Columbia University School of Nursing was awarded a $6.5 million grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for three projects that will educate future nurse leaders.
“This generous gift from the Helene Fuld Health Trust — the largest single donation in our school’s 123-year history — will enable us to continue a tradition of leadership in nursing education, preparing world-class nurses to meet the challenges of today’s dynamic health care environment,” Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Columbia Nursing, said in a news release.
Funding will support the development of the Helene Fuld Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art simulation learning laboratory where students will hone their skills on high-tech manikins before entering the clinical environment. The simulation lab will be housed in the new building at the SON, which is under construction.
The new center will include a variety of realistic care settings, such as patient exam rooms, a critical care unit and delivery and OR rooms that will help students develop their skills, as well as audio-visual technology that will allow instructors to play back a sequence of events and provide real-time feedback to students, according to the release.
The center will more than quadruple the school’s current simulation space. This will allow Columbia Nursing to incorporate simulated learning into all of its clinical programs and to educate more than 800 students during the academic year, according to the release.
The funds also will finance the expansion of the Helene Fuld Scholarship Fund by providing increased financial aid for students entering the accelerated master’s degree and doctor of nursing practice programs. “These clinicians of the future will be fully equipped to make major contributions to educating, caring for, and treating individuals, families, and communities as well as play key roles in advocating and formulating progressive healt care policy,” Berkowitz said in the release.
Last, the funds will establish the Helene Fuld Institute for Excellence in Simulation, which help disseminate best simulation practices throughout the field of nursing.
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