AU To Host Ribbon Cutting For Nursing Sim Lab March 9

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Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University will host a ribbon cutting for its School of Nursing and Kinesiology’s new-and-improved nursing simulation lab March 9 at 3 p.m. The lab received upgrades thanks to the gifts of generous donors during AU’s Called To Soar focused fundraising initiative.

“We have appreciated our donors very much this year,” said Richelle Wilson, simulation director. “We have received some significant donations that will allow us to purchase more equipment and provide a better experience for our students.”

The simulation lab is a room of manikins, models, and simulated patients that allow the School of Nursing to provide students with clinical experiences that aren’t guaranteed when students are at their clinicals. The lab includes SimMan3G, SimBaby, and SimChild models to ensure a realistic experience.

“Called to Soar focused on creating an outstanding experience for our students,” said Jen Hunt, vice president for advancement. “It is heartwarming to see how our alumni and other donors were inspired to support our students. We believe that AU meets an important need by training highly-skilled, compassionate nurses – and we are so grateful for the donors who agree and invest in this worthy cause.”

As students at Anderson University prepare to enter the field of nursing, it is important for them to be knowledgeable about the latest technology used in the hospitals where they will be working. The recent donations during the Called To Soar initiative ensure that the lab will remain cutting-edge for AU students.

In addition, the AU School of Nursing recently announced a new partnership with Community Hospital Anderson. 

“AU SON and Community Hospital Anderson are excited to announce an academic-practice partnership in launching a Dedicated Education Unit at Community Hospital Anderson,” said Dr. Lynn Schmidt, dean of the School of Nursing and Kinesiology. “The DEU clinical model strives to integrate students more solidly in the culture of the unit and to provide a more realistic experience of being and thinking like a nurse. DEU research indicates this model creates a well-prepared and confident graduate with the potential of a more seamless transition into practice.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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