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Campus Digest UNCW School of Nursing Built for $30.1 million with state funding approved by N.C. General Assembly 75,000 square feet of academic and program space 10,000 square feet of simulation laboratory space 10 classrooms and 200-seat lecture hall “Smart” classrooms with media presentation technology for instructor use including a computer, LCD projector, document camera, DVD media playback and sound system 50-seat distance education classroom to support off-site programming, particularly the Onslow County Extension Program 188 pre-licensure students working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 74 students in RN to BSN program 81 students working toward a Master of Science in Nursing “Other than getting up and walking, he is like a real patient,” said Debbie Pollard, pre-licensure program coordinator. “With the simulation labs, students will see clinical situations they may never see in an actual clinical setting,” School of Nursing Director James McCann explained. Faculty overseeing the demonstrations can modify simulator programming by inserting changes to the condition of the “patient,” testing students on their protocol methods during an emergency situation and helping them develop the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to be good practitioners. “Airplane pilots were the first to use simulators. That’s how the nursing and medical fields got the idea to do it,” said Anne Zabriskie, simulation learning center coordinator. “This is definitely the way nursing education is going nationally.” 47 students working toward undergraduate degrees in clinical research 31 full-time, 12 part-time faculty

UNCW Magazine Fall 2010

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