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10/07/2011
Albany Medical Center Helps Create Interactive Nursing Lab at Hudson Valley Community College Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

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Nursing education in the Capital Region took a step forward today as Albany Medical Center President and CEO James J. Barba and Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak dedicated a new lab at the college focused on creating better nurses.

The "Albany Medical Center Lab for Clinical Excellence in Nursing" is designed to enhance a student nurse's critical thinking, and was dedicated today at the college's Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center.

Albany Medical Center has made a commitment to helping build a pipeline of trained nurses for the region over the next decade with $175,000 in annual funding for the college's Nursing program. This new lab is one of the ongoing enhancements made possible by Albany Med's support.

Helping to grow the number of nursing graduates for our community is a key component of the college's Promise of Our Region fund-raising campaign, which was launched in 2008. The campaign has successfully raised more than $7 million toward its $10 million goal.

The new lab features two full-size human mannequins that are remotely controlled by faculty. They can be made to react in response to nurse interventions, both when they follow the proper procedure and when they do not. This provides a safe environment for student nurses to perfect their skills and learn how to respond appropriately when something does not go as planned. Faculty members monitor students, and interactions are recorded so that faculty can review student performance and use it as a teaching tool.

"We are grateful that Albany Medical Center understands the key role our college plays in building a top-flight health care workforce," said Matonak. "The Albany Medical Center Lab for Clinical Excellence that we are dedicating today is so important to our students and ultimately to the community-at-large because it takes nursing education to a higher level."

"This new lab allows us to incorporate the important element of simulation into their weekly training," said Hudson Valley Nursing Department Chairperson Carol Bosco. "This is a real benefit to our students, who can translate their simulation training into greater competence and promote excellence and safety in patient care."

"Today at Albany Medical Center, nurses comprise more than 25 percent of our workforce -- and we're growing. We, and the 48 community hospitals in the 25 counties we serve, depend on Hudson Valley Community College to provide the best possible education to the nurses we will hire tomorrow. We are committed to helping the region in this endeavor, and our partnership with Hudson Valley is a powerful indication of that," said Barba.

More than 2,500 students have graduated from Hudson Valley's Nursing program since 1964. The program consistently ranks among the best and most productive in the state. Ninety percent of 2010 Hudson Valley graduates passed the national licensing examination for registered nurses, and pass rates for graduates of the Hudson Valley program have consistently been at or above the national average for decades.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.