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The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing Receives $50,000 Grant From the Verizon Foundation for Telenursing Pilot Program
Date:3/18/2009

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of New Rochelle has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support a "telenursing" pilot program at the college's school of nursing. The school is one of the first baccalaureate nursing schools in the nation to incorporate telenursing -- the use of telecommunications and information technology to provide nursing services to patients -- into a formal home health care nursing curriculum.

Working in a simulated home health care environment with a computerized manikin "client," CNR's nursing students will learn to use an Internet connection and video, voice and data communications to enable patients or caregivers to perform their own measurements, such as monitoring vital signs, at home. The results are automatically sent via the Internet to the care manager, who has access to clinical-review software. This technology can replace a home visit, or show that a visit is needed.

The telenursing simulation experience will enable students to master new technology and promote further technological innovation related to providing access to better home health care. In addition, the experience will foster student understanding of how to educate clients and families in the use of technology to access reliable Internet information, thereby increasing self-care and independence.

Dr. Mary Alice Donius, dean of the School of Nursing at The College of New Rochelle, said, "Verizon's generosity will allow our students to master critical skills through telenursing hands-on technology, thus directly addressing the critical nursing shortage by enabling the students to offer future clients greater and more immediate access to health care."

Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston presented the grant, to be paid over two years, to Donius on Wednesday (March 18) at The College of New Rochelle's Wellness Cent
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