Wegmans School of Nursing Simulation Center Opens
St. John Fisher College officials held a ribbon-cutting and dedication event on Tuesday, October 22, to formally open the Wegmans School of Nursing Simulation Center. Dr. Donald Bain, President; Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing; Senator Joe Robach; Board Chairman Vic Salerno, and several faculty, staff, and nursing students cut the ribbon, symbolizing the continued growth of the program.
“This is a wonderful day for our nursing students and faculty, but it is also a wonderful day for local healthcare. We are preparing young men and women who will one day be on the front lines of healthcare, taking care of us, our families, our friends; and they are receiving the best education using the most cutting-edge technology available today,” said Bain.
Construction on the two-story, 10,400-square foot addition began in January 2013, and was completed in time for the beginning of this academic year. The new space adds classrooms, faculty offices, and a new state-of-the-art simulation center, mirroring an actual hospital unit with five individual simulation rooms with specialized medical equipment, a control room for faculty simulation facilitation, and debriefing rooms.
“This new center provides us the opportunity to expand opportunities for clinical simulation to our students, which are an integral part of nursing education today. The simulation experiences help students build confidence and challenge them to think in complex and complicated ways. The enhanced training our students will receive will place them at the forefront of nursing education and entry-level clinical competence, and position them as new leaders in professional practice,” said Cooney Miner.
The center also gives students experience using a Pyxis MedStation system, the leading automated dispensing system supporting decentralized medication management. According to the nursing faculty, this technology is a crucial part of the student’s training, as it will help them prevent medication errors and make them more safe and competent in their practice.
Senator Joe Robach was successful in securing New York State funding for the project. Additional support was provided by the Glover-Crask Charitable Trust and the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.
"I'm so pleased to be able to help secure funding for St. John Fisher College's new Wegmans School of Nursing Simulation Center. This new facility will help attract nursing students from across the state, and will serve as another valuable healthcare asset for the greater Rochester community," said Senator Robach.
The simulation experience complements the nursing students’ clinical rotations, thus reinforcing the experiential learning component of the nursing curriculum. Approximately 90% of Fisher nursing students work and reside in Rochester upon graduation.