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U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert visits SXU Orland Park Campus

Biggert key to federal funding for Nursing Learning Laboratory at Orland Park

news story imageFrom left to right SXU School of Nursing Interim Dean Kay Thurn; U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert, R-13th District; SXU President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.; SXU Vice President for University Advancement Steven Murphy. 

Chicago (Feb. 19, 2008) U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert, R-13th District, visited Saint Xavier University’s Orland Park Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to view the site of a new nursing learning laboratory for which she helped secure $191,000 in federal funding.

The new lab will allow the SXU School of Nursing to increase class sizes at the Orland Campus and provide new facilities and educational tools, including portable beds, monitoring equipment, anatomical models, diagnostic examination simulators, a simulation mannequin (Sim Man) and video recording equipment.

“We are grateful to Congresswoman Biggert for her support of this much-needed learning laboratory,” said Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer. Ph.D. “Orland Park will benefit greatly from such a cutting edge nursing education facility.”

The appropriation received bi-partisan support when Senator Barack Obama, D-Illinois, became the sponsor in the U.S. Senate.

Founded in 1935, the Saint Xavier University School of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program to receive accreditation in the State of Illinois. Today, the school offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing. Both degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

“Patients at every major health care facility in the Chicago area benefit from the care and leadership of Saint Xavier University’s nursing graduates,” said Biggert. “This educational investment will pay dividends for years to come to both nursing students and the Illinois residents they serve.”

The School of Nursing of Saint Xavier University offers its RN-BSN option at the Orland Campus, which began two years ago. The campus is a general education facility with capacity to finish its laboratory spaces to meet specific program requirements.

“This facility will enhance both the quality of the School of Nursing’s RN-BSN instruction and increase the number of students by having fully functional laboratory space for instruction at its Orland Park Campus,” said Interim Dean Kay Thurn, Psy.D., R.N. “Our graduates stay in Illinois, and citizens will benefit from evidenced-based practice that these graduates offer. This space may be utilized for our graduate nursing students to alleviate the tremendous shortage of advanced practice nurses.”

In September, the School of Nursing was recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing and will carry the designation for the next three years. During that time, Saint Xavier will be available to other schools seeking to move their own programs toward distinction.