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SFA School of Nursing named Laerdal "Center of Educational Excellence"

January 29, 2010 - Amy Roquemore

Stephen F. Austin State University's Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing has earned the prestigious "Center of Educational Excellence" designation from the Laerdal Medical Corporation.

The designation is awarded to educational centers that have consistently demonstrated excellence in educational philosophy and programs for the purposes of "helping save lives," the company's motto. The DeWitt School of Nursing is one of only 15 centers in the nation to receive the award.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for our School of Nursing and the result of an amazing effort by our faculty," said Dr. Glenda Walker, director of the DeWitt School of Nursing. "Only two others in the state have received this designation, and we are the only rural center in the nation to be named a Center of Educational Excellence."

Laerdal is a leading provider of emergency and patient care training and products, serving medical professionals and instructors around the world. Several of the company's most advanced SIM Man 3G mannequins recently were placed in the DeWitt School of Nursing's new simulation laboratory to help facilitate the scenario-based training of SFA nursing students.

In a congratulatory letter to the DeWitt School of Nursing, Laerdal President David A. Johnson wrote, "Being a Center of Excellence includes membership in an exclusive group of institutions that are leaders within their respective fields."