Supporting the delivery of a seamless continuum of nursing education for all levels
The Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE) concept was presented in 2007 by Chris Lumsden, former CEO of Halifax Regional Health Systems, as a regional nursing education center for Southern Virginia. Less than one year from conceptualization, this $1.3 million, 4,175 sq.ft facility was renovated, equipped, and opened for student use. Housed within the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the CNE includes a high-tech simulation lab equipped with medical equipment, supplies, and multiple high-fidelity manikins such as Sim Man Essential and Noelle. Noelle is an advanced, realistic manikin that can give birth to our baby manikin Sim New B. Other areas of the CNE include: a debriefing area equipped with video and audio playback of conducted simulations, a state-of-the-art classroom that comfortably seats 18 students, and a five-bed skills lab replicating a hospital setting.
Nursing programs in rural, southern Virginia are challenged by needing to provide students with clinical experiences within a region with limited clinical sites. Through advanced simulation technology, the CNE offers students the ability to acquire hands-on experiences and critical thinking skills in a safe environment.
In 2015, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center was selected to host the Southside Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Southside Virginia AHEC serves a large region comprised of 15 counties and cities, and strives to enhance the quality of all healthcare. CNE manager Ferren Pannell also serves as the director of the Southside Virginia AHEC. Learn more
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