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Charles L. Reed Physical Assessment Laboratory Established

December 20, 2000 -- The Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation has recently given the University of Virginia School of Nursing more than $37,000 in memory of Charles L. Reed, the former president of the foundation who recently passed away, for the purpose of modernizing the school’s physical assessment laboratory.

The School of Nursing is committed to providing its graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively influence the changing health care needs of the nation. This requires that teaching methods be conducive to learning, and that classroom technologies, resources, and the instructional environment be modern and up-to-date. The existing space and basic equipment used in the Physical Assessment Clinical Learning Laboratories has hardly changed since the mid-seventies.

A modernized physical assessment laboratory is a key component in augmenting the competence of nursing students within an authentic clinical setting. Real world simulation gives students the opportunity to improve confidence, problem solve, make decisions about patient care, and face the consequences of their actions — all without jeopardizing the safety of the patient.

According to Reba Moyer Childress, MSN, RN, FNP-CS, assistant professor and director of the Clinical Learning Laboratories, "the improved classroom will provide an ideal environment for nursing students to learn basic and advanced physical assessment skills, preparing them for the patient care challenges they will encounter as students and as graduates."

This gift will pay lasting tribute to Charles L. Reed for his extraordinary leadership and commitment to nursing education through the generosity of the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation. Dedication of the lab will be held in prelude to the School of Nursing’s Centennial Opening Ceremonies on January 16, 2001.

Contact: Crystal Gafford Muhammad, (804) 924-1287

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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