September 11, 2012

UConn shows off nurse training van

Connecticut's correctional facility nurses are receiving on-site professional training from a state-of-the-art training van as part of a new initiative led by the University of Connecticut's School of Nursing.

UConn officials say the 40-foot vehicle is the only correctional nursing simulation van operating in the U.S., and the school hopes to make it a nationwide model.

The van and the UConn-led training sessions for the prison nurses are fully funded with a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. It was awarded to UConn through a project Shelton proposed in partnership with the Department of Correction and the Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC) Division of the UConn Health Center.

The vehicle includes simulation features to let UConn faculty provide on-site training for prison nurses at their correctional facilities, resolving limits on time, space, and staffing that can complicate those professional development efforts.

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