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University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove Receives Equipment and Materials Award

March 9, 2016

New equipment will enhance learning using simulated technology.

Baltimore, Md. –The University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) has received a 2016 Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) Equipment and Materials Award. USG’s award is $108,436.42.

Through the award, USG will receive a new model birthing bed, wound care models, portable two-way mirror panels, mobile medication station, programmable thermometers, and programmable stethoscopes and auscultation trainers to assess heart, lung, and bowel sounds. These items will be used to enhance learning through simulated technology at the USG location. Mary Pat Ulicny, MS ‘11, MHA, RN, CNE, clinical instructor and clinical simulation lab director for UMSON’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at USG, and Nicole E. Smith, MS ‘14, RN, clinical instructor and clinical simulation lab coordinator at USG, submitted the request to MCSRC.

“This generous grant from MCSRC has provided the Universities at Shady Grove with a valuable opportunity to expand simulation encounters, with endless learning possibilities for students across our undergraduate curriculum,” Ulicny said. "The new equipment and manikins will not only enhance realism and fidelity, but will also help improve our faculty’s ability to instruct in the lab and the classroom. These items will provide students with the tools needed to reach their full potential as future nurses, ensuring that they are better prepared to care for patients in a complex, rapidly-changing, health care environment." 

Each year, MCSRC awards $250,000 to qualifying colleges for simulation equipment and materials. Before awarding a grant, MCSRC reviews the necessity of the simulation equipment and its goal and/or purpose. MCSRC also looks at the impact that the simulation equipment and materials are expected to have on the curricula and student enrollment. Additionally, MCSRC must be satisfied with the manner in which the equipment will be sustained and the projected number of student users per semester.

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling more than 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.