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New nursing program beneficial to students and surrounding hospitals

By Amanda Hanson - bio | email feedback

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A new Nursing and Allied Health Building at University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville is taking the nursing program to a whole new level. The new addition has been underway for just over a year. It's specifically designed to equip nursing students for a hospital setting.

"I'm a former teacher and I decided to go into nursing," says Constance George, who is a nursing student at UACCB. "I wanted to go into nursing because I wanted to help people," says George.

And with the finishing touches underway on the new Nursing and Allied Health building, George will be even more prepared to do just that.

"It is unique in the fact that a community college can have this type of facility," says Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Gayle Cooper.

The new 40,000 square foot state of the art facility will provide students with a more real-life hospital setting. "The classrooms are designed with a clinical area right beside it. Included with that would be the hospital beds that are in the actual size of a hospital room. We also have some ICU units that are in some of the classrooms as well," says Cooper. And for EMT students, there's even an ambulance bay to allow the ambulance to back right up to the classroom.

"The transition from the classroom education to the clinical settings is always the biggest transitions," says DeDe Strecker, who is Chief Nursing Officer at White River Medical Center.

She says the new facility will give students a huge advantage. "The more opportunity they have in their education preparation, to have some real life setting, it just prepares them even more when they get into the clinical setting," says Strecker.

The new facility is nearly eight times the size of the current building, providing more space for more students, which could benefit the hospital down the road. "We do have an on going relationship with them. They probably provide us with most of our nursing personal," says Strecker.

Cooper expects the building to be completed by the end of the month, but will not be ready for students until the summer.

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By Amanda Hanson -

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville is putting the finishing touches on its new Nursing and Allied Health Building.  The facility will be beneficial to students and designed in a realistic hospital-type setting.

Coming up tonight on Region 8 News at 6 and 10, Amanda Hanson will take a tour of the new facility, and find out how it's not only helping the school, but the surrounding hospitals.

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