$224,000 Grant Benefits Regional Health Care

North Shore regional health care providers will be among the direct beneficiaries of a $224,000 grant recently designated for Salem State's nursing program through the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Due mainly to the efforts of Congressman John Tierney '73, who submitted the request on the college's behalf and was able to secure the congressional appropriation, Salem State will be able to provide increased resources for educating nursing students, registered nurses and other health care personnel throughout the North Shore.

The appropriation will support a second regional nursing simulation teaching laboratory (SimLab) at Salem State's School of Nursing. In 2007, the college built a state-of-the-art nursing simulation classroom that enables nursing faculty to provide both the educational environment and top technical training to student nurses and health care professionals. This, in turn, helps them improve their quality of care in hospital settings.

"Health care continues to be a growth area," noted Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey, "and significant staffing shortages exist, resulting in an ongoing need to educate nurses and other health professionals. The laboratory we will be able to add as a result of this grant significantly expands our ability to provide meaningful educational experiences without straining the resources of regional hospitals and other clinical areas."

Pictured above: Salem State students receive training in the Lynch Laboratory for Nursing and Occupational Therapy, the college's existing nursing simulation teaching laboratory.