Penn State Health St. Joseph has been given $425,000 to establish a nursing simulation lab and provide funding for nursing education at the St. Joseph’s downtown campus in Reading.
The gift will create the John Langan and Judith Nadell Nursing Enhancement Fund, named for Langan and his wife, Nadell, the Voorhees, New Jersey couple who donated the funds to the hospital.
The simulation lab will provide a learning environment that mimics real clinical scenarios through the use of electronic mannequins. The simulation mannequins will cover the age span of nursing care, from newborns to adults.
They can replicate a variety of scenarios, such as a patient experiencing stroke symptoms, a patient having chest pain or even a woman in labor.
The lab will be located in the Langan Allied Health Academy in the lower level of Penn State Health St. Joseph’s downtown campus, at 6th and Walnut Streets, which was founded with a $1 million donation from the Langans in 2005.
The Langan Allied Health Academy has provided access to health-related academic and career paths for lower-income and limited-English, non-traditional and returning adult students from inner-city Reading.
In partnership with Penn State Berks, the lab will also provide clinical simulations to practical nursing students as Penn State Berks. It is scheduled to open for its first class of practical nursing students in August 2019.
“St. Joseph’s downtown reading campus is focused on the clinical health and economic vibrancy of the city of Reading,” said John R. Morahan, president and CEO of Penn State Health St. Joseph. “And increasingly, in partnership with Penn State Berks, it’s becoming both a clinical training hub for future health care workers, as well as an incubator to encourage the economic entrepreneurial spirits of area students.”
The funding will also be used to create the Mae Langan Nursing Awards, in honor of John Langan’s mother, a 1934 graduate of the former St. Joseph’s school of nursing. The award will be presented annually in May over the next five years.