Bloomsburg University Foundation Receives $25,000 Grant from First Community Foundation Partnership of PA to Support Nursing Simulation Center

Pictured from left: Stephanie Ulmer, BUF Associate Vice President for Philanthropy and Operations, Betty Gilmour, Director of Grantmaking, FCFP, Kim Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, FAANP, FAAN Senior Associate Dean, Breiner School of Nursing, Leo-Felix M. Jurado, PhD, RN, APN, NE-BC, CNE, FAAN, Dean, College of Health Professions Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania, Jerome Dvorak, BUF Executive Director

The Bloomsburg University Foundation is thrilled to announce the receipt of a generous $25,000 grant from the Greater Susquehanna Valley Competitive Grant Program at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP). This grant will be instrumental in supporting the creation of the state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Center at Commonwealth University – Bloomsburg (CU – Bloomsburg), which is poised to revolutionize medical training in the region.

The newly established Nursing Simulation Center, which will feature high-fidelity simulation labs and cutting-edge AV capture systems, is part of Bloomsburg’s commitment to prepare its nursing and medical training program students for immediate and meaningful contributions to the local community. This project addresses the critical need for well-educated and well-trained nurses in the region and beyond.

Jerome Dvorak, Executive Director of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, expressed his gratitude for the grant, stating, "We are immensely grateful to the First Community Foundation Partnership for their generous support of our Nursing Simulation Center. This grant will enable us to better equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the increasing demand for healthcare professionals in our community."

CU – Bloomsburg's Department of Nursing, which has experienced substantial growth in recent years, is expanding its resources and facilities to meet the high demand for nursing education. Partnerships with Geisinger, Evangelical Community Hospital, and UPMC Susquehanna Valley have emphasized the need for well-trained nurses and their valuable role in addressing shortages in healthcare.

The grant from FCFP will play a pivotal role in expanding the program and enhancing the technology within the Nursing Simulation Center. This will not only benefit the students but also provide clinical placement opportunities at partner hospitals, ensuring that students are well-prepared to contribute to the local healthcare industry immediately upon graduation.

The Nursing Simulation Center will enable Bloomsburg University to continue its mission of preparing students for the workforce with the best education and training available. This project stands apart from other local programs, offering an unparalleled experience to students in the region. Through its partnerships with local healthcare institutions, the program is well-positioned to sustain itself, and this grant will further contribute to its success. The results will be measured through graduation rates, licensure exam success, and student feedback.

For more information about CU-Bloomsburg’s Nursing Simulation Program, please visit

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