“Sim ManEssential Bleeding," a computerized manikin used for scenario-based simulations, is among the cutting-edge amenities inside Niagara University's new Nursing Simulation Center, which recently received $197,000 from the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grants Program.

Niagara University has been awarded $197,000 in state funding for the second phase of work on its state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Center.

Announced by Sen. Rob Ortt, NU’s capital project is one of 29 at higher educational institutions across the state being financed through the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grants Program (HECap).

“The programs, services and staff at Niagara University provide a catalyst for success for students,” said Sen. Ortt. “The Nursing Simulation Center at the university enhances the current programs, further enriches the educational experience for students, and prepares them for a fulfilling career upon graduation. This capital funding will allow NU to thrive in our local economy and become an even bigger draw for high-quality students, locally and nationwide.”

Located in Dunleavy Hall on Niagara University’s campus, the Nursing Simulation Center offers hands-on opportunities for students to manage patient encounters and skills in a risk-free, virtual reality environment, while supporting traditional classroom learning and clinical practice experiences. It opened to Niagara students last fall.

“The Nursing Simulation Center opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for our students,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president. “It will expand our nursing program and enrich the lives of our students, and it will enhance Niagara’s capacity to be a vibrant and contributing presence in the Buffalo-Niagara medical corridor. Additionally, this private-public partnership will help NU stay up to date with the latest technology, and carry on its mission to serve its students and community members.”

HECap is a program that provides matching grants to private colleges and universities for the construction of new facilities, or the rehabilitation and repair of existing facilities. The grants can also be utilized for any projects for targeted high priorities, including economic development, high technology, critical academic facilities, and urban renewal/historic preservation.

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