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Hopkins Nursing Boasts Facilities Expansions and Additions

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Posted: 11/4/2009

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) continues its commitment to excellence in education with the addition of a new 90-seat classroom, an expanded simulation (SIM) laboratory, and expansion into two JHUSON properties on campus.

The new classroom features a self-service MediaSite class-capture system with four cameras; audience, presenter, and round-table microphones; audio conference capability; computer, projector, and screen; DVD and VHS player; and an assisted hearing system. Construction was completed in time for the incoming Fall 2009 class to use the new classroom.

An expanded SIM laboratory will offer students a more realistic medical setting. Two new SIM rooms, both resembling hospital rooms, have been added, along with a central control room and two debriefing rooms. The central control room has the capability to control and record simulations, while observing students through a two-way mirror. Overhead microphones allow instructors and students to communicate with each other during the simulation. The expanded SIM lab is scheduled to be fully operational by the Spring 2010 semester.

In May, the school expanded to an adjacent building known as the Hackerman-Patz House, now simply as "the House" where the offices of Marketing and Communications, Development and Alumni Relations, and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN) are located.

By January, another adjacent building, formerly know as the Rockwell House, now known as the Student House, will serve as a new student center housing all Student Affairs Offices (Admissions, Student Services, Financial Aid, Registration, and Career Services) and offering student lounges, added garden space, a large kitchen for students -- with many microwaves, study and testing space, and a doctoral student room. 

"The School of Nursing continues to explore the most effective and efficient use of our space, while we continue to seek funding for an addition to the Pinkard Building," said Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN. "It is our hope that this growth will help students, faculty, and staff maintain the values and excellence that are synonymous with Hopkins."