School of Nursing

Alumni News & Updates

Meet the President

Nell BrittonNell Britton is currently serving her second term as President of CANS. She is a 1973 graduate of Clemson’s BSN program and a 1977 graduate of Medical College of Georgia’s MSN program, Nell has been honored as the 1993 Alumni of Merit – Honorable Mention  and as the 1994 Alumni of Merit .

Nell spends most of her time teaching nursing at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S. C. where she instills her love of the Nursing profession in her students.  Besides her teaching duties Nell takes on the responsibilities of a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves and is attached to the active duty medical group at Charleston AFB, SC.  As a Desert Storm veteran, Nell used her nursing skills to safely oversee the medical crew responsible for transporting the ill and injured from Rhein Maine AB in Germany to Andrews AFB, MD. The Air Force recognized Nell’s contributions to nursing by awarding her both a Commendation Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal.

Nell is married to Jay Schaefer and currently resides in Moncks Corner, S. C. They have a daughter, Mary Britton-Schaefer, who recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Mary currently resides in Anderson, S.C.

The President's Corner

On behalf of the Clemson Alumni Nursing Society (CANS) I would like to welcome you and encourage you to become an active part of the organization. The goal of CANS is to provide a way for nursing alumni to network, socialize, and broaden our horizons while supporting the Clemson University School of Nursing through our participation and our financial support.

Although our organization was chartered in the early nineties, it is still in its infancy.  With your support CANS will become the supportive organization we want it to be.  We need your help. Ways you can help are Chair a committee or serve as a committee member, share your expertise through continuing education offerings, volunteer at organization events, or be creative and identify your own way to contribute.

We need you to make CANS your alumni organization.

For more information about CANS or ways you can contribute to the organization, e-mail me at

Nell Britton, MSN, RN, CNE, NHA
Class of ‘73

2010 Nursing Alumni of Merit

Congratulations to Nandel Smith on her selection as the 2010 Clemson University School of Nursing Alumni of Merit.  Nandel received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Clemson University in 1978 and began her career at Anderson Memorial Hospital working as a staff nurse on a medical surgical unit.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Clemson in 1994 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2001. Nandel currently serves as the Nurse Manager of Nursing Staff Development at AnMed Health, Anderson, South Carolina, were she is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating all nursing staff educational activities at the Medical Center and Women’s and Childrens’ Hospital.


5th Alumni Day

The Clemson University School of Nursing hosted its 5th annual Alumni Day in the Botanical Garden on Friday evening, October 1st, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.   Please click the link to see images from the day's events. 

Volunteers Needed!

CANS is looking for volunteers for the following committees:

Committee Chairs
Publicity Committee
Development/Fundraising Committee
Nominating Committee

Committee Members
Program Committee
Recruitment Committee
Publicity Committee

Contact Information of CANS Officers (2009-2011)







Program Committee:

Recruitment Committee

  • Felicia Nisly

Welcome To the 2011-2012 Officers

Our thanks go to the 2011-2012 Officers for agreeing to assume the leadership of our organization. We will be here to support you as you help our organization grow.

President – Debby  Greenlaw
President-Elect – Pennie Peralta
Vice-President – Sheri Webster
Secretary – Natasha Oliver
Treasurer – Erin Drennon
Director Upstate –  vacant
Director Midlands – Jennifer Lowry
Director Lowcountry – Tara Hulsey
Director Georgia – Kay Argroves
Program Committee – Deborah Willoughby
Recruitment Committee – vacant
Publicity Committee – vacant
Development/Fundraising Committee – vacant
Nominating Committee – vacant

Anyone interested in serving on a committee or as a director should contact Nell Britton at