Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Oct. 22 Columbia University School of Nursing Day in New York City to celebrate the school breaking ground on its new state-of-the-art facility in Washington Heights.
This new building will allow the school to provide even better training to its students, offering them the chance to learn in realistic clinical settings and encouraging greater collaboration between fellow students, instructors and mentors, de Blasio said in the proclamation. I applaud Columbia Nursing on this terrific accomplishment, and look forward to its dedicated faculty and talented students continuing to improve the health of people across our city and beyond.
The new building will be constructed at 168th Street and Audubon Avenue, a few blocks from its current facility at 617 W. 168th St. in Upper Manhattan.
The seven-story structure will feature a sunlit atrium lobby, rooftop garden terrace and a two-floor, state-of-the-art simulation center equipped with lifelike manikins that imitate real-life medical conditions, according to a news release.
The future of nursing and nursing education will soon have a new address, Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and senior vice president of the Columbia University Medical Center, said in the release Our new building brings renewed focus to our education and research mission at a time when advanced practice nurses are playing an ever-greater role in the healthcare delivery system.
The new building, designed by architectural firm CO|FXFOWLE to achieve LEED silver designation for environment-friendly structures, also will feature flexible areas accommodating either large or small group learning, as well as students seeking space for individual study.