted)
You may also choose to specify a local geographic area to include Hilton Head Island or the City of Beaufort.
In addition, there are two ways to become a Friend of the SCNRI – and two ways you can help.
A monthly contribution is a wonderful, and easy, way for you to be part of this initiative to help keep nurses here in Beaufort County and Jasper County and ensure quality healthcare for all in the years ahead. For $100 a month, you can make a tremendous difference in our healthcare system – and be part of a legacy dedicated to supporting our valued healthcare heroes.
Each month, your recurring donation is automatically charged to your credit or debit card – making it a simple, eco-friendly process in enabling you to be part of this cause without additional time, effort and paperwork.
A one-time large lump sum donation is a great way to not only contribute to this important cause and make an immediate impact on retention but to showcase your commitment to enhancing quality healthcare in Beaufort County/Jasper County to the entire community. We are asking that you contribute a Dollar amount to retain ONE nurse for some period of time.
One BSN nurse retained for 1year =$6,000
One ADN nurse retained for 1 year =$3,000
Large gifts to the SCNRI also enable you to recognize someone through having a scholarship named in their honor and to gain visibility for your family and/or business for your commitment to both this cause and the future of Beaufort County and Jasper County.
Friends of the SCNRI enjoy the following benefits:
Ready to join us? Become a “Friend of the SCNRI” today – and help us on this mission to keep nurses here in Beaufort County and Jasper County … and keep our healthcare system strong throughout the years to come.
The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry with the sole purpose of awarding recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) grads up to $12,000 (BSN) and $6,000 (ADN) over two years based on merit, dedication to the nursing profession, financial need, educational mobility and long-term commitment to practice in Beaufort or Jasper Counties – including specific geographic areas where funding has been made available. Applicants who represent the diversity of our community are welcomed.