州长迈克牧师在进步之旅7美元million UMSL Nursing Simulation Laboratories expansion, renovation
With Missouri’s nursing vacancy rate up to 12% statewide, according to the密苏里医院协会，让护士以最高水准教育并进入劳动力从来都不是至关重要的。
Yesterday evening, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Sen. Brian Williams joined the University of Missouri–St. Louis community and stakeholders for a progress tour of anUMSL护理学院有助于解决该州护理短缺的倡议。
700万美元的多相扩展和翻新护理模拟实验室，，，，kicked off last November, is designed to address the shortage by increasing the College of Nursing’s capacity to graduate pre-licensure BSN students by 20%. With Phase 1 of the project completed in time for the start of this academic year, the college has begun work on Phase 2.
“Planning for our new Simulation Laboratories actually began a while ago, when it became apparent that the St. Louis region and Missouri as a whole were facing a nursing shortage, a shortage that has become increasingly dire because of the global COVID pandemic,” UMSL Chancellor克里斯汀·索博里克（Kristin Sobolik）说过。“我们的模拟实验室的扩展将使我们能够增加本科入学率，并最终增加密苏里州医疗保健环境中劳动力的RN数量。”
In July, Parson directed150万美元给护理学院through FY22 state operating budget bills after the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development had included the UMSL Nursing Simulation Laboratories among 17 projects totaling $21.8 million that it recommended for funding through the MoExcels Workforce Initiative.
The UMSL project aligns well with the governor’s workforce development priorities. Parson spoke on MoExcels as well as the FastTrack Initiative, which he said has gone to 80% women, the majority of whom have gone into the medical fields.
“When you look at the state of Missouri, with all we’ve been through over the last two years, or close to two years now, dealing with COVID, you see really how important those nurses were in the health care system in our state, and how important this university is to be able to prepare them,” Parson said. “I think that’s why you have to make investments in it. That’s why when you invest in workforce development, it pays off. It’s really what we need to do for the future of this state.”
Phase 1 of the UMSL Nursing Simulation Laboratories included five new labs and a 5,000-square foot expansion into LeGras Hall. It included two pediatric and two obstetrics simulation labs, a skills lab, a home health suite and a control room for instructors. The second phase includes the construction of a large interactive classroom and a renovation of the existing labs in Seton Hall.
That’s easier with state-of-the-art, high-fidelity mannequins, which realistically mimic the human body. Additionally, the new labs mirror current hospital technology and setups, which allows students to go seamlessly to clinical settings.
“Simulation builds safety,” Ohia Obioha said. “Safety not only for patients through professional development but also safety for us students. Simulation is a safe space for us to learn, meaning that we might not always be perfect, but we learn through our mistakes and how to better our clinical skills.”