Administration

Grant to Enhance SCF Nursing Education

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 24, 2015) — The State College of Florida (SCF) Foundation was awarded a $4,310 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund for a new medical dispensing tower for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center (MTSC) at SCF Lakewood Ranch, where SCF faculty educate and train nursing students.

 “On behalf of the SCF Foundation, we thank the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for its foresight in encouraging safe medication practices for students early in the program to prepare future nurses who will provide quality health care to residents in the region,” said Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation.

Students using the medical dispensing tower will learn safe procedures for administering the prescribed medication in the proper dosage and at the right time on equipment used in a hospital setting.

The equipment is the second tower at the MTSC’s Intensive Care Unit, which also features patient simulators, electronic medical records, a nurse call system and drug recognition system. The risk-free, controlled, simulated environment provides SCF nursing students with opportunities to participate in collaborative training exercises in preparation for clinical practice.

“At SCF, we strive to provide our students with real-life experiences so that they are not only aware of the harmful effects of medication errors, but that they also take active steps in preventing errors from happening and ensuring patient safety,” said Beverly Hindenlang, dean of the SCF nursing program.

SCF has continued its long tradition of academic excellence in the nursing program with recent Associate in Science in Nursing graduates achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

As a gold-level member of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance (FHSA), SCF also regularly hosts conferences and continuing education courses for health care professionals statewide at the MTSC, which is a regional training center for FHSA.

The State College of Florida (SCF) Foundation was awarded a $4,310 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund for a new medical dispensing tower for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch. From left:  Debra Marr, ASN Program Chair; Cassandra Holmes, SCF Foundation Executive Director; Roxie Jerde, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota; Nancy Urzua-Alba, Level 3 Nursing Student; Natasha Logan, Level 3 Nursing Student; Kelly Taylor, Level 3 Nursing Student; Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, Dean of Nursing; and Darlene Wedler-Johnson, Venice Campus Executive Officer. Photo Credit:  Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
The State College of Florida (SCF) Foundation was awarded a $4,310 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund for a new medical dispensing tower for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch. From left:  Debra Marr, ASN Program Chair; Cassandra Holmes, SCF Foundation Executive Director; Roxie Jerde, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota; Nancy Urzua-Alba, Level 3 Nursing Student; Natasha Logan, Level 3 Nursing Student; Kelly Taylor, Level 3 Nursing Student; Dr. Beverly Hindenlang, Dean of Nursing; and Darlene Wedler-Johnson, Venice Campus Executive Officer. Photo Credit:  Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

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