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Mount Saint Mary’s University's nursing students to experience the realities of low-income families in Poverty Simulation Lab

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Los Angeles, Sept. 17, 2013 — On Thursday, September 19, media are invited to come witness a unique poverty simulation lab at Mount Saint Mary’s University. During the simulation, the College's nursing students will role-play the lives of low-income families. Students will be tasked with navigating various health, government and community resources in order to provide food, shelter, medicine and other basic necessities for their families.

Developed by the Missouri Association for Community Action, Thursday will mark the first time that the respected Community Action Poverty Simulation has been run in California. The goal of the simulation is to give Mount St. Mary's nursing students an empathy and understanding for those who live in poverty.


  • Fifty students from Mount St. Mary's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will go through the simulation. Thirty other members of the College's faculty, staff and student body will participate as volunteers.
  • Students will be assigned to different "families" and will try to survive the simulation on the limited resources that they are given. A variety of cause-and-effect scenarios will take place throughout the simulation.


  • Diane Vines, PhD, Mount Saint Mary’s University's new dean of nursing, will be available for interviews. Vines has helped to create four new community health simulations at the College to provide realistic clinical experiences for students. In addition to her role as dean, Vines is an expert on post-traumatic stress disorder and is the principal investigator in a national study on women who have been prostituted or trafficked.
  • Nursing students who go through the Community Action Poverty Simulation can also be made available for interviews after the simulation is complete.

Thursday, September 19
10-11:15 a.m.

Mount Saint Mary’s University's Chalon Campus
12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences. Primarily a women's college, Mount St. Mary's has a diverse student body, with 50 percent of our students the first in their families to attend college. We are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. To learn more, visit

About Mount Saint Mary’s University's Nursing Programs
In 1952, Mount St. Mary's created the first-ever Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the state of California. Since then, the College has added Associate of Arts, Master of Science and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, as well as a new RN to BSN Completion Program. All of the College's nursing programs are based on the Roy Adaptation Model of professional nursing care that is widely used around the world, and focuses on understanding the cultural, emotional and physical issues facing each patient, and providing them with sensitive, respectful care. The Roy Adaptation Model was developed by Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63, a Mount St. Mary's alumna and former chair of the Mount's nursing program.

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