Sep 27, 2010 5:06 PM by Greg Boyce
The Nursing Department at Colorado State University-Pueblo's has received a grant of nearly $400,000 to provide the latest simulation technology used to train nurses. The funds were granted by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.
More than half of the grant will be used for equipment, supplies, and construction related to its implementation. A simulation specialist also will be hired in order to oversee simulation operations.
According to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence the state suffers a severe nursing shortage that will worsen to 31 percent by 2020 in the absence of sustained and strategic actions to increase the supply of nursing students, graduates and new practitioners.
"Simulated hospital care, emergency response, and critical care experiences provide opportunities for students to practice providing care before entering the health care facilities," said Associate Dean of Nursing Donna Wofford. "Simulation equipment and labs are high-tech and require specialized skill to setup, operate, and maintain."