Thursday, August 13, 2009
Funding for the construction of a building for the School of Nursing at UWG has been included in the University System of Georgia's 2011 budget request to the Governor, approved by the Board of Regents at its August meeting.
The $16.9 funding request for UWG is one of 10 capital construction projects on the board’s proposed 2011 budget that will be included in the state budget recommendations presented by Governor Sonny Perdue to the General Assembly in January 2010. State legislators must approve the BOR budget for funding to be available.
Dr. Kathryn Grams, dean of the School of Nursing, said the new building would allow more faculty to teach more students in a high quality learning environment.
“With this new building, West Georgia will have the physical resources needed to expand existing programs and develop new ones to address health care needs in Georgia,” said Grams. “The university will be able to serve the community and prepare high quality registered nurses for beginning and advanced practice roles. The School of Nursing students and faculty are very excited about the plans for a new facility here at UWG.”
A Center for Caring, a virtual hospital, a patient simulation environment and state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories are part of the plans for the new building.
UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna said the nursing shortage gives West Georgia and the new building a sense of urgency and responsibility.
“Given the existing and emerging needs for health care in the state of Georgia, and indeed the nation, UWG stands ready to play its part,” said Sethna. “I am very pleased at the inclusion of the construction funding for a new nursing building in the board's request to the governor. The University of West Georgia is in the right place at the right time to further the state's goal to produce more nurses.”
The School of Nursing undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree with two tracks: a generic track for those students who have never been licensed as an RN and an RN/BSN track for individuals who are licensed as registered nurses and need to complete a BSN degree.
A Master of Science in nursing degree with options in either education field or health systems leadership is also offered at West Georgia as well as a post masters certification in those areas.
West Georgia offers its undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing throughout the year on its Carrollton campus, the Newnan Center and in Rome and Dalton.
For more information on the nursing degree programs at UWG, visit http://www.westga.edu/~nurs/. For more information on the proposed budget for the University System of Georgia, go to http://www.usg.edu/news/2009/081209.phtml.