School of Nursing Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

School of Nursing Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Date of Release: May 25, 2011

The Husson University School of Nursing held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-designed Learning Resource Center and Simulation Lab on Tuesday, May 24. Chairman of the Board Richard Trott, Provost Lynne Coy-Ogan and Dean of the College of Health and Education Barbara Higgins were on hand along with the faculty and staff from the School of Nursing to celebrate this exciting event.

"This Open House is an opportunity for the health care community and others to get a close up look at this state-of-the-art equipment," said Dr. Barbara Higgins, Dean of the College of Health and Education. "The implementation of these new simulators and other equipment will provide exciting new opportunities for interprofessional collaborative education strategies with other programs in the School of Health and Education."

The Nursing faculty showcased its new family of patient simulators. "The addition of this new 'family' of simulators will allow us to prepare our students for nearly every possible health scenario across the life span," said Valerie Herbert, Assistant Professor and Director of Simulation and Learning Resources in the College of Health and Education.

The equipment demonstrated included the four new simulators including SimMan 3G, Noelle and Newborn Hal, and the Nursing Kid, a 6 year old patient, and special patient care software and five workstations; Also the SimExpress wireless simulation data management system, 5 new Hill-Rom replacement beds, a Hill-Rom stretcher, monitor cart, ECG machine, and defibrillator.

Husson University had previously announced it had received a $285,418 HRSA Grant from the Department of Human Services to purchase some of this equipment including the four new patient simulators for its Learning Resource Center.

"This facility speaks to the quality of the program," said Husson University President Robert Clark, "and expands our ability to provide the very best experiential learning opportunities available."

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