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Nursing Lab 2.0

Nursing Department Chair Catherine Thomas explains the functionality of the nursing lab's new resident manikins during an April 11 open house. (Photo by John Atashian).

By Loretta Waldman

The CCSU Department of Nursing officially opened its new state-of-the-art lab in Copernicus Hall on April 11. The 4,771-square-foot space is nearly three times the size of the nursing department’s old home in Barnard Hall. It features 10 new offices, an expanded learning laboratory, and six simulation rooms, each dedicated to a specific area of care.

Inside the rooms are several new manikins used by students to develop skills such as monitoring a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure. The so called “high fidelity” manikins can be programmed to speak about pain. Newer ones expel blood and have dilating pupils.

The Department of Nursing had outgrown its space in Barnard Hall and its equipment needed a technology update. President Zulma R. Toro called the upgrade the most impressive she has seen to campus infrastructure since her arrival just over a year ago. “These changes will open the nursing program up to more students, and having more students will allow Central to help people who don’t have access to medical care,” Toro noted. “This will enable us to offer more, free wellness clinics and make an even bigger impact on the community.”

(Photo by John Atashian)

Nursing Department Chair Catherine Thomas said the level of excitement among students, faculty, and staff since the move is noticeable.

“The sounds coming from the lab, the voices and hearing everyone working together, has been great,” she said. “The layout we designed is better than I expected. I feel so pleased and fulfilled that it is working out even better than I had hoped.”

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