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School of Nursing receives new learning tool through the good graces of SJMC


April 27, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Students of Avila University's School of Nursing will have a new piece of equipment with which to simulate practical learning beginning next fall.

incubatorThe School of Nursing recently accepted a full-size incubator – used for infants born with complications or other serious medical conditions - for use in the lab. The incubator, which is non-functional, was a gift from St. Joseph Medical Center. It's the first time the school has had an actual incubator in the lab and should prove a valuable learning tool for Avila's nursing students, according to Lynn Gallagher, RN, BSN, adjunct instructor and lab coordinator.

incubator"What our use will be is to use it with students in simulations," Gallagher said. "We've not had anything like this in the past. We're looking for anything to help increase the realism for students. This will just give another level of realism for the student when in this type of learning environment.

"I look forward to using it in the fall, when students start their rotations."

Gallagher said the School of Nursing approached St. Joseph Medical Center about donating discarded equipment and said it's donations like this which allow the Avila nursing program to remain one of the best in the area.

"We can't do some of the things we want with students without the help of places like St. Joseph," she said. "Their contributions make it possible to do what we do."



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.