IU Awarded Funds to Expand Simulation Lab
Immaculata University has been awarded $21,082 in grant funds from the McLean Contributionship to continue the simulation lab expansion for the Division of Nursing. The support from McLean will help Immaculata expand its pediatric clinical education in the pre-licensure nursing program which is the main goal of the project.
The McLean funds were used to purchase a pediatric patient simulator known as SimJunior from Laerdal Medical, a company that specializes in the production of cutting-edge researched-based patient simulators. Simulation is an interactive learning format that embraces the essence of problem-based learning. SimJunior will join the array of simulation manikins that are essential to the Nursing program at Immaculata.
The Philadelphia metropolitan area has a high number of pre-licensure students who are seeking pediatric clinical training opportunities. The funds benefit Immaculata by allowing for the expansion of the program that will prepare students for these limited pediatric clinical training opportunities. In addition, students will have increased knowledge working with infants and children, and it will also provide the faculty with the ability to construct patient simulations that augments the learners’ ability to strengthen critical thinking while developing clinical skills.
“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. 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,” commented Nancy Barker, RN, MSN, interim director of the Nursing Arts and Clinical Simulation Lab and Nursing instructor.
Presently, Immaculata University’s Division of Nursing educates one of the largest groups of nursing students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Immaculata’s Division of Nursing includes three programs: a four-year pre-licensure degree leading to a BSN; a RN to BSN degree for registered nurses seeking to obtain a BSN degree; and a graduate degree leading to a MSN.
For more information on Immaculata’s nursing programs, please call the Division of Nursing at 484-323-3497 or visit http://www.immaculata.edu/nursing/.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.