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The South Carolina Nurse Foundation (SCNF) is honored to showcase a nurse leader. This year we are honoring Pierrene (Pi) Johnson. Pi was first elected to the Board of Trustees for SCNF in 1995, having served on various committees and as Vice President and President of the foundation. During her time on the Board of Trustees she served on the original Palmetto Gold Steering Committee, which recognizes nurses and student nurses across the state of South Carolina for excellence in practice, ensuring the future of the profession through scholarship initiatives. She has served as Co-Chair of Palmetto Gold and as Treasurer since the early 2000s. She has never missed a Palmetto Gold Gala and finds her work with Palmetto Gold to be the most rewarding experience of her service to the state.
Pi Johnson, a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina nursing programs, her 38 years in healthcare allowed her to experience all the nursing profession has to offer. Having worked as a nursing administrator, case manager, and nursing informaticists, she has dedicated her life to the profession and supporting nurses across the state. She has worked diligently to highlight the very best that the nursing profession has to offer. She has left a legacy for those following her to strive for, embodying the excellence she wishes to promote in others to attain as Palmetto Gold recipients.
The South Carolina Nurses Foundation, Inc. was established in 1974 as a nonprofit organization to promote high standards of health care by facilitating the advancement of nursing through rewards, grants, and scholarship. The original charter states that the Foundation was established for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. Through the promotion of nursing and the encouragement of excellence in nursing practice, the Foundation's major goal is to improve the quality of health care to all South Carolina citizens by advancing the profession of nursing in the state.
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The SCNF is affiliated with the South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA). The Foundation is supported largely through gifts and donations to fund the various scholarship and award programs. The Nurses Care Specialty License Plate Initiative was created in 2002 to provide an opportunity for nurses and the supporters of nursing to contribute to the profession and to increase the public's awareness of the contribution of nurses. "Nurses Care" specialty license plates are available from the Department of Motor Vehicles. The proceeds are used to fund both graduate and undergraduate scholarships. Please go to this website to purchase your “Nurses Care” license plate. In the Plate Gallery search field, type “nurse,”select more info, and click the “Buy Plate Online” button to purchase.