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October 2, 2013

New nursing facility could propel LSC-O for years to come

ORANGE — In an effort to meet the needs of its growing student population, Lamar State College-Orange has just added a new facility which will continue to help it do so for years to come.

The new nursing building, which was constructed on the campus of Lamar State College-Orange, opened at the end of August for the fall semester. The facility, located on the property formerly the site of The Orange Leader, occupies 32,000 square feet. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, in front of the building and classrooms at 210 Front St. in Orange.

“We are so excited to have this addition on our campus,” said Dr. Michael Shahan, president of Lamar State College-Orange. “This new building will provide much larger space for students and more modern technology for students in our nursing program.”

The facility, which is still in the final stages of completion on the inside, will provide new, up-to-date labs, equipment and space for not only students in the college’s nursing department, but new classrooms for general use, according to Shahan.

“The space we are using now for our nursing program was configured in 1994,” he explained. “Our enrollment has increased significantly since then and we’ve simply outgrown that space.”

Shahan said the new nursing building will provide some of the largest classrooms on the campus and are able to accommodate up to 80 students in multiple subject areas.

“This facility is going to be a wonderful asset to Lamar State College-Orange,” said Gina Simar, director of the Allied Health Division of LSC-O. “It’s definitely motivating and exciting for our students and its great for the school and the community. We hope this facility will help us enroll more students into the college and into the nursing program.”

The new building will feature large computer classroom which will provide for online nursing programs and testing. It will also include a much larger skills classroom where beginning students can learn how to perform various tasks such as changing sheets, reading a blood-pressure measurement and more.

Simar said the facility will provide nursing students with “real life experience in a controlled setting.”

“We have a simulation laboratory with high tech mannequins, including two adults, a even a newborn,” Simar explained. “They can be programmed to breathe, talk, or the baby can cry. There is even an OB area where the mannequin actually births a baby. It’s provides a very real setting and the gives the students a feel for what it will be like in that situation.”

Simar said there is also an area with a nurses station and medicine station, two computer labs which can accommodate up to 30 students at a time, and two, five-bed skills labs.

“This will allow the students to gain valuable work experience without trying to find room for them at an area hospital for clinical work,” Shahan added. “They can simulate dealing with patients at home too, like a home health care worker might, or even a patient in a hospital setting.”

The new facility includes an 80-seat lecture hall, a classroom able to accommodate 60 students, three classrooms sized for 50 students each, and another classroom which allows for 40 students.

Computerized teaching stations will provide educators with a variety of options, including projection screens, to assist in the education of students at the college.

“I think this is something that all students at Lamar State College-Orange will be able to use and enjoy, depending on their classes or degree,” Shahan. “It certainly is going to make our campus even more attractive to students and will help us provide a state-of-the art education and a facility.”

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