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Nursing Program Receives $55,000 Donation for Simulation Devices

Published: September 09, 2008

The University of Tampa’s nursing program has received $55,000 from The Walter Foundation to purchase simulation equipment and training modules to simulate actual health care scenarios.
The foundation previously had given $300,000 to help fund construction of the nursing skills lab.

The $55,000 donation, which was gifted to UT last spring, funded such items as:

  • A two-day on-site workshop on the basic use of the SimMan and SimBaby simulators.
  • A MobilSim digital audio-recording system. MobilSim is a digital recording, data collection and assessment solution which allows the flexibility of digitally capturing a simulation session anywhere; managing participants; debriefing; evaluating; and exporting raw data from a portable stand-alone unit.
  • Nursing scenarios for the SimMan Patient Simulator. The scenarios range from obtaining vital signs to recognizing and managing life threatening complications.
  • A refurbished maternal birthing bed and infant warmer.
  • A RhythmSim Arrhythmia Simulator for use with the ECG machine.
Maria Warda, professor of nursing and director of the nursing program, said that simulation is a huge expense for nursing schools, so this donation is especially critical.

“All of the equipment the donation funded is state of the art,” Warda said. “And it is very much needed to provide students with the absolute best nursing education.”

UT offers four nursing programs: a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), a registered nurse (RN) to BSN degree program, a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program and an RN to BSN/MSN program. All of UT’s nursing programs are accredited with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).