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$400,000 in Anonymous Donations Will Build New Nursing Lab at U of Arkansas

June 3, 2020 | Staff Writers

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A new simulation laboratory is being built at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for new nursing students. This lab is being built due to anonymous donations of $400,000 that the university received this year.

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The announcement was made early this week by the University’s chancellor Jack Lassiter, who stated that the new facility is very important to the university’s commitment to making the nursing school a leader in education in the US.

Lassiter reserved high praise for Linda Yeiser, who is vice chancellor for advancement and university relations, who was able to get the funds for the new lab. Yesier had been in her job for under a month and was able to make a major impact on the university. This new donation is going to be highly beneficial to education in nursing in the state and also will give many opportunities for continuing nursing education.

Yeiser stated that she was grateful for the anonymous donations that were made by people who want to ensure that the nursing program is excellent for years to come. The university is very grateful for this generosity and how they are so willing to make a big difference for students.

These donations will help to fund construction and also pay for equipment that is needed in the lab. Some of the most expensive additions will be for mannequins called SimMan, SimMan 3G, SimMom, SimJunior, SimBaby and SimNewBorn. These mannequins, which are controlled by remote from a control room next to the lab, are able to simulate moaning, crying, seizures, strokes, heart attacks and other health conditions. Costs of these devices is up to $70,000.

The impact of this type of lab will be substantial, according to the deal of the nursing school. They will use the lab for clinical work, and this is very important when hospitals do not have enough space and there is such a large amount of competition for clinical times from other universities. This Sim Lab will be an excellent teaching tool, and will give a very realistic setting that allows nursing students to make mistakes and learn.

The SimMom mannequin can simulate childbirth and also can be used to even do a simulation of C-sections. Many hospitals in the area will not let male nursing students to be admitted into delivery rooms. This gives the male students the chance to be exposed to medical procedures that they may not be able to get in any other way.

She noted that this Sim Lab will allow more teamwork to take place with many nursing students from other university campuses. This will help the University of Arkansas to get their Gold Standard Certification. It also will provide the university with many more research opportunities, create better partnerships with local hospitals, and be useful for certification of faculty.

As assistant professor noted that this new laboratory will give more realistic clinical work and better experiential learning for nursing students. It also will allow for more effective simulated hospital clinical experiences to be done in the lab, which is a better risk free learning opportunity for students.

Other professors state that having a SimMan 3G is almost as good as having a real patient. The newest SimMan will measure the quality of the student’s CPR and will provide real time feedback. Wound models also can be hooked up to a blood reservoir in the device, which can bleed from arteries and veins.

University of Arkansas is just one of many strong nursing programs offered today in the US. There also are many other excellent nursing schools, some offered online and with no GRE requirement.

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