Members of the Curry College community along with healthcare, education, emergency response partners, and elected officials from the Plymouth and South Coast area were on hand to witness the official opening of Curry’s new School of Nursing Simulation Lab & Training Center on Tuesday, April 12. Opened in January 2022 in Plymouth’s Cordage Commerce Center, the 1,700 square-foot skills lab is designed to support Curry’s accelerated pre-licensure baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs as well as to meet the healthcare workforce training needs of the South Shore, the South Coast, and the Cape and Islands.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. thanked all involved in making the new labs and center a reality. Pointing to a group of nursing students, he said, “This is what it is all about, our amazing students. When I am out and about in the community, I always hear about how great our Curry nurses are. They bring great pride and honor to our college.”
The new space features a large, simulated healthcare facility complete with five simulation labs and a central nurses’ station; a private hospital room simulation lab with a control room; a debriefing room with capabilities to watch simulations play out in real time; and four classrooms equipped with capabilities for both on- or off-site simulcast capabilities and the ability to watch simulations in real time or view recorded simulations. Following the ceremony, visitors toured the labs and watched nursing students and faculty demonstrate some of the labs’ capabilities.
“Healthcare delivery has become increasingly complex, requiring a more skilled and highly trained caregiver than ever before,” said Michelle McMahon, dean of Curry’s School of Nursing. “The Curry College Simulation Lab and Training Center provides a location, high-tech equipment, as well as access to faculty experts, to deliver programming to ensure lifelong skill competency for healthcare and emergency care providers. We look forward to becoming a preferred health education partner, making this center a valuable resource for the surrounding communities.”
Curry College has had a satellite campus in Plymouth serving the South Coast regions since 1994. Current offerings at the Plymouth campus include the Accelerated Nursing baccalaureate program for individuals who already have earned a non-Nursing degree, bachelor’s degree completion programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Marketing, Psychology, and Sociology, and graduate programs including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Education, and Master of Science in Nursing. The College also offers an online RN-BS program for registered nurses to complete their bachelor’s degrees and an online Master of Science in Accounting.