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This section describes the facilities of

West Penn Hospital School of Nursing.

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Students choose their housing arrangements.

They may commute or elect to live in the completely renovated and upgraded School of Nursing of West Penn Hospital, where dormitory space is available for a limited number of women and men. 

Each dormitory floor of the School of Nursing building has a kitchen and lounge. Several other lounges are also available for student leisure activities. Students can buy meals in West Penn Hospital's cafeteria.

Students make housing arrangements through the Admissions Office. Private, air-conditioned rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All dorm students will be given the option to provide a confidential contact person in case of an emergency.

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Classroom Facilities

Classrooms and science laboratories are located in the completely renovated and upgraded School of Nursing building.


Simulation (STAR) Center

The STAR (Simulation, Teaching, and Academic Research) Center allows nursing, medical, and allied health students and practitioners to practice a wide range of patient care techniques and to test their proficiency in managing a variety of critical clinical situations.

This unique learning facility features sophisticated, computer-based patient mannequins in a number of simulated hospital and field emergency (ambulance) settings.  School of Nursing faculty incorporate this "virtual hospital " resource into their courses in a variety of innovative and exciting ways.



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Library Resources

West Penn Hospital's Richard M. Johnston Health Science Library  provides students and faculty access to the Internet, audiovisual materials, and books and journals on nursing and related health topics. New students attend an orientation to the library and its bibliographic tools. A librarian can provide additional help on an individual basis.

Students can borrow materials from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh by presenting verification of a Pittsburgh address. Library buildings near the School include those in Oakland, East Liberty, Lawrenceville, and Squirrel Hill.


Learning Center

The Helene Fuld Learning Center contains a Nursing Arts Laboratory for demonstration and practice of specific nursing skills, and also a computer lab that is equipped with computers (with Internet access), software, and a networked printer.

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Clinical Facilities

West Penn Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, and Forbes Hospital are the School's primary clinical facilities. Students have planned experiences in assessing patient needs and for planning and providing nursing care for clients in the medical, surgical and obstetric clinical areas.

Student clinical experience in mental health nursing is at Forbes Hospital.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and The Children's Home provide clinical experiences in pediatric nursing.

Selected community resources provide students with a variety of special experiences and activities.

Travel and traveling expenses to and from all clinical facilities, cooperating agencies, and community resources are the responsibility of the student. Transportation to several clinical sites requires the use of a car.

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