|| The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
has awarded a $60,000 grant to Marymount University to purchase state-of-the-art
computer-networked cameras, screens, and recording equipment for the
nursing laboratories in the University's new academic building for
the sciences and health sciences, Caruthers Hall, which is now under
The nursing labs to be outfitted include a health assessment laboratory,
two clinical skills laboratories, and a simulation laboratory. They
will replicate clinics found in hospital and agency settings, so
that students' skills can be tested in realistic patient-care scenarios.
Previously, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation provided funding
for Marymount to purchase a pediatric patient simulator. The University
also has a SimMan® adult simulator and a baby simulator. The
cameras and recording equipment purchased with this latest grant
from the Foundation will be another critical part of the interactive,
hands-on career preparation that Marymount provides for its nursing
From diagnosing breathing and heart-rate abnormalities to practicing
skills like intubation, defibrillation, and IV insertion, the students
will be able to develop their knowledge and skills in a controlled
environment that is as close to the real-world experience as possible.
Dr. Tess Cappello, dean of Marymount's School of Health Professions,
points out, "Hands-on practice is essential to competence."
She adds, "This new equipment will also enable our instructors
to develop individualized teaching profiles, to ensure that students
master every aspect of their clinical education and develop their
Caruthers Hall is part of Marymount University's 26th Street project,
which also includes a student residence hall and an underground
parking garage. Classes are scheduled to begin in Caruthers Hall
in January 2011, and Dr. Cappello is excited about getting students
into the new nursing laboratories. She observes, "These facilities
will provide our students with the optimal learning environment.
We are grateful for the Claude Moore Foundation's generosity, which
will have a direct, positive impact on nursing education at Marymount
University, helping us prepare our students to provide the highest
level of patient care."