Nursing Dept. opens new building

February 27, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

The nursing department at California State University, Bakersfield will host an open house for its new Nursing Clinical Simulation Center on Monday, March 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The simulation center is in a modular building that was donated to the university by Edwards Air Force Base and has been renovated and remodeled. It's just east of the Public Safety Building on campus.

The new Nursing Clinical Simulation Center supports additional clinical laboratory beds and examination areas, as well as a room specific to the computer simulation models, said Peggy Leapley, chair of CSUB's nursing department. "CSUB nursing faculty have developed scenarios similar to what nurses experience in practice so the nursing students can learn in a non-threatening and patient-safe environment," she said.

Additionally, funding provided by former U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas before his retirement through the U.S. Department of Education enabled the department to purchase two state-of-the-art computer-driven manikins, dubbed Sim-Man, Sim-baby, and PediaSim. "These will allow our faculty to provide risk-free, hands-on, life-like education to our students," Leapley said.

Representatives from Laerdal Medical and Metti, the companies that provided Sim-Man and Sim-Baby, will be on hand providing demonstrations of the life-like manikins.

The funding provided by Thomas also enabled the department to purchase equipment for the skills laboratory and Nursing Clinical Simulation Center.