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UCM, Lee's Summit School District Celebrate Growth of Collaborative Effort

Contact: Mike Greife    |   Video
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 21, 2011) – The University of Central Missouri and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District celebrated the continued success of a collaborative program to prepare students for the nursing profession during a ceremony April 19 at the R-7 Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit.

UCM President Charles Ambrose and Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent David McGehee, joined by students and staff from both schools, cut the ribbon that formally introduced the state-of-the-art medical simulator known as SimMan 3G.

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UCM President Charles Ambrose, left, joins Lee's Summit R-7 Superintendent David McGehee, right, joined UCM and Lee's Summit Technology Academy nursing students and Julie Clawson, chair of the UCM Department of Nursing, in cutting the ribbon that formally introducted the state-of-the-art medical simulator.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the growth of the pre-professional nursing program that brings together UCM juniors seeking Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees as mentors to high school juniors enrolled in the pre-professional nursing program through the Summit Technology Center.

The new digital simulator resembles a male human and replicates the functions of the body for the purpose of medical training. The device was purchased by the UCM Department of Nursing with funds received from the Caring for Missourians initiative.

In addition to Ambrose and McGehee, the ceremony featured a brief presentation from Julie Clawson, chair of UCM’s Department of Nursing, followed by a demonstration of the new SimMan 3G by UCM and Summit Technology Academy students.

The UCM curriculum requires students in the Department of Nursing at UCM’s Summit Center to complete a course that provides training in leadership. These students are matched with high school juniors interested in pursuing nursing as a profession as students at the Summit Technology Academy, offering valuable experience in the field.

The new SimMan 3G provides simulation-based education to challenge and test students' clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios. It also includes software and advanced interactive

technology allowing learners to practice the emergency treatment of patients. The new simulator joins two other digital simulators currently in use by the Summit Technology Academy.  Additional grant funding for the medical simulators and other equipment at the facility has also been provided by the Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation.

With the addition of the SimMan 3G simulator, students from UCM and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, both groups of students will be afforded access to the latest in technology for training future members of the nursing professions.