November 9, 2009

School of Nursing expands, adds to teaching facilities

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing continues its commitment to excellence in education with the addition of a new 90-seat classroom, an expanded simulation laboratory and expansion into two school properties on the East Baltimore campus.

The classroom, completed for use this semester, features a self-service MediaSite class-capture system with four cameras; audience, presenter and round-table microphones; audio conference capability; computer, projector and screen; DVD and VHS player; and an assisted-hearing system.

An expanded simulation laboratory, scheduled to be fully operational by the spring 2010 semester, will offer students a more realistic medical setting. Two new SIM spaces resembling hospital rooms have been added, along with a central control room and two debriefing rooms. The control room has the capability to record simulations while students are observed through a two-way mirror. Overhead microphones allow instructors and students to communicate during the simulation.

In May, the school expanded to an adjacent building formerly known as the Hackerman-Patz House, now known simply as “The House,” where the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, the Office of Marketing and Communications and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations are located.

By January, another adjacent building, formerly known as the Rockwell House and now as the Student House, will serve as a new student center housing all Student Affairs offices (Admissions, Student Services, Financial Aid, Registration and Career Services) and offering student lounges, a doctoral-student room, a large student kitchen with microwaves and study and testing space, and added garden space.

“The School of Nursing continues to explore the most effective and efficient use of our space while we continue to seek funding for an addition to the Pinkard Building,” said Dean Martha N. Hill. “It is our hope that this growth will help students, faculty and staff maintain the values and excellence that are synonymous with Hopkins.”