The Western Pennsylvania 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 The Western Pennsylvania 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.
Classrooms and science laboratories are located in the completely renovated and upgraded School of Nursing building.
West Penn Allegheny Health System's Simulation, Teaching, and Academic Research (STAR) 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.
The Richard M. Johnston Health Science Library is under the direction of a professional librarian and is located in the Hospital. It provides the resources, facilities, and services necessary to assist in meeting the information needs of students and faculty.
The library provides access to the Internet, audiovisual materials, books on nursing and related health sciences, a collection of current professional journals, a daily newspaper, and current events magazines and other recreational reading.
New students attend an orientation to the library and its bibliographic tools. The librarian provides additional help on an individual basis.
Students can borrow materials from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh by presenting verification of a Pittsburgh address. Nearby branches are located in Oakland, East Liberty, Lawrenceville, Squirrel Hill and the North Side.
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.
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, and Forbes Regional 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 the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Highland Drive, Pittsburgh.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 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.