Ashland University’s new Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences building is already causing some major waves in the nursing world.
Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, called the building one of the top nursing facilities in the country and this statement was echoed by Lucas Huang, founder of B-Line Medical, the company that created the software and designed the simulators in the new building.
“This is one of the most sophisticated nursing institutions we’ve done to date,” Huang said, after noting that he was very impressed with the overall facility. B-Line has created systems for more than 200 hospitals, medical schools and nursing programs internationally.
Grund said the highlight of the building is the Simulation Center, where students can learn to prioritize and delegate patient care by moving between four patient simulators at a time.
The new facility features a number of clinical laboratories including a Health Foundations lab, Family Health lab, Adult Health lab, Complex Health lab, ICU/CCU/NICU, Advanced Care lab, Community Health Home Care lab, and four patient examination labs.
Other spaces in the building will include traditional classrooms, faculty/staff offices, student study and lounge areas, and student support spaces.
“We have the capacity to educate 350 nurses in the building at a time and we hope to grow the program to 750 nurses over the next five years,” Grund said.
The building actually opened for fall nursing classes on Aug. 20.
Ashland University nursing students complete their first two years of the program on the Ashland University campus in Ashland and then move to the Mansfield campus for the last two years of education and clinical studies.