January 31, 2011
The Research College of Nursing and Rockhurst University recently received a $1 million grant from the “In Thanksgiving to the Blessed Seelos Fund.”
This gift will be used to establish a nursing simulation lab at the Research College of Nursing. It will be called the Seelos Simulation Center in honor of the donor family’s patron, The Blessed St. Francis X. Seelos, C.Ss.R., and it will provide the opportunity for nursing students to get hands-on experience in a controlled environment.
The lab will be constructed in the College’s lower level. Renovation is expected to start this spring, and students will begin using the simulation center in fall 2011.
“The addition of a state-of-the-art simulation center places the nursing program at the cutting-edge of nursing education. The utilization of scenario-based learning will enable students to reflect on their errors and gain valuable lessons for future patient care. This type of environment allows students who are learning appropriate practice techniques to come forward with the goal of improving processes, which in turn, leads to safe patient outcomes,” said Nancy DeBasio, Ph.D., president and dean of the Research College of Nursing.
The Research College of Nursing and Rockhurst University have been partners in nursing education for 30 years. This gift reflects the donor’s great confidence in our partnership and program. This will assist us in transforming an excellent program into an outstanding asset in nursing education for our community.