Nursing Lab Dedicated (9/17/2008)
Holy Family University recently marked the opening of its newly renovated Nursing Simulation and Practice Laboratory. The estimated $1 million renovation on the third floor of the Nurse Education Building is a sleek and high-tech expansion of the facility which faculty and students have been using.

The Simulation and Practice Lab features three nursing simulation rooms, practice rooms for fundamental skills and health assessment, and a conference room. The simulation rooms resemble hospital care units and include life-sized training mannequins that mimic various medical conditions.

One of the simulation rooms bears the nameplate “Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center Maternity Simulation Lab”. It is so named for that institution’s long-standing clinical partnership with nursing faculty and students at Holy Family University as well as Holy Redeemer’s kind support of the renovation project.

The renovation was made possible with support from the US Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center, and generous gifts from Holy Family University Board of Trustees, alumni and faculty.

During a private dedication ceremony held September 15, officials who helped make the renovation possible spoke about the importance of supporting institutions like Holy Family University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Speakers included Shelly Urofsky, Vice President of Holy Redeemer Health System and Chief Operating Officer of Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center; US Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th), David R. Ranck, Interim Executive Director of Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers, Pennsylvania state Department of Labor and Industry; Christine Rosner, PhD, Dean of Holy Family’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions; and Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, President of Holy Family University.

After the ceremony, Holy Family nursing faculty and students led tours of the laboratory rooms and demonstrated how they are used. Teachers and students began using the new laboratory shortly after the August 27 start of the fall semester.

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