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The Clinical Simulation Fund

Technology in health care is advancing even more rapidly than in other sectors of business. It is considered standard practice in the education of health care professionals (physicians, nurses, EMTs) to utilize clinical simulation mannequins. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) is the only baccalaureate program in Alabama that does not have this technology available to students. The Clinical Simulation Fund ($400,000) would provide the mechanism for the CNHS to deliver nursing education in a state-of-the-art fashion. SimMan® is a portable and advanced patient simulator for team training. SimMan® has realistic anatomy and clinical functionality. SimMan® provides simulation-based education to challenge and test students' clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenario (Laerdal, 2007).

The CNHS Computer Lab Fund

Computerized testing is considered a "best practice" for the educational process for nursing programs. The licensure exam, NCLEX, is delivered via computerized testing; thus, it is recommended that students become acquainted with that methodology prior to licensure. Additionally, computerized testing allows for heightened security measures that support academic integrity. Instant feedback is provided students (thus enhancing the learning process), and item analysis of test items can be automatically generated with tests delivered electronically. Currently, the CNHS can accommodate one-half the number of students needing computerized testing. An additional computer lab for sixty-five students would allow 100% testing in the CNHS. The CNHS Computer lab Fund ($100,000) would provide access for computerized testing for all nursing students.

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