Dr. Tara Hulsey is
Dean and Professor in the Derry Patterson Wingo School
of Nursing at Charleston Southern University and Adjunct Faculty in the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her
bachelor of science in nursing from Clemson University, her master of
science in maternal/child nursing from the Medical University of South
Carolina, and her Doctor of Science in Nursing from the University of
is also a Certified Nurse Educator.
is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and is the past-president of
the Gamma Omicron at-Large Chapter. She is currently serving a second term as the Region 7
Coordinator for Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Hulsey has held
numerous leadership positions in the area of perinatal nursing, serving
on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Perinatal Association,
the Regional Perinatal Association, and the National Perinatal
Association. Currently, she serves as Chair of the research committee
of the National Perinatal Association and is past chair of the National
Perinatal State Forum.
Hulsey has been at the Medical University since 1990 and has held
numerous positions during her tenure there including Associate Dean for Academics and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Nursing. Her specialty area is
high-risk obstetrics, and she previously held the position of the
Perinatal Outreach Educator and the Regional Systems Developer for the
Medical University’s eight county perinatal region. She has served two
terms on the executive committee for the University Faculty Senate, the
University Research Advisory Committee, and chaired the University
Gender Equity Committee. She has extensive clinical experience in
high-risk antepartum and intrapartum nursing and in level I and II
newborn nursing. She has taught and advised in the undergraduate,
graduate, and doctoral programs and was involved in the development of
and served as the program director for a Nurse Educator master’s
program. She assumed the role of Dean at Charleston Southern University in 2007. She is project director of the RWJ funded Quality and Safety Education in Nursing initiative, where her school is one of 15 schools chosen as a pilot site.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Hulsey conducts
research and has published in the areas of unwanted pregnancy, infant
mortality and low birth weight, and maternal pregnancy behaviors. Dr.
Hulsey has presented her research at local, regional, and national