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$215,500 gift to aid UCA nursing lab

By Sara Janak

This article was published December 21, 2015 at 1:47 p.m.

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has given $215,500 to the school’s nursing department to help outfit one of its labs with simulation technology, the school said Monday.

Elizabeth Blankenship, CEO of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation, and her daughters, Ashley Blankenship and Gretchen Humphreys, jointly gave the University of Central Arkansas Foundation $215,5000 to support UCA’s nursing simulation lab.

“With our ability to gift to the nursing program, the students will have some of the best technology available to them, and I believe it will assist in their training and education,” Elizabeth Blankenship said in a statement.

The gift will help purchase a mannequin, cameras, microphones and other equipment for the lab.

“The high fidelity [mannequin] will be remotely controlled by the instructor and modified in real time to evaluate the skill and problem-solving ability of a student or student team,” Dr. Barbara Williams, nursing department chairman, said in a statement. “The student and/or instructor can then watch the video and determine performance gaps and identify areas for improvement or to evaluate the care.”

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