“The College of New Rochelle has a
long standing reputation for educating nurses who are academically
prepared to provide care with a holistic perspective including the
mind, body, and spirit, and ready to address healthcare needs of
individuals, families, and groups. We are able to do so with a strong
faculty who provide personal attention to each student. ”
Learning Resource Center for Nursing
School of Nursing
The College of
tell us a little about your nursing background.
Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia with a diploma in
nursing. I practiced in pediatrics from general to I.C.U., cardiac
catheterization, and emergency room. At the time, no programs existed
for an R.N. to B.S. as we have now. Therefore, as I moved around, I
attended many colleges with various majors. After my children were
born, I went back to college to realize that all of my interests were
included in nursing. I worked in child abuse prevention education for
20 years and provided programs on various topics from child abuse to
geriatrics. I finished my R.N.B.S. at C.W. Post College, Long Island
University and received a masters degree in nursing education at Molloy
College in New York. I am currently in a doctoral program in
Educational Leadership and Educational Technology at the University of
are the classes in the School of Nursing that you teach?
health assessment, psycho-social nursing, leadership, psychiatric
clinical, and some other courses, I currently teach Fundamentals of
Nursing with Dr. Geraldine Valencia-Go Go here at CNR, and I work with
Nursing II and IV students with simulations.
us what the Learning Resource Center for Nursing—the LCN—is all about.
Resource Center for Nursing (LCN) is a multipurpose facility located in
the lower level of Angela Hall.
We offer two nursing skills laboratories. These include diagnostic/
clinical decision making tools and equipment. The annex lab is a state
of the art area for health assessment for undergraduates and graduates.
The LCN video/DVD center, for example, offers an assortment of 650
videos (many updated) covering nursing specific topics. Students are
given their own copies of necessary skill sets on DVD format along with
their Advanced Technology Incorporated (ATI) books. Currently, we have
three TV/Video/DVD players and several TV/Video players along with
desktop computers and laptop computers for students who do not bring
Two computer laboratories are available for student use. Both
laboratories are equipped with a wide variety of nursing software to
support and enhance classroom learning. The LCN also has 100 CD ROM
programs, most of which are interactive nursing learning programs and
case studies. We have “MicroSims,” an interactive simulation program
for students to practice hospital-based care. In addition, the LCN has
streaming video available both in-house and at home for Bates Health
One half of the large computer laboratory now houses two nursing units
with mobile walls. One room is a full obstetrical suite, complete with
a motorized manikin who delivers a baby and special neonatal equipment.
Several “infants” are available for practicing skills. The second room
is a full intensive care suite with all necessary, modern equipment.
The computerized manikin simulates heart and lung sounds, blood
pressure, electrocardiogram impulses, and she/he speaks. Various
medical-surgical “patients” can be set up in the lab.
We also have a home care suite, living room-bedroom, bathroom, and
kitchen with a manikin. Community Health students learn to perform a
home assessment prior to going out with a visiting nurse. Thanks to the
Verizon grant, we instituted Telenursing into the suite. This is the
first in a college program. The electronic equipment for video and
distance observation is slated to be set up soon.
have mentioned that nurses today have to arrive on the job ready to
work, so these rooms and this equipment prepares them?
point of view, every week of orientation for a new nurse costs them for
salary, benefits, and educators. The more prepared new nurses are for
the “real world,” the more desirable the graduates are for the
hospitals. Our equipment and simulations especially, help in this
changes do you see occurring in your area for preparing students for
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning
(INACSL) will vote on standards for simulation. Once this vote goes
through, standardized learning objectives and scenarios for simulations
will be the norm. Currently, when a student graduates from an
accredited nursing school, they take the state board exams (NCLEX) in
order to practice. The plan is that in the near future, the boards will
not only be the computer exam. Students will need to go to an approved
simulation center and pass a simulation to pass their boards.
Therefore, simulation experience is a necessary part of nursing
do you think that CNR School of Nursing is a good choice for any
New Rochelle has a long standing reputation for educating nurses who
are academically prepared to provide care with a holistic perspective
including the mind, body, and spirit, and ready to address healthcare
needs of individuals, families, and groups. We are able to do so with a
strong faculty who provide personal attention to each student. .
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