The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the nursing school’s new $26.3 million expansion. With nearly 900 Nursing students currently enrolled, Vanderbilt Nursing is one of the largest graduate nursing programs in the country. The new building will accommodate more students and faculty, enhance learning, and allow for the advancement of nursing research.

With a five-floor building plan, the new facility will house technologically advanced classrooms, conference rooms, student services, and a state-of-the-art simulation teaching lab that allows for complex skills development and real-time feedback on students’ clinical skills. Designed to benefit students by centralizing services, the enhanced learning technology will help students better engage with faculty and peers.

The new building is also designed to allow for the advancement of nursing research by increasing the space currently available for faculty to conduct groundbreaking studies. Susan R. Went, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs tells News.Vanderbilt.edu,

“The number of nursing faculty actively engaged in research has grown significantly over the past five years. Nursing faculty are advancing their own discipline, as well as contributing to groundbreaking work across campus through collaborations with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the School of Engineering and the Divinity School, to name a few.”

Vanderbilt’s new nursing building is expected to be completed in August 2018. To learn more about the building plans and groundbreaking ceremony, visit here.

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