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Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Nursing Receives $125,000 Grant from the Middendorf Foundation

July 10, 2012

Notre Dame of Maryland University has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Middendorf Foundation to support a simulation lab within the Center for Caring with Technology in its new School of Nursing academic building.

“The Middendorf Foundation’s award for the School of Nursing supports our shared commitment to preparing skilled and compassionate baccalaureate trained nurses to address a critical workforce need in our community,” said Notre Dame President James F. Conneely. “The Foundation's leadership grant will provide the technological tools to ensure that our nursing students gain hands-on experience in variety of clinical scenarios before they enter the hospital setting.”

A projected nursing shortage in Maryland prompted Notre Dame to launch its entry-level bachelor of science in nursing program in fall 2011. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the state will need 12,000 new nurses by 2016. Notre Dame’s Center for Caring with Technology will house state-of-the-art instructional facilities, including clinical simulation labs, to support students in the university’s full-time undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

The Center will feature three simulation labs — two adult medical-surgical labs and one obstetric-pediatric lab, as well as observation rooms. The labs will contain low- and high-fidelity mannequins to mimic patient symptoms and clinical scenarios that a nurse may encounter on the job. Students will be able to master their nursing skills and practice clinical reasoning in a realistic environment before entering area hospitals.

Groundbreaking for the academic building is planned for the fall, with construction expected to be complete by summer 2013, when the first four-year undergraduate nursing students will reach their junior year and begin the hands-on elements of their training.

In 2008 the Middendorf Foundation provided funding for Notre Dame’s construction of G. Avery Bunting Hall to house its School of Pharmacy. The LEED-Silver certified building opened for classes in September 2011 and Notre Dame will graduate its first doctors of pharmacy in 2013.

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