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January 25, 2010


Nursing lab receives $500,000 grant

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Sacramento State’s efforts to help meet California’s urgent need for highly skilled registered nurses will get a significant boost, courtesy of a $500,000 grant from the Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation, Inc.

The gift from the Nevada-based foundation will equip and furnish a clinical simulation lab in the Division of Nursing’s new facilities in Folsom Hall, the former CalSTRS building.

In response, the board of directors for The University Foundation at Sacramento State has pledged to raise $500,000 in matching funds. “We are committed to helping create an outstanding educational environment for Sac State’s nursing students,” says George Crandell, chair of the University Foundation board. 

The new simulation lab will play a key role in the nursing program’s ability to expand the number of nursing students and the preparation they receive. The lab will feature state-of-the-art human patient simulators—mannequins that mimic the symptoms and mannerisms of live patients. These life-size “patients” will enable students to practice techniques and processes they’ve learned in the classroom in a hospital-type environment.

While the University has been using simulated patients on a limited basis, the new lab will improve access and bring the clinical process to play in all types of coursework. “Simulation will give us the ability, in every class, to employ the clinical environment without relying on our fellow agencies to provide services which are in short supply,” says Ann Stoltz, professor and chair of the Division of Nursing.

The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation, Inc. has a history of supporting nursing education programs in California as well as scholarships for students from northern Nevada and southern California. In awarding the gift to Sacramento State, the Doyle Foundation praised Sacramento State for its “dedication to the life-altering potential of learning that balances a liberal arts education with depth of knowledge in a discipline.”


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