Park University has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, for technology upgrades for the Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing to enable program expansion. The grant will help support state-of-the -art enhancements in the nursing program’s new laboratory and simulation facility, which is moving into a 40,000 square-foot space expansion to the academic underground on the University’s Parkville Campus.
“The grant will provide technologies that are essential in preparing safe, competent nurses that are confident to meet challenges presented in an ever-changing health care environment,” said Gerry Walker, D.H.Ed, M.S.N., R.N., associate professor and chair of Park’s Department of Nursing. “Simulation will no longer be a once or twice a semester experience for our students. The expansion of our simulated patient care capabilities will give students weekly opportunities to make clinical judgments and test their skills while building competence and confidence.”
In 2013, 204 qualified pre-nursing students in the Kansas City region alone were denied access to Bachelor of Science programs due to a lack of available seats. Park’s new nursing complex, which is scheduled to open for the start of the Fall 2015 semester, will expand Park’s capacity to serve more qualified nursing students in a state-of-the-art learning environment with academically and professionally qualified faculty. The University has submitted a proposal to the Missouri State Board of Nursing for approval to implement a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program beginning Fall 2016.
The University is grateful for the continued support of the Speas Foundation, which partnered with Park in 1985 to start the Associate Degree in Nursing program. Park has proudly served aspiring nurses in the Kansas City region for the past 30 years, and currently offers a licensed professional nursing to registered nursing (LPN to RN) associate degree and a registered nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) completion program.
For more information about Park’s nursing expansion and new facility, or for information to enroll, visit www.park.edu/nursing.