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On Thursday, June 9, the Crouse Hospital School of Nursing unveiled a new Simulation, Learning and Technology Center and phase one of renovations to the Crouse Library. It also announced that it would now be known as the Crouse Hospital College of Nursing.
Crouse Hospital CEO and President Paul Kronenberg, MD, made the announcement during an Open House in the Marley Education Center Thursday afternoon. "The designation of this institution from a “school” to a “college” by the New York State Board of Education and the National League for Nursing Education Accreditation Commission is indicative of the exemplary education our students receive at Crouse," he said. "While we’ve always known the merits of our program and our faculty, the designation of “college” is a strong statement to the academic world, here in Central New York and beyond, that Crouse is, indeed, a leader in the training and teaching of nurses."
Mary Agnew, RN, MS, CNS, CNAA-BC, chief nursing officer of the hospital, added that steps to secure the college designation have been made over the last several years, and commended Ann Sedore, PhD. RN, and the faculty of the school for making the transition possible.
Guests took in the changes made during the construction, completed last week and coming in at just under $1 million. In the Library, a "learning commons" was developed to enhance interaction between students and library staff, and an enlarged computer lab for students. The new Simulation, Technology and Learning Center includes separate "patient" rooms for each of its simulation mannequins: the first SimMan; Noelle; Baby Hal; their newest addition, SimMan Essential; and a child which will arrive this fall. The mannequins are not only used by nursing students, but also used by Crouse Hospital staff for education and training drills.
The Crouse-Irving School of Nursing opened its doors on August 18, 1913, with 15 students in the first class. With the recent commencement ceremony more than 5,000 students have graduated from crouse over the past 9 decades, including 500 men. In 2006, the school was accredited by the National League for Nursing Education Accreditation Commission, the nation’s foremost accrediting agency for nursing education programs. As the school prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary two years from now, it’s poised to begin a whole new era in nursing education.
The school also announced Vision 2013: Building Upon a Century of Nursing Excellence, a new initiative to raise funds for the remaining four phases of construction in the Library. In 2013, the College will celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary.