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Seattle University College of Nursing receives grant funding to strengthen clinical skills

November 14, 2022

Funding will support simulation-based scenarios in SU's Clinical Performance Lab.

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Lincoln Vander Veen


Seattle University's College of Nursing was awarded $480,000 in grant funding that will provide critical support to its Clinical Performance Lab (CPL), a state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot facility housing nursing simulation suites, skills laboratory areas, teaching spaces and a research commons. 

"Learning in a simulated clinical environment provides nursing students with a safe and effective opportunity to exercise clinical judgement, practice therapeutic communication and master hands-on skills," says Kristen Swanson, Dean of the College of Nursing. "Seattle University College of Nursing is grateful for the Hearst Foundation and the Washington Student Achievement Council's investment in simulated nursing education." 

Carrie Miller, Associate Dean for Innovations in Clinical Education and the director of the CPL, echoed the sentiments of Dean Swanson:

"The CPL team will use the grant monies to address two specific learning needs of CON students--high-fidelity manikins for a state-of-the-art simulation space and trained actors to increase the realism of simulations. The goal of the CPL is to provide students with the opportunity to practice communication skills, prioritization and caring behaviors in a safe learning environment."

The Washington Student Achievement Council provided $280,000 to support the purchase of nine new simulation manikins, expanding learning opportunities for realistic, standardized, clinical scenarios and increasing the number of simulators available for health assessment and skills courses.

The Hearst Foundation is providing $200,000 which will further enhance the CPL by facilitating new simulated learning programs focused on emotionally and technically complex nursing care, culturally-aware communications and setting priorities within a team-based approach. Additionally, this grant will support simulation scenarios that employ ethnically diverse trained actors as standardized patients and embedded family members. When patients and family members feel communication is transparent, respectful and relevant, patient outcomes are better.  

The Seattle University College of Nursing partners with hundreds of Seattle-area health care agencies, clinical facilities and communities, providing excellent learning and career opportunities for its 647 undergraduate and 317 graduate students currently enrolled in the college. 

Learn more about the College of Nursing Clinical Performance Lab.

Read a recent op-ed How to heal WA's acute nursing shortage in The Seattle Times by President Eduardo Peñalver and Dean Kristen Swanson.