L. Reed Physical Assessment Laboratory Established
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 schools physical assessment laboratory.
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.
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.
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."
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 Nursings Centennial
Opening Ceremonies on January 16, 2001.
Crystal Gafford Muhammad, (804) 924-1287