Katherine Nugent

New Presence for Coast College of Nursing

The start of a new year also brings a return of the College of Nursing to the Long Beach campus.  Since 2004 the Nursing faculty and staff have been housed in the renovated former Garden Park Hospital in Gulfport.  The new facility provides adequate faculty offices, conferences rooms, and lounge.  The facility also houses the Clinical simulation lab which is a critical component of the nursing curriculum.  In the simulation lab students have an opportunity to provide care for simulated patients with selected diagnoses, to develop clinical decision- making skills, and a place to debrief, evaluate, and reflect on the provided nursing care.

Coast CON

This wonderful building on the main campus increases the visibility of nursing and its role in providing quality education to future students of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Katherine Nugent
Dr. Nugent, who has served as the director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Health since 2004, was named dean in July 2012, when the School of Nursing was returned to its status as a College of Nursing. Dr. Nugent came to the University of Southern Mississippi from the Medical College of Nursing , now called Georgia Health Sciences University, where she was the executive associate Dean. Dr. Nugent has extensive experience in nursing education and in administration of nursing programs, having served in a variety of leadership positions at the University of Texas at Galveston, Clemson University and Georgia Health Sciences University. She has been active in state, regional, and national nursing organizations and will serve as the president of the Collegiate Nursing Education Council of the Southern Regional Education Board beginning in November 2012.

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