JCC’s nursing program celebrates 50 years

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Community College celebrated 50 years of excellence in nursing education with the opening of expanded program facilities on the Jamestown Campus recently.

The nursing department, which moved in late summer from the Carnahan Center to the third floor of the Arts and Sciences Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus, has a capacity of 220 students. The new location features two large classrooms with state-of-the-art teaching podiums and two 10-bed clinical laboratory units with upgraded simulation rooms.

Construction of the new facilities in space once used for science classrooms and laboratories was provided through significant gifts from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and Lenna Foundation. The Appalachian Regional Commission provided $92,821 for an increase in the number of hospital-style cubicles, the purchase of manikins and other equipment, and funds for professional development opportunities.

Within the simulation room, a team of four to five students works with a high fidelity manikin in response to different medical scenarios. The room is monitored by three cameras which are aligned to a time scale. After the 15-20 minute scenario ends, students attend a debriefing to evaluate their performance.

JCC also received $297,925 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of the Health Resources and Services Administration to procure equipment to enhance training for health professionals.

The equipment included SimMan full-body adult, wireless patient simulators that provide comprehensive clinical functionality to teach the core skills of airway, breathing, cardiac and circulation management; Nursing Anne manikins designed for scenario-based training for the care and management of a variety of in-hospital patients; DemoDose patient injection simulation carts and an electronic health record system.

Over the past four years, JCC’s nursing program has received funding from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Program, and the State University of New York High Needs Program to support students within clinical settings.

JCC’s associate degree in nursing program was established in 1963 with a $7,600 grant from the Kellogg Foundation and served as the only such program in western New York for several years. From seven pilot associate nursing degree programs in four states in 1958 to 130 nationwide by 1963, nursing education programs are now offered at more than 1,000 community colleges.

JCC offers the associate degree in nursing program on both the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus admitted its first freshman nursing class in 1989.