Westminster Receives $1M Gift from Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. for Nursing Clinical Skills Laboratory

Westminster Nursing Students Practicing with Ventilator

Mar 21, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster announces a generous gift of $1 million from Ezekiel R. “Zeke” Dumke, Jr. to renovate and expand the clinical skills laboratory in the college’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The new facility will be named the Ezekiel R. Dumke Nursing Skills Lab.

The funding will be used to increase existing educational space and improve the effectiveness of faculty instruction and student observation, as well as update the lab’s audiovisual equipment.

“We are truly appreciative of this generous gift, which will allow us to educate more nursing students and provide them with continued high-quality, hands-on training.” said Dr. Sheryl Steadman, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “The most effective instructional model for training nurses includes utilizing simulation equipment and involves faculty and classmates observing nursing students carrying out tasks in simulated patient rooms. This gift allows us to better serve our students and provide them with state-of-the-art simulation capabilities.”

The $1-million gift will provide the following:

  • Updated technology, including audio and visual equipment.
  • Updated technology observation rooms that will support faculty instruction for simulated patient rooms and the bedside skills lab and allow for student observation of nursing tasks.
  • The conversion of the computer lab to provide a wet/dry procedure and task training space, additional hospital beds for instructional and practice use and flex-use tables and seating for up to 20 learners at a time.
  • Removal of an underutilized control room to increase space in patient simulation rooms, allowing for more effective student use.
  • Internal remodel of nursing clinical laboratory for more efficient use of space by students and faculty.
  • Identified space for faculty and students to review student performance in simulated nursing situations.

“Our future depends on skilled nursing care,” Dumke said. “We hope this gift helps to ensure that faculty and staff of Westminster’s Nursing Department can continue to excel, educate and graduate highly skilled nurses for the future.”

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