Posted 2 years ago
By John Axtell
A major renovation of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff has force the University of Nebraska Medical Center to relocated its College of Nursing West Nebraska Division to two different locations in Scottsbluff.
UNMC has leased space at the PREC since the mid-1990’s, but until the renovation is completed the nursing classroom, clinic skills laboratories and staff will be in the Western Nebraska Community College Harms Center while faculty offices, the assessment lab, and patient simulation suite will be at Regional West Medical Center.
Assistant Dean Dr Susan Wilhelm says the College of Nursing is grateful to WNCC and the hospital for welcoming it to their facilities, and sees the move…although forced by the renovation work…as an opportunity to expand partnerships with two key leaders in education and health care in the community.
Regional West President and CEO Dr Todd Sorensen says the hospital has been close partners with the College of Nursing ever since UNMC assumed direction of Regional West’s own nursing school in 1988, and he sees the new arrangement as just an extension of that cooperation.
Wilhelm agrees, pointing out that Regional West is the largest training site for the nursing students in the Scottsbluff program, and has worked with the nursing school as partners…always supportive of faculty, staff, and student endeavors.
WNCC President Dr Todd Holcomb is also pleased to welcome the College of Nursing to his campus, calling it “a wonderful opportunity to partner with an outstanding organization and to meet the area health needs of the Panhandle,” and says WNCC looks forward to continuing the partnership on various levels in the future.
There are currently 72 students in the College of Nursing West Nebraska Division’s traditional bachelor’s of science in nursing program (BSN), 10 in the accelerated BSN program and 17 graduate students with 11 full-time faculty members and 4 staff. The school has produced 910 nursing graduates since becoming part of UNMC in 1988