The Department of Nursing at California State University, Fresno will use $174,356 received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to purchase equipment for a regional nursing skills simulation laboratory opening in spring 2011.

The new facility will provide clinical training for students from nursing programs throughout the central San Joaquin Valley, as well as employees of health care institutions, school nurses and others.

Construction of what’s called the sim lab was made possible by state support and a gift from the estate of Alpheda Knorr. She was head nurse supervisor of operating rooms at Valley Medical Center in Fresno.

The new funding is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The sim lab is housed within the College of Health and Human Services.

“The Department of Nursing has been instrumental in educating nursing faculty throughout the region,” said Dr. Michael Russler, chair of the Department of Nursing. “This advanced technology will enhance our ability to train the next generation of educators for the community colleges and universities within the San Joaquin Valley.”

Russler said the federal funding will be used to purchase state-of-the art equipment for -a regional simulation center.

“This is a significant addition to an important teaching and training resource that will benefit students, nurses and health professionals across the region,” said Dr. Andrew Hoff, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

More information is available from Russler at or 559.278-2429.

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