The hospital simulation lab project at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) received additional funding from the state last Thursday, June 30, when Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation that included $1.25 million in MoExcels funds for the project.
The state funds will be added to $2.5 million from the federal government approved earlier this year to build the simulation lab at Looney Hall. University officials said the $3.75 million in federal and state funding should cover the costs of construction.
“Once again, Gov. Parson has shown his great support for MSU-WP with his approval of funding for our new hospital simulation training lab through his MoExcels grant program,” Chancellor Dennis Lancaster said. “This funding, together with federal monies from a directed appropriation sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt will enable us to construct and equip this lab to benefit our faculty and students in the teaching and learning process.”
“I am thrilled funding for this project was approved,” said Dr. Michael Orf, dean of academic affairs. “We have discussed the need for this project for some time, and we’re honored that we’ve been entrusted to build a great new space for our nursing program. We are excited for the opportunity to add another great learning space for our students.”
What the lab will include
When the one-floor renovation on the north side of Looney Hall is complete, the hospital simulation lab will provide realistic spaces for training students to treat patients needing care in a variety of settings, including obstetrics, pediatrics, intensive care, emergency room and a doctor’s office.
In addition, it will provide space to run multiple simulation scenarios at the same time and create transitional spaces to train professionals as certified nurse assistants (CNA), medical assistants and community behavioral health workers.
Ultimately, the funding will give MSU-WP the opportunity to make the changes needed to stay competitive with other nursing schools by offering students a modern, comprehensive simulated clinical experience.
“An expanded simulation hospital floor will allow the students in this division to train in the most realistic environment available,” said Amy Ackerson, associate dean of nursing and allied health. “The graduates will be more prepared for their employment by having practiced their skills in a modern, realistic and safe training facility.
“The faculty could not be more excited for the next level of simulation we will be able to provide for our students,” she added.
For more information about the MSU-WP nursing program and how to apply, visit WP.MissouriState.edu/Nursing.