The Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation
The University of San Diego Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation stands as a symbol that nursing is indeed a science, as well as an art, and that nursing research and practice save lives. A lead gift of $8 million from Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert Beyster helped make the Institute, which focuses on clinical nursing research, possible.
The 30,000-square-foot, three-story building connects to the current school by a bridge and a plaza. The principal architect for the building is Ed Holakiewicz of gkkworks in San Diego. DPR Construction is the builder for the Institute which was completed in August 2015.
“Our new building is truly designed to prepare the next generation of nurse scientists, educators, executives and advanced practitioners,” Dean Sally Brosz Hardin said. It includes the new and expanded Lizbeth Dickinson Smoyer Nursing Simulation Center, the keystone of the school’s clinical teaching facilities and a national model for nursing education. The center was given by the San Diego-based Dickinson Foundation, which has been a committed supporter of the school for more than a decade.
The Beyster Institute also includes the Krause Family PhD Research Library/Study given by Gale and James Krause, who was a prominent San Diego attorney and member of the USD Board of Trustees who passed away in 2012. The library permits PhD Nursing students to enjoy direct access to online research databases for current and historic, domestic, foreign, and international nursing materials. Other donors include nurse alumni, students, faculty, and staff, and friends of nursing. The Institute's third-floor Research Center houses four research units that focus on critical health care issues of perinatal women’s health; healthy aging, cognition, and end-of-life care; and military and veterans’ physical and mental health. There is also an innovative Elder Adult Laboratory Apartment to assess and conduct research on the elderly’s functional status and activities of daily living, along with high-tech and executive classrooms.