The Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences is building the brand-new Dwight Shar facility on Trimble Road and is being paid for through a variety of funding resources.
Thanks to the more than $11 million raised by the nursing school and a $1.5 million grant, the Dwight Shar facility’s groundbreaking ceremony took place last June and the progress is finally showing as construction workers place roofing shingles and get the outside façade installed.
In a report by the Mansfield News Journal, associate vice president for university campaign and government relations pointed out how a state of the art simulation hospital and facility like this can make dramatic improvements in the level of understanding among nursing school students. “For every 50 hours that a student spends in simulation, they’re 90 percent less likely to make a mistake on the floor,” she said in the report.
The new nursing school facility could be open as early as this fall and will boast nine classrooms and four exam rooms. It also opens up more opportunities for the students of the nursing school. Thanks to the improved technology and availability of space and tools offered by the new facility, the school will now be able to offer an accelerated program for students transferring into the nursing school’s programs.
As do most other nursing schools with similar capabilities, students in the nursing program will spend their former years in the university’s main campus studying core classes for the first couple of years. Their final years at the nursing school will take place in the facility where they can put to practice all that they’ve learned in the program.