The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has awarded a $60,000 grant to Marymount University to purchase state-of-the-art computer-networked cameras, screens, and recording equipment for the nursing laboratories in the University's new academic building for the sciences and health sciences, Caruthers Hall, which is now under construction.
The nursing labs to be outfitted include a health assessment laboratory, two clinical skills laboratories, and a simulation laboratory. They will replicate clinics found in hospital and agency settings, so that students' skills can be tested in realistic patient-care scenarios.
Previously, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation provided funding for Marymount to purchase a pediatric patient simulator. The University also has a SimMan® adult simulator and a baby simulator. The cameras and recording equipment purchased with this latest grant from the Foundation will be another critical part of the interactive, hands-on career preparation that Marymount provides for its nursing students.
From diagnosing breathing and heart-rate abnormalities to practicing skills like intubation, defibrillation, and IV insertion, the students will be able to develop their knowledge and skills in a controlled environment that is as close to the real-world experience as possible. Dr. Tess Cappello, dean of Marymount's School of Health Professions, points out, "Hands-on practice is essential to competence."
She adds, "This new equipment will also enable our instructors to develop individualized teaching profiles, to ensure that students master every aspect of their clinical education and develop their decision-making skills."
Caruthers Hall is part of Marymount University's 26th Street project, which also includes a student residence hall and an underground parking garage. Classes are scheduled to begin in Caruthers Hall in January 2011, and Dr. Cappello is excited about getting students into the new nursing laboratories. She observes, "These facilities will provide our students with the optimal learning environment. We are grateful for the Claude Moore Foundation's generosity, which will have a direct, positive impact on nursing education at Marymount University, helping us prepare our students to provide the highest level of patient care."