VC one of three institutions to receive $200,000 nursing grant
A $200,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Nursing Innovation Grant Program will help satisfy the equipment needs of Victoria College’s increasing nursing student enrollment.

Victoria College was one of three academic institutions selected recently to receive full funding in the amount of $200,000 for 2017-18 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP). The grant focused on the difficulties nursing programs had in securing adequate clinical sites to support increased student enrollment.

The THECB’s Division of Academic Quality and Workforce announced that Victoria College, The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College were awarded $200,000 each. Fourteen other colleges and universities were awarded grants ranging from $114,702 to $196,031.

“We are so excited to have been approved the funding and have substantial plans to enhance students’ readiness for the ability to provide safe patient care,” said VC Nursing Director Darla Guajardo.

The funds will allow VC to remodel a space on the second floor of the Health Sciences Center for the addition of two more simulation rooms that will be fully outfitted with simulation equipment, as well as a faculty control area. VC currently has four simulation rooms. The addition of two more rooms will meet the increased enrollment in VC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program.

“It will allow for a greater number of scenarios to be completed by students on simulation days for select nursing courses,” Kameitjo said. “The grant will also fund professional development to help faculty and staff learn how to operate the simulations, how to edit them to create their own simulations, and learn evidence-based practices in simulation education.”

VC Grants Development Director Sophia Kameitjo and Nursing Simulation Specialist Monica Hamilton worked with Guajardo to develop a project that resulted in the THECB selecting Victoria College for an award.

“VC is grateful and privileged to be one of the three academic institutions statewide to receive full funding,” Victoria College President Dr. David Hinds said. “Sophia, Darla and Monica have worked hard to get us in such esteemed company as ACC and UT, and it’s paying off for our community.”

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Sophia Kameitjo
Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016

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