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TitleUSD Hahn School of Nursing to Receive $40,000 Grant from County of San Diego
ContactLiz Harman
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San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts will present a $40,000 grant award to the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science on Wednesday, June 30.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the nursing school’s state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation and Standardized Patient Laboratory, which provides clinical skills education to graduate nursing students. Designed to fill a gap in area hospitals and clinics by training graduate-level nurses, the laboratory has become a unique educational resource in Southern California. The laboratory uses trained “patient” actors and programmed robotic equipment to simulate primary care, acute care and emergency scenarios to ensure that students develop the full range of clinical skills prior to treating patients.

Commonly used in medical schools, this type of laboratory is rare in nursing schools. The County of San Diego, through a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant, has provided major funding for the nursing laboratory and classrooms for several years, totaling close to $300,000, which includes the latest grant to support audio-visual technology development for online and off-site learning. During the event, students and professors will demonstrate the laboratory’s capabilities.

With a trauma center, birthing area and nursing station, the laboratory can simulate a variety of critical care and emergency situations. A life-size mannequin, for example, can deliver a newborn infant in 10 minutes or 10 hours in a process that can be entirely routine or high-risk and fraught with problems. In a process of “360 degree” learning, the student’s performance is digitally recorded and evaluated by their peers, the clinical instructor and the patient actors.

“We are very pleased that the County and Supervisor Roberts have continued to recognize the innovative and important benefits the laboratory provides to alleviate the severe nursing shortage through the preparation of nurse faculty and advanced practice nurses who will educate future generations of nurses,” said USD Hahn School of Nursing Dean Sally Brosz Hardin.

“Our Neighborhood Reinvestment Program supports critical educational resources for the San Diego Community,” said Supervisor Roberts. “In this case, we are supporting the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, which as the sole graduate-only school of nursing in San Diego drives both the supply and quality of nursing for San Diego and the Southern California region.”

USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is ranked in the top 10 percent of graduate nursing schools, out of more than 600 nationally.

Media wishing to attend the event should use the west entrance to USD on Linda Vista Road, off Morena Blvd. After proceeding past the public safety kiosk, media should turn left into the Alcala Park West campus where the laboratory is located.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law, and Nursing and Health Sciences.

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