Colorado State University - Pueblo nursing department earns nearly $400,000 grant

Colorado State University - Pueblo nursing department earns nearly $400,000 grant

PUEBLO –  Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Department of Nursing recently received a federally directed grant of nearly $400,000 to provide the latest simulation technology in order to train the next generation of nurses. The funds were granted by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

More than half of the grant will be used for equipment, supplies, and construction related to its implementation. A simulation specialist also will be hired in order to oversee simulation operations.

Approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the CSU-Pueblo nursing program fills a critical need for nurses in Pueblo, Colorado and Southern Colorado.  According to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (2006), Colorado is the third fastest growing state in the nation and predictions are for a gain of 1.5 million people by 2020.  The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence warns that the state suffers a severe nursing shortage that will worsen to 31 percent by 2020 in the absence of sustained and strategic actions to increase the supply of nursing students, graduates and new practitioners (2007).  

According to Grant Coordinator and Associate Dean of Nursing Donna Wofford, in order to provide a quality nursing program for such demand, CSU-Pueblo must provide up-to-date equipment, instructional methodology, and simulation technology.  Wofford said the simulated nursing work environment is crucial to providing competent patient care, recording medical care practices, and learning about current medical equipment and technology. 

“Simulated hospital care, emergency response, and critical care experiences provide opportunities for students to practice providing care before entering the health care facilities,” she said. “Simulation equipment and labs are high-tech and require specialized skill to setup, operate, and maintain.”

The CSU-Pueblo Nursing Department prepares graduates for professional positions as caring and competent nurses with an emphasis on effective student learning, academic achievement and safe, competent nursing performance.  The Nursing Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as the Master of Science degree in Nursing with the following emphasis areas:

• Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
• Adult Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner
• Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
• Nursing Education

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.