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Artist’s rendition of part of the Union Square Campus.

Hospitals & Health Networks reports on the recently opened Union Square Campus, in Greensboro, N.C.,  where the latest technologies and an emphasis on teamwork  are used to train student and practicing nurses.

The mission is to address the growing need for nurses at all levels and promote collaboration among nurses and other health professionals. The facility  will educate nurses from the associate (two-year) level through the bachelor-(four-year) and doctoral-degree level.

“The Affordable Care Act requires health care to be accountable for patients across the healthcare continuum,” Jean Reinert, R.N., director of education and training at Cone Health, a partner in Union Square Campus, told H&HN. “We’re training nurses at all levels.”

The $34 million campus, completed in August, has such state-of-the-art training tools as high-fidelity simulation mannequins.”They have vital signs,” says Ms. Reinert. “You can do almost anything you can do on a real patient.”

Ms. Reinert told H&HN that research shows that nurses with advanced degrees provide better patient care. “So there is a push to have more BSN {bachelor of science in nursing] nurses at the bedside. We need more nurses as we move into the 2020s, and this is a way to grow more nurses with higher skill levels.”

H&HN reported that Union Square Campus “will include a simulated home environment, simulated outpatient area and simulated acute area with hospital beds, operating rooms and intensive care units, Reinert says. ”

“Reinert would like to see Union Square Campus eventually bring together a multidisciplinary team that could include physicians, medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists and physical therapists. This would create a training environment in which health professionals from different disciplines ‘work together in the same environment, the way we would in the real world.”’

Other partners in Union Square Campus include Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

To read the H&HN article, please hit this link.


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