Xavier University’s School of Nursing has won a grant of $283,781 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to purchase lab equipment. The purchases will enhance the teaching and learning environment in the School’s newly-renovated skills and simulation laboratories.
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as stimulus funding, was the source of the grant. It’s the first and only stimulus funding Xavier has received.
The equipment in the laboratories enables Xavier to teach professional nursing practice skills to graduate students in the nurse educator concentration for the Master of Science in Nursing. The program has more than 160 students who are learning to use advanced technology to enhance their skills in a number of applications including: wound and trauma care, intravenous drug administration, applied infection control principles, complex medication administration, real-time identification of heart sounds to pre-licensure students, use of advanced health assessment skills in simulations, and, for future nurse educators, use of advanced teaching technology.
Equipment to be purchased with the grant money includes a trauma kit, IV pumps, adult and infant IV simulators, ventilator, four advanced catheterization models and two medication dispensing units. In addition, four beds, head walls and medium fidelity mannequins will be placed in the expanded lab space.
As a result of this additional grant, federal and state funding for Xavier’s School of Nursing for 2010-2011 now totals just under $1.5 million.