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Robert Wood Johnson Launches Nursing Education Center

Hospital officials celebrate the opening of the Betty Wold Johnson Center for Nursing Education with Johnson, the donor, and her family. Credits: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — They’re among the first people you see when getting medical treatment—and they’re learning cutting-edge techniques in the Hub City.

Thousands of nurses are slated to walk through the Betty Wold Johnson Center for Nursing Education, a New Brunswick facility recently unveiled by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

A “generous gift” made by Johnson to the hospital’s foundation is expected to support the training center and its four lecture rooms, two simulation labs that mimic medical and surgical rooms and operating room suite, according to an announcement form the hospital. The money will also fund an endowment providing scholarships, courses, seminars, trips to conferences and a lecture series.

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“We are excited to have a dedicated training space that allows both educators and providers to focus on their learning without distractions,” Michael Antoniades, the hospital’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “This training gives our nurses and other allied healthcare professionals an excellent training facility, which will help them remain leaders in their profession.”

The education labs feature several high-tech mannequins that can simulate childbirth and “complicated lifesaving procedures,” according to the hospital. Their features—breathing, sweating, talking and more—are similar to that of real people.

More than 3,000 medical professionals will undergo training in the labs each year, according to the hospital. Along with nurses, respiratory technicians and other healthcare providers will make use of the center.

Hospital officials went on to thank Johnson, the donor, for her contribution to the medical center.

Johnson, meanwhile, praised the role of nurses in patient care.

“As the daughter of a physician and a nurse,” she said in a statement, “I understand the increasingly vital role our nurses play in healthcare. I am happy to be able to provide them with the support they need to advance in their profession.”

Robert Wood Johnson’s New Brunswick and Somerset units recently earned the Magnet designation, nursing’s “most prestigious award,” according to the hospital. That was the fifth time New Brunswick received the honor.

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