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Jason R. Thrift

M.S., RN, CHSE Instructor
Lead of Clemson University School of Nursing Social Media

Office: 229 CU Nursing in Greenville

Phone: 864-720-2071


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Nursing
Mercer University In Progress

M.S. Nursing Education
Clemson University 2011

B.S. Nursing
Clemson University 2001

Courses Taught

NURS 3100 Health Assessment (2014-present) ASD/BSA/BS
NURS 3101 Health Assessment Lab (2014-present) ASD/BSA/BS
NURS 4011 Mental Health Clinical (2015-present) ASD/BSA/BS
NURS 1400 Computer Applications in Healthcare (2018-present) BSA/BS
ASD-Accelerated Second Degree Program
BSA-Bachelor of Science Accelerated Program
BS-Bachelor of Science Program


I have been working with the School of Nursing in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Bachelor of Science Accelerated Nursing Program, and Accelerated Second Degree Program. I currently am a member of the following nursing professional service boards and chapters: Past President of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma, Global Nursing Excellence and International Honor Society of Nursing (2019-2021), Director of Communications/Webmaster for the South Carolina League for Nursing (SCLN), Board Member for the Mental Health America, Anderson County Board, Member of the South Carolina Nurses Foundation (SCNF) Board of Trustees-Vice President, Technology Coordinator for the South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance (SCNESA), and Adviser for the Clemson Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN, Student Organization). I am an active member of the following nursing organizations: American Nurses Association, South Carolina Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, South Carolina League for Nursing, American Nursing Informatics Association, Sigma (Clemson University Gamma Mu, Mercer University Pi Gamma, and Anderson University Alpha Alpha Pi Chapters), the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Mental Health America, the South Carolina Nurses Foundation, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, the South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. Apple Teacher.

Research Interests

Virtual Reality Simulation
Mental Health

Research Publications

Articles are listed below for my research interests. Currently working through the dissertation process in the Ph.D. in Nursing Program at Mercer University, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing.

Thrift, J. (2021). Exploring Virtual Environments for Mental Health Clinical Experiences in a Pandemic. Journal of Informatics Nursing. Vol 6, Issue 3, p. 1-3.

Thrift, J. (2016). Robotic Nurses: They are Coming Soon! Nursing Informatics Today. Vol 31, Issue 1, p 17-19.

Whitcomb, J., & Thrift, J. (2015). Accelerated Second Degree Programs: One way to reduce the Nursing Shortage. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. Vol 34, Issue 4, p 187-188.

Honors and Awards

Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) 2021
Faculty Feature CBSHS and CUSON social media 2021
Past President Gamma Mu Chapter of Sigma 2019-2021
Outstanding Graduate Student Nurse Educator Track 2011
Inductee to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 2011


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