Montgomery College Awarded $1.3 Million in Grants to Support Nursing Simulation Education
Funds Support Efforts to Increase the Number of Nursing Graduates Statewide
Montgomery College was recently awarded two Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grants totaling over $1.3 million to expand the work of the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC), which is designed to increase the quality and quantity of simulation education used in training nurses. The MCSRC was created in July 2015 with support from NSP II, and is administered by the College’s Nursing Program to support Maryland’s 25 nursing schools. The additional funds will ensure that these nursing programs have access to simulation education equipment and training, supporting the NSP II goal of increasing the number of nursing graduates statewide.
Nursing simulation education uses life-sized mannequins as patients with a computerized interface and video component, allowing instructors to create realistic patient care scenarios and to teach students critical decision-making and patient care skills. Simulation provides a safe environment for nursing students to learn new skills and procedures, and can be used for up to fifty percent of the clinical experiences required in nursing programs. Montgomery College maintains a MCSRC website, which provides simulation information to nursing programs.
The first NSP II grant of $1,266,050 funds MCSRC’s purchase of simulation equipment for pre-licensure nursing schools in need of additional resources. The second grant of $45,850 supports MCSRC’s efforts to train nursing faculty and staff in the use of simulation. Together, they will expand the capacity for nurse education in the state.
“Montgomery College and the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium play critical roles in training our state’s nursing workforce,” said Montgomery College Acting President Stephen Cain. “MC is grateful for the partnership of the Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Their investment in the College through NSP II funds enables us to scale-up nursing simulation education and increase the number of students graduating with nursing degrees.”
Montgomery College’s Nursing Program enrolls more than 320 nursing students each fall and spring semester. Graduates obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and are prepared to deliver competent nursing care in a variety of health agencies under the supervision of experienced, qualified practitioners. The Nursing Program is based in the Health Sciences Center and Institute, located on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College.
About NSP II
The Nurse Support Program II is funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The program was established to provide funding for expanding and improving nurse education in the state of Maryland to meet an anticipated nursing shortage.
About Montgomery College
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.