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St. John Fisher gets grant for nursing annex upgrades

Rochester Business Journal
May 2, 2013

St. John Fisher College has received a $300,000 grant to make upgrades to its new nursing annex.

The grant, which comes from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, Cayuga County, allows St. John Fisher to outfit the Wegmans School of Nursing’s new intensive care unit and obstetrics simulation rooms, officials said. The rooms are under construction in nursing school’s new annex, set to open in the fall.

With the grant, St. John Fisher will purchase medical equipment and furniture to replicate ICU and birthing room settings. There now will be more opportunities for clinical simulation in the annex, said Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing.

“These expanded opportunities are an integral part of nursing education today, assisting students to build confidence and competence and challenging them to think in complex and complicated ways,” Miner said in a statement.

The simulation will complement the clinical rotation of nursing students, which reinforces experiential learning in the nursing curriculum, officials said.

The two-story, 10,400 square-foot addition to the existing 42,000-square-foot building is to include classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices to accommodate the growth in the program.

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