CCSU unveils new nursing facility

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CCSU unveils new nursing facility

Post by J.J. » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:22 pm

From HartfordBusiness.com:
To accommodate its growing nursing program, Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday marked the opening of a $1.1 million training facility on its New Britain campus.

The nearly 4,800-square-foot Nursing Learning Center, located in CCSU's Copernicus Hall, has 10 new offices, an expanded learning laboratory and six simulation rooms containing high-tech training manikins.

The simulators can help train nurses to monitor heart rate and blood pressure, among other things, CCSU said.

CCSU has more than 300 nursing students. Its new teaching space is nearly three times larger than the nursing program's previous space, in Barnard Hall.

"These changes will open the nursing program up to more students, and having more students will allow Central to help people who don't have access to medical care," CCSU President Zulma R. Toro said in a statement. "This will enable us to offer additional free wellness clinics and make an even bigger impact on our community."

The university offers two types of undergraduate nursing programs as well as a master's program for nursing in hospice and palliative care.

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Re: CCSU unveils new nursing facility

Post by newbritainite » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:36 am

Perhaps a goal of CCSU is to open a school of nursing as the engineering school vacates Copernicus into the new STEAM building to start soon. I am surprised at the enrollment of this program as it wasn’t too long ago the nursing program was just started.

So Barnard Hall, once the renovation and expansion happens, it will be home of the School of Ed and Graduate School?
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Post by ccsuhoops » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:41 pm

Engineering is leaving? Wasn't that one of the feathers in the ccsu cap?

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Post by Skyhawkct » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:28 pm

Hoops...they will be moving to the new building next to the library. Construction is supposed to start this fall, along with improvements to Barnard.

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Post by ccsuhoops » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:56 pm

Thanks Sky.

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Re: CCSU unveils new nursing facility

Post by J.J. » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:02 am

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Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is opening additional spots for nursing students this fall and providing more teaching tools, including more simulation labs and high-tech mannequins on which to practice, after the recent on-campus relocation and expansion of its nursing training facility.

The $1.1 million project roughly triples CCSU's training space to about 4,800 square feet and is expected to be an attractive marketing tool for potential students looking to enter a field that historically has offered good job prospects.
CCSU's new training center will accept 60 new nursing students this fall, up from 50, thanks to the spacious new facility that provides a sense of entering a hospital wing, with various rooms and mannequins including for pediatrics, maternity, ICU and the ER, with patient monitors tracking vitals bedside just as nurses would see in a hospital. The facility doubled to eight the number of mannequins capable of presenting myriad symptoms and conditions to test students' acumen in lifelike scenarios. Ceiling video cameras can record results for future critiques.

The facility also includes computerized medication-dispensing machines mimicking what nurses will operate on the job, and a "debriefing room" where students can review care scenarios or study.

The new facility is located in the engineering, science and technology building, Nicolaus Copernicus Hall, which is convenient for nursing students taking myriad science classes, Thomas said. The nursing training facility had been in a smaller space across campus in Henry Barnard Hall. With the engineering department eventually getting a new building, nursing is expected to get even more room to grow.

For now, though, the new, larger facility helps satisfy demand for the program, which, like other nursing schools in the state, gets more applicants each year than space available.

"Probably nursing has been one of the only programs in our school that we've actually had to turn away students," said Kimberly T. Kostelis, interim dean of the school of education and professional studies at CCSU, which includes the department of nursing. "We did not have the capabilities of accommodating a larger cohort size, but now our goal is to slowly increase to at least a cohort of 75 each year, so that will definitely help retain the students at CCSU as well," including pre-nursing students who may have been previously unable to get into the program due to space constraints, forcing them to transfer to other nursing programs.
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