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Telehealth Equipment to be Added to Nursing Simulation Laboratory

Dr. Lisa Palmer and Dr. Julia Greenawalt of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions have received a $299,890 grant for their project “Simulation of Telehealth for Education and Practice (STEP).”

The grant will fund the purchase of simulation equipment to recreate a typical community dwelling of a rural patient with a common chronic illness. The technologies will enhance undergraduate nursing education with opportunities to practice nursing care with electronic documentation and telehealth services.

Students will undergo simulation scenarios in a structured laboratory environment. The equipment includes a high-fidelity simulation manikin, a simulated electronic health record/medical record system, telehealth monitoring equipment and nurse’s station unit, and peripheral devices.

The project will ultimately help to control costs and improve patient care and nursing administration by producing entry-level nurses who are better prepared to function in the community health environment.

The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The award is from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Palmer, the primary investigator, is the chairperson of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Greenawalt was instrumental in founding the Simulation Laboratory in the department in 2007. Renovated and expanded in 2009, it consists of a moderate fidelity lab with nine adult manikins, two adolescent manikins, one baby manikin, an IV haptic training unit and other task trainers, and a high-fidelity simulation suite with two simulated hospital rooms, a control/observation room, and the capability to broadcast to nearby classrooms.

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