College of Health and Human Services Dean Fred Baldini offers his view about the direction of the School of Nursing.
School of Nursing Chair Carolynn Goetze explains the impact The Campaign for Nursing will have students, faculty and the community.
Sacramento State’s nursing program has more than five decades of success, with many of our graduates living and working in the immediate region. Yet the need for more talented nurses is more pressing than ever before: Studies show California can expect a shortage of 12,000 registered nurses by 2014, which could have a devastating impact on our region’s health care services.
The Campaign for Nursing ensures that Sacramento State’s School of Nursing will help prepare the best of these health care professionals. Our move to Folsom Hall significantly increased the amount of classroom and laboratory space available for student use—from 10,000 to 60,000 square feet—and boosted the number of high-fidelity simulation laboratories from two to seven. Those changes are significant, not only to the program, but to California, because it means we can graduate more students while providing an even greater level of education.
Our campaign priorities comprise $1.8 million in private support to secure the future of nursing in California. The program was catalyzed by a $500,000 leadership gift from The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation to help fund a clinical simulation lab. In response, the University Foundation at Sacramento State has pledged to raise $500,000 in matching funds. To date, we have raised more than $1.35 million. The public participation phase of The Campaign for Nursing launched in September 2011 and will include an alumni-led Class Leader Initiative.