School of Nursing Gets Grant From Helene Fuld Health Trust

Release Date: November 6, 1996

BUFFALO, N.Y.-- Expansion and upgrades in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing's computer laboratory are complete, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, for which Marine Midland Bank acts as trustee. The grant provided the remaining funds necessary to carry out a $55,000 project.

Computer-assisted classroom instruction will be improved with an equipment network of 16 IBM personal computers loaded with Windows Œ95 and fully equipped with CD-ROM. They replace eight-year-old computers. Course assignments and instruction will be enhanced with the use of CD-ROM software and headphones, in place of slide projectors.

Integration of the new computer network has been completed and the new computers are in operation.

The new computers allow students access to the Internet, BISON and HUBNET, as well as the opportunity to create their own website. In addition, the Hewlett-Packard printer in the lab is the most state-of-the-art printer on campus.

"This expansion is extremely important to the nursing school, since students need access to resources such as the World Wide Web and electronic mail," said Judith S. Ronald, Ed.D., UB associate professor of nursing emeritus. "It is important for students to communicate easily and effectively with faculty, students and health professionals throughout the world.

"These new computers also will provide students with important learning opportunities using clinical simulations," she added.

The outstanding nursing program at UB was recognized at the Helene Fuld Health Trust annual meeting in March, where the UB School of Nursing was announced as one of the 116 grant recipients out of 356 applicants.

"UB's nursing school exhibits academic excellence in its nursing program, which is why they were one of the schools chosen to receive a grant," said Arlene Kannare Snyder, grants office administrator for the Helene Fuld Health Trust.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust provides support to schools of nursing and awards funds to tax-exempt, accredited institutions to be used for the direct benefit of nursing students.