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SU Women's Circle Hosts Simulation Center Tour, Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SALISBURY, MD---The Women’s Circle of Salisbury University invites area women to two fall events.  An interactive tour of SU’s Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center (106 Pine Bluff Road, Salisbury) is 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 14.

A “Power Hour” panel discussion about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead is noon Thursday, November 19, in the Nanticoke Room of SU’s Guerrieri University Center. “We welcome new faces to all our activities,” said Stefanie Gordy of SU Advancement and External Affairs.  


Wicomico DART Students Use SU Simulation Center

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SALISBURY, MD---Inside Salisbury University’s Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center, a camera rolled as news about a teenager’s drug overdose was shared with family and friends gathered around her hospital bed. Luckily, the participants were all acting.

The Wicomico County Health Department’s Drug Action Response Team (DART), a drug-free youth coalition, was using SU’s Sim Center to create the video to raise awareness about drug abuse and prevention. The scene was scripted and filmed by students from Wicomico High School and Wor-Wic Community College.



SU Students Test Interdisciplinary Research Project in Simulation Center

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University students Christopher Wilson and Kathy Burris recently brought their mathematics research project on mechanical ventilation to life inside the campus’ Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center.

Their exploration of the math behind this breathing-assistance procedure began last spring as a group project in a course taught by Dr. Melissa Stoner of SU’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

Working with another student, Brooke Sproul ’14, they used differential equations to model the interaction of a mechanical ventilator with a patient’s respiratory system.  The medical device is used in intensive care settings to support patients stricken with respiratory failure.  The interaction is caused by the necessary management of the pressure, flow and volume between the ventilator and the respiratory system. This project is a prime example of how differential equations are used in real-life situations, the students explained.



SU Nursing Earns $299K to Expand 'Standardized Patient' Training Statewide

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SALISBURY, MD---When Salisbury University nursing students enter the psychiatric/mental health lab inside the campus’ Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center, they are greeted by a “patient” who may be depressed, schizophrenic, manic or even suicidal.

Their interactions are recorded and discussed later with faculty and peers, and the students learn that identifying and caring for individuals with behavioral and mental health issues goes hand-in-hand with addressing clinical needs.

The SU Nursing Department has received $299,983 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to expand this “Standardized Patient Experience” training across the state.



$1 Million Gift Announced for Richard A. Henson

Thursday, December 1, 2011

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University officially opened its new Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center during a festive ribbon-cutting on Thursday, December 1. The ceremony was marked by the announcement of a $1 million gift for the center from the Richard A. Henson Foundation, Inc.

“Mr. Henson was a community benefactor and champion of higher education.  I think he would have been an enthusiastic supporter of this project,” said SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach. “We are grateful to the Henson Foundation for maintaining his vision and commitment to progress and innovation, particularly in the sciences.

“The campus footprint has changed drastically this fall. Today we have another example of a new and creative facility, made possible through partnerships. The center will enhance the University’s ability to provide excellent educational experiences for students and to serve the region which Dick Henson loved.



Nursing Faculty Development Program Earns MHEC Grant

June 28, 2011
Dean OlmsteadSALISBURY, MD---A new program to develop quality adjunct nursing faculty for area campuses, with an emphasis on recruiting multiethnic and multicultural faculty, has been awarded $376,498 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

“We hope practicing nurses will be motivated to consider teaching as a lifelong endeavor and pursue advanced degrees,” said Dr. Karen Olmstead, dean of Salisbury University’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology.

The Salisbury University Department of Nursing, in partnership with Chesapeake and Sojourner-Douglass colleges, will create the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative.  The grant is funded through MHEC’s Nurse Support Program (NSP-2).



Nursing Department Receives $937,035 from Maryland Hospital Association

March 26, 2010

SALISBURY, MD---By 2016, the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) predicts the state will be short more than 10,000 registered nurses.  With the organization’s help, Salisbury University is working to address this need.

The SU Nursing Department was recently awarded $937,035 from MHA’s Who Will Care? Fund for Nurse Education.  The three-year, three-prong grant is designed to increase the number of SU graduates who earn a B.S. in Nursing.




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