Simulation Program to Help Duquesne Nursing Students Better Serve Patients with Disabilities

A $100,000 Hearst Foundations grant will help the Duquesne University School of Nursing research and develop an undergraduate simulation program to assist students in providing equitable, competent, evidenced-based care to patients with disabilities. Beginning this fall, individuals with disabilities will participate in an actual nursing simulation that will be integrated into the school's curriculum-learning environment.

The grant was awarded to Dr. Rebecca Kronk, associate professor and chair of undergraduate programs in the School of Nursing.

"The project will help to answer a critical need to educate and better prepare the next generation of nurses to address and improve the health outcomes of individuals with disabilities," she said. "This is the largest minority group in the world that is continuously on the rise and affects every culture and generation."

The project has the potential to serve as a national model for other undergraduate programs, according to Kronk.

"Another component of this program is to strategize with key stakeholders-including community members with disabilities-to help identify and implement crucial elements to the simulations, such as the ethical and legal, and bio-psycho-social aspects of competent health care delivery," she said. "This initiative could possibly enhance interprofessional educational opportunities as well as educate clinical partners in the community who provide care to individuals with disabilities."

The Hearst Foundations
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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