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Longwood nursing program receives $150,000 grant

June 22, 2010

Longwood University's nursing program has received a $150,000 grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation to support phase one of the Clinical Simulation Learning Center. Scheduled for completion by the end of July, the Clinical Simulation Learning Center includes two clinical skills labs, one health assessment lab, one patient simulator lab, and two debriefing stations.

The grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation is the second significant gift to benefit the establishment of Longwood's Clinical Simulation Learning Center. In August 2009, Longwood received a $1,000,000 gift from Farmville physician Dr. Edward I. Gordon to fund the Clinical Simulation Learning Center.  This is the largest gift from a local donor in the history of the university.  

"The use of simulated clinical experiences for nursing and other healthcare provider students and practitioners is expanding rapidly, and research demonstrates its effectiveness," said Dr. Melody Eaton, director of the nursing program. "Well-designed simulations allow students to work with authentic problems, synthesize data, make clinical decisions, learn skills, and reflect on their own and their team's practice."

Longwood's first cohort of nursing students will use the labs when they begin clinical nursing courses in fall 2010.

Longwood launched its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program in fall 2009 with the goal of increasing the number of bachelor's prepared registered nurses in Virginia and the Southside region.  The program, administered through the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to accommodate 30-35 students per year, with 120-130 students to be enrolled in the program by 2013.  

The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation provides support to not-for-profit, tax-exempt health and health care related organizations in order to improve health and health care in Richmond and central Virginia.

To learn more about Longwood's BSN program visit www.longwood.edu/nursing or contact the Admissions Office at 1.800.281.4677