FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) has received a grant that will help better prepare its nursing students for the rapid changes in today’s technology-rich healthcare industry. The grant, totaling almost $300,000, was announced by Chancellor Michael A. Wartell at a news conference today. It was awarded to IPFW’s Department of Nursing by the Human Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
IPFW plays an important role in educating future healthcare providers. The nursing education program has a strong and long-standing tradition of partnering with the healthcare community to meet the needs of the underserved in Northeast Indiana. However, the size of the underserved population has increased as a result of the economic downturn. The plight of the economy has also delayed retirement for many nurses. After the recession, nurses are expected to retire in record numbers, which will result in a significant shortage of nurses.
The needs of the underserved and the anticipated nursing shortage are key concerns for Carol Sternberger, chair of the Department of Nursing, who wrote the grant proposal. Sternberger explained how funds from the grant will be used to support IPFW’s innovative approaches to nursing education:
“The grant is for equipment that will enhance technology and simulation centers for nursing education,” said Sternberger. “High fidelity patient simulators allow students to practice skills and make nursing judgments in a safe, no-harm environment. The technology-driven simulation centers provide students opportunities to experience clinical situations that are not available in traditional student roles. Ultimately, simulation scenarios can provide robust encounters that improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.”
“With our area’s underserved population and the expected shortage of registered nurses, the impact of the enhanced nurse training will be felt throughout the community, as we work together to improve and expand health care services in the Fort Wayne area,” noted Chancellor Wartell.
For more information, e-mail Carol Sternberger, chair, Department of Nursing, or call 260-481-5798.