Mount Hosts Nursing Labs Dedication
Sept. 18, 2005 -- The Mount hosted a dedication in September to celebrate extensive renovations of its nursing skills labs and classrooms with a $558,000 gift from UniHealth Foundation of Los Angeles.
The event, held on the Fritz Burns Building patio, included tours of new nursing labs on the Doheny Campus and featured visits from UniHealth President Mary Odell '69 and David R. Carpenter, UniHealth chair and Chief Executive Officer.
Remodeled labs at the College’s Chalon and Doheny campuses were completed in August with new $29,000 anatomically realistic patient care simulators— the latest in nursing training technology. Each mannequin, known as a "Sim-Man," allows students to navigate a patient’s difficult airway system, practice emergency care procedures, and administer intravenous therapy through a specially designed arm. Students will know if they make a mistake because the simulated human reacts with changing heart rates and blood pressure readings.
The enhancements come as the College is beginning a three-year expansion of its four nursing programs to increase the number of students in training from 500 to 700. The effort will send more highly-qualified nurses into the Los Angeles health care workforce, graduating 260 students each year instead of 160.
Nursing Department Chair Mary Wickman said she expects that offering the latest technology will attract more students to the College’s already robust nursing programs, and solidify the Mount’s place as the region’s best school for well-trained nurses.
In addition to bringing in top-notch technology, new labs and classrooms are designed as student centers with ample seating and computer stations to bring nurses-in-training together to discuss their coursework. At the Chalon Campus, the current lab is being combined with a classroom next door to provide one area for skills learning and a conference table, and another area with a library sitting area, computers, and training equipment.