Luther College nursing department awarded $170,000 Carver grant

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust grant to support high-fidelity simulation equipment

Luther College was awarded a $170,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to fund the purchase of high-fidelity simulation mannequins and their associated audio-visual components. The equipment will be used primarily in Luther's nursing department, though the college expects the simulation equipment will be useful in several other academic departments as well.

"We are extremely pleased to move forward on our commitment to an educational environment intent on producing empathetic nurses with practice embedded in safety and quality. Our commitment to simulation is in direct response to the Institute of Medicine's recommendations for the future of nursing education," said Jessica Raabe, Luther's nursing lab and simulation director. "We are thankful to the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for recognizing our need and supporting the future of nursing education​ at Luther College."

Luther's institutional vision of increasing enrollment within the nursing major will be supported, in part, through the acquisition of this high-fidelity instrumentation. Simulation experiences are bridging the gap left by lack of adequate clinical experiences and having the equipment allows the college to gain that technical experience.

"Simulation in health care is cutting-edge technology to help prepare clinicians for increasingly complex patient care in the 21st century. Imagine being able to provide nursing care to a critically ill patient in the Luther College simulation lab without fear of patient injury or harm. Nursing students will have the ability ​to ​assess, intervene and evaluate the actions of their ​nursing care as if their patient was in a real health care setting," said Jayme Nelson, Luther associate professor of nursing.

The college will begin the purchasing process this spring, with plans to install the equipment in the summer, and open the simulation center in fall 2014.

In addition to the increased complexity of simulated patient care experiences provided, high-fidelity simulation equipment expands the college's ability to include interdisciplinary student projects. With obvious links to physical therapy, social work and ethical decision-making, courses will be developed to maximize student learning across many different disciplinary interests.

An ELCA-affiliated college, Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa institution acclaimed as one of the outstanding liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Home to 2,466 undergraduates from 40 states and 56 countries, Luther offers students of all backgrounds a dynamic and supportive academic community rooted in a strong liberal arts tradition. As affirmed in the college's mission statement, a Luther education connects faith with learning, freedom with responsibility, and life's work with service.

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust     

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa with assets of more than $285 million and annual grant distributions of more than $13 million.  It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981.

Since the beginning of the trust's grant-making activities in 1987, more than $283 million has been distributed through more than 1,900 individual grants. Biomedical and scientific research; primary, secondary and higher education; and other issues related to the needs of youth are the program areas of greatest interest to the Carver Charitable Trust.

Carver's commitment to youth, education and research forms the cornerstones of the Charitable Trust he established to fund these and other interests in perpetuity.

The $170,000 Carver grant will help purchase high-fidelity equipment to enhance Luther's existing simulation lab.