Hiram College

The grant from the GAR Foundation will fund a 1,876 square-foot state-of-the-art nursing simulation skills laboratory.

Hiram College received a $100,000 grant from the GAR Foundation to install a simulation skills laboratory for Hiram’s new nursing program. The lab will be part of the renovation of the second floor of Teachout-Price Hall which will become the home of the nursing program.

In 2007, Hiram College established a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program, a direct result of efforts to grow the academic programs and the enrollment at the institution. Hiram’s B.S.N. program extends the institution’s strengths in the sciences and interdisciplinary studies to a field that is experiencing workforce shortages nationally, as well as regionally. The program welcomed its first class of 37 students in the fall of 2007.

Integral to building a distinctive nursing program is the creation of highly specialized and devoted facilities that include a clinical simulation skills lab. The lab will provide Hiram’s nursing students the opportunity to learn in an environment that reflects the current technology found in the health care field. Dr. Davina Gosnell, Hiram’s nursing program director, has been working with Ugrinov Associates, Inc. to design the 11,469-square-foot nursing program suite on the second floor of Teachout-Price Hall. Urginov Associates, Inc., a space planning and interior design practice in Chicago and Cleveland, specializes in corporate work with a client list including public relations firms, banks, and medical facilities.

Hiram’s nursing simulation skills lab will provide a dynamic environment of high-tech equipment, representative of what nurses find in today’s workplace, and the latest simulated models: SimMan®, SimBaby®, Surgical Sally®, Resuci® CPR manikins, and other simulation procedure models. The 1,876-square-foot lab includes both acute (hospital unit) and primary (examination room) workstations where demonstration, simulation, and supervised practice can occur. The lab will be equipped with a ceiling video camera, recording equipment, projector, screens, and monitor for demonstration, as well as skill assessment and critique. Designed to complement Hiram’s distinctive nursing curriculum and program, the lab will provide an excellent clinical foundation for our nursing students and allow them to seamlessly transition from student to professional.