The Sage Colleges has received a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for the planned expansion of the Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Lab located on the Russell Sage College campus.

According to a news release from the college, the money will help to fund the addition of a new simulation lab and control room where nursing faculty can monitor and record nursing students and critique their performance in a safe environment. The facility currently houses classrooms, skills labs and simulation space for Sage nursing students and other health science majors, including those studying physical, occupational and nutrition therapy.

“The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is proud to support The Sage Colleges’ Nursing Program,” Alison Yu, a program officer with the Hearst Foundation, said in the release. “As the only nursing program in the Capital Region offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing degrees, Sage is addressing the critical nursing shortage facing our region, state and country. This high-fidelity simulation center will further enhance the education of Sage’s nursing students.”

According to Glenda B. Kelman, chairwoman of the college’s nursing program, the expansion, which will begin within the next year, will create “virtual patient rooms” for education, training and validation of clinical skills, decision-making and communication using critical thinking to promote quality patient care. There will also be increased opportunities to enhance interprofessional communication and team building.

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