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Notre Dame Awarded $100,000 Hearst Foundations Grant

October 2, 2013

Notre Dame of Maryland University has been awarded a $100,000 capital grant from the Hearst Foundations for the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology, a state-of-the-art clinical education facility featuring three sophisticated simulation labs.

The grant will be used to purchase a second SimMan computer-operated human patient simulator for use in the second of the Center's two simulation laboratories. The SimMan can breathe, talk, and generate heart, breath and bowel sounds. Students can check his blood pressure, insert an IV and shock him. If necessary, he can die—all for the purpose of putting nursing students in realistic clinical situations.

The Center, which opened at the beginning of the academic year, is located in the new 36,500-square-foot University Academic Building. The Center includes two health assessment labs, two adult medical-surgical labs, an obstetrical/newborn/pediatric lab with a home health component, and two patient examination rooms.

With a scarcity of local clinical sites for nursing students to obtain clinical experience, the Center will feature three state-of-the-art simulation labs with computer-powered human simulator mannequins that will provide a realistic and risk-free environment for students to practice nursing skills and develop clinical reasoning.  The Center also will fill an essential role in meeting the urgent demand for more nursing educators by supporting graduate courses in the Leadership in Nursing Education program.

“The Hearst Foundations are pleased to support the Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Center for Caring with Technology,” said George Irish, Vice President and Eastern Director of the Hearst Foundations. “It will provide nursing students with a life-like learning environment as they learn to become compassionate and skilled healers.”

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