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Cal State LA's School of Nursing awarded $685,000 gift to support innovative instruction

February 2, 2016

L.K. Whittier Foundation grant will enable School of Nursing to continue as one of the top programs in the nation

Cal State LA’s School of Nursing has been awarded a $685,000 grant to support classroom education and innovative clinical instruction.

The gift from the L.K. Whittier Foundation will enable the school to update its nursing simulation skills lab with state-of-the-art equipment and purchase pediatric and Intensive Care Unit simulation equipment.  The foundation has made two previous gifts to the School of Nursing.

Simulated clinical experiences are a critical component in nursing education that allow students to experience real-world situations using high fidelity manikins, which feature breath sounds, heart tones and palpable pulses. Simulated exercises enable students to reflect on their responses and learn how they could have improved medical treatment.

“These upgrades will ensure our position as the flagship nursing program within the California State University system,” said Lorie Judson, director of the School of Nursing and co-principal investigator of the grant. “We’re grateful for L.K. Whittier’s philanthropic gifts.” 

Added Jane Hook, nursing faculty member and co-principal investigator of the grant: “Upgrading to state-of-the-art simulation equipment and the addition of recording capability will improve student competence and increase patient safety in care provided by our nursing graduates.” 

U.S. News & World Report 2016 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” edition ranked Cal State LA’s nursing master’s degree program among the top in the nation. Cal State LA is one of only two public universities in the Los Angeles area, and the only university in the CSU system, listed in the top 100 programs by the U.S. News & World Report.

Cal State LA’s nursing program is part of the College of Health and Human Services and has been operating for more than 60 years. Currently, 180 students are enrolled in the graduate program, and approximately 350 others are undergraduate students.

The nursing program has 12 full-time faculty members and 30 adjunct faculty members. Cal State LA’s nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Photo: Nursing simulation lab at Cal State LA. (Credit: Cal State LA)

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