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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 21, 2006

UI Nursing Education Center Opens

Nursing and university leaders will dedicate the University of Iowa Nursing Clinical Education Center, created to meet the learning needs of both professional nursing staff and students, during a special event from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Located on the fourth level of the General Hospital in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the center provides a learning environment of the highest quality to enrich the educational experience and to improve patient care now and in the future. The Nursing Clinical Education Center resulted from a joint effort between the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Nursing.

The $6 million, 20,000-square-foot center is a state-of-the-art educational facility available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In the center, staff and students will learn how to provide safe, effective and compassionate care before providing direct care to patients. Staff will use the facility for simulation training, educational enrichment, orientation training and competency review. 

Instruction is provided by nurse educators, faculty and practicing clinicians. Cutting-edge educational technology is located in an 11-room clinical simulation lab where learners experience sophisticated and complex nursing care in specialty and clinical situations.

The simulation lab offers technological and information systems support in the following areas: high-fidelity patient simulation, perioperative, pediatric intensive care unit (ICU), neonatal ICU, general pediatrics, adult medical surgical care, adult critical care, and pediatric and adult ambulatory care.

Other features of the center include:

-- An 86-seat classroom (which can be split into two classrooms), 36- and 34-seat classrooms, 24- and 30-seat conference rooms, and a 10-seat computer lab for additional didactic and meeting needs.

-- A resource library and several gathering spaces that allow for private study or interactive learning on a more informal basis.

-- Space for housing the hospitals' Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care Education Center and the UI College of Nursing Learning Resource Center offices.

Financial support for the center was part of the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" fund-raising campaign. Opportunities through the UI Foundation are available for continued support.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore (writer), 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media representatives are invited to a special tour of the UI Nursing Clinical Education Center beginning at 1 p.m. Aug. 25. Contact Tom Moore at 319-356-3945 for details.