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School of Nursing Launches Stock Our Skills Lab Campaign
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Caption BulletNursing students learn to read vital signs on a human patient simulator; complete caption below

School of Nursing Launches Stock Our Skills Lab Campaign

The California State University, Dominguez Hills School of Nursing has announced the launch of its Stock Our Skills Lab (SOS) Campaign to raise $250,000 to equip a new clinical nursing skills lab on campus that is scheduled to open in summer 2009.

“The School of Nursing continues to expand its program offerings to address needs in the nursing profession,” school director Carole Shea said. “This new skills lab is just part of those efforts. We are very excited to be able to provide a lab on campus that will be large enough to serve all of our programs.

“But while we have the space designated and funds allocated toward renovations, we do not have the money to stock it. To ensure our students have a lab where they can receive the highest quality training, we need the community’s help and partnership.”

The new 4,000-square foot clinical skills lab will be located in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences building on campus. The space is currently being redesigned and renovated to accommodate offices and a reception area, a 30-seat computer lab/classroom, and a main nursing lab with an adjoining simulation lab. The School of Nursing has already purchased two human patient simulators (METI men) that respond physiologically to real time computer-generated scenarios and received a generous donation of eight beds from Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance.

With a successful SOS campaign, the new lab will also feature a fully equipped critical care bed, four examining table units for practicing physical assessments, full-sized child and adult mannequins and other body specific models, as well as computers, video cameras, clinical training software, and everything from bed linens to IV poles, crutches to crash carts.

Established in 1981 to make quality higher education in nursing more accessible to employed registered nurses (RNs) and to ultimately improve health care in California, the School of Nursing is a leader in innovative distance learning programs for RNs to earn their Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees. Three years ago, in response to the critical shortage of nurses, the school added an accelerated full-time pre-licensure program for master’s students seeking to become RNs. Plans are underway now to establish a four-year basic BSN nursing program for freshman students.

Currently the School of Nursing has a small clinical skills lab the size of a conference room, and also partners with local hospitals and CSU Fullerton for use of their facilities. The new skills lab will be able to accommodate all the school’s students, providing them opportunity to practice beginning and advanced skills in a realistic clinical setting on campus.

The SOS Campaign web site includes more information about the lab, a wish list of equipment, as well as a link to contribute online.

To contribute by mail, make checks payable to the CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation and send to CSU Dominguez Hills, Office of University Advancement, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson CA 90747. Write “Attention: Nursing SOS lab campaign” on the envelope.

For more information about the campaign, or to discuss donating equipment, call campaign chair Laura Inouye, coordinator of the Undergraduate Nursing Program, at (310) 243-2182.

For more information about the CSU Dominguez Hills School of Nursing, visit www.csudh.edu/hhs/son.

-Amy Bentley-Smith

Photo above: Registered nurse and clinical nurse specialist Suzanne Brugman (in pink) instructs master's entry level professional nursing students in the finer points of taking a patient's vital signs. Pictured L-R: Courtney Pucci, Kristen Franzese, Brugman and Diane Yamakawa.

Photo by Joanie Harmon

 
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Last updated Thursday, September 11, 2008, 11:34 a.m., by Joanie Harmon