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Interactive Nursing school hailed as one of the finest in the nation

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The new Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing building at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas opened Jan. 24, 2010.  The $13 million, 41,000 square foot building features an interactive simulation lab that resembles a modern hospital, complete with ambulance bay, emergency room and intensive care unit. 
Three 3G mannequins — with more to come — provide realistic patient care interactions.  The mannequins can be programmed to exhibit a variety of physical ailments and “respond” based on students’ nursing care.

The new building also includes a 104-seat classroom with computer-enabled desks; the old nursing classrooms could only handle about 55 students at a time.  Donor Lucille DeWitt and the School of Nursing hope the state-of-the-art building will attract and educate students to ease Texas’ severe nursing shortage.

Sources:

http://www.dailysentinel.com/search/content/news/stories/2010/01/25/nursing_ribbon_cut_012510.html?imw=Y

http://www.dailysentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2010/01/24/Nursing_012410.html?imw=Y

Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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