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SUPPORT FOR NURSING PROGRAM
The continued expansion of the IU Nursing Arts and Clinical Simulation Lab is being
funded by the McLean Contributionship, with the intention of expanding the pediatric
clinical education in the pre-licensure program. The funds, totaling $21,082, were used
to purchase a pediatric patient simulator known as SimJunior. SimJunior will join the
array of simulation manikins that are essential to the Nursing program at Immaculata.
“The addition of SimJunior has allowed the Nursing Arts and Clinical Simulation Lab
to offer our students and the nursing community the opportunity to learn on some of the
latest simulation equipment,” commented Nancy Barker, R.N., M.S.N., interim director of
the Nursing Arts and Clinical Simulation Lab and Nursing instructor. “It will enable our
faculty to provide experiential learning that will assist our students not only during their
time at Immaculata but upon graduation as well.”
Currently, Immaculata’s Division of Nursing educates one of the largest groups of
nursing students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Recognizing the integral role of nurses in the health care system, the
Independence Blue Cross Foundation has awarded the University $45,220 for
the Nurses for Tomorrow Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship Program. This
program supports nursing education to help increase the number of nurses
pursuing faculty roles or clinical practice.
The Nurses for Tomorrow scholarship grants are by invitation and serve
institutions and student recipients in the five-county area supported by the
foundation in southeastern Pennsylvania. The undergraduate scholarship grant
of $23,040 will be distributed to scholarship applicants who are juniors and
seniors in the pre-licensure nursing program. The graduate scholarship grant of
$22,180 will be awarded to applicants in their final year of graduate education.
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation,
whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. Immaculata has
been a recipient of the nursing scholarship since its inception in 2004 as the
Independence Blue Cross Nurse Scholars Program.
Immaculata’s Division of Nursing includes three programs: a four-year
pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an R.N. to B.S.N. for registered
nurses, and a Master of Science in Nursing.
NURSES FOR TOMORROW
Larissa Connor ’15 of Glenmoore, PA
Devin Cunningham ’15 of Coatesville, PA
Tamara Dabady ’15 of Ardmore, PA
Grace Grant ’16 of Chester, PA
Mercedes Harris ’16 of Norristown, PA
Blanche Jones ’16 of Coatesville, PA
Dioan McCarthy ’15 of Upper Darby, PA
Rosemary Donohue ’15 of Havertown, PA
Fatou Toure ’15 of Collingdale, PA
Timothy Woodward ’15 of Tabernacle, NJ
Lisa Polk of Lansdale, PA
Elizabeth Procaccio of Springfield, PA
RECIPIENTS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
A new educational opportunity just opened in Immaculata’s backyard. A
grand opening reception for the Global Institute for Simulation Training was
held at the Institute’s new location in Exton, PA. Eight students, all seniors,
and two faculty members from Immaculata’s undergraduate Nursing program
were invited to attend the open house. The students and faculty participated
in patient simulations. Immaculata’s students were the only students to attend,
so they had ample opportunity to network with other attendees, including
politicians, hospital administrators, pre-hospital services providers, local EMS
staff, and mannequin manufacturers.
The Global Institute for Simulation Training, a non-profit organization,
is a 5,000 square foot facility that houses two lecture rooms, 10 clinical exam
rooms for standardized patient simulation experiences, as well as high-fidelity
simulators for health care education. It also includes a fully integrated audio-
video system to capture training and debriefing sessions, a robust learning
management system, and clinical task trainers and simulators.
“We are creating a state-of-the-art facility where educators will have the
latest technology and tools to teach and conduct research, and learners will
improve skills in a safe environment,” stated Laurie Kerns, educator and board
member of the Global Institute for Simulation Training.
“This experience provided students with the opportunity to connect
nursing theory with clinical practice in a safe learning environment,”
commented Nancy Barker, R.N., M.S.N., interim director of the Nursing Arts
and Clinical Simulation Lab and Nursing instructor at Immaculata.
Immaculata’s Division of Nursing plans to continue its relationship with
the Institute and hopes to participate in future programs that will benefit