The Nabholz Charitable Foundation has awarded a $500,000 donation to the nursing and occupation program at the University of Central Arkansas. Chairman of the Nabholz Corporation, Charles Nabholz, states that the foundation’s donation is a way for Nabholz to give back to UCA for its profound impact on the university as a whole and the community its healthcare students serve.

The money has been designated to be used in renovating the labs and buying new computers and equipment for establishing a simulation center in UCA’s Doyne Health Sciences Building. Nursing students will largely benefit from the new simulation lab, as well occupational therapy, psychology, and physical therapy students.

UCA President Tom Courtway has also involved in the acceptance of the donation, commending Nabholz for their steady presence and contributions to Faulkner County. Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Jimmy Ishee, also spoke out to give his thanks for the charitable gift, and recognize that the simulation center will provide a new level of education and enhanced clinical experiences for nursing students enrolled at UCA.

The completed simulation center will be named the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation. A date for the simulation center’s addition has not yet been announced.

Aimed at preparing their students for an evolving healthcare environment, UCA’s Department of Nursing focuses on student needs, changes in health care, and educational standards. Playing a leadership role in nursing education since 1967, the UCA Department of Nursing offers three programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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