COLUMBIA, Mo. ― The Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri has received a $3 million gift from University of Missouri Health Care to help fund the renovation and expansion of the current School of Nursing building.
The renovation will transform the building, built in 1979, into a modern, state-of-the-art facility, with updated simulation labs and practice facilities, as well as an expanded research area. There also will be more classroom space, accommodations for distance learning, and lounge areas for students.
“We’re committed to the success of our partners at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing,” said Jonathan Curtright, chief executive officer for MU Health Care. “We’re honored to provide $3 million to help train more nurses for Missourians. We want our patients to receive the best care possible, and that means having top-notch nurses. We’re proud to partner with the school in this mission and are excited to see this project come to fruition.”
This investment in the Sinclair School of Nursing will support program expansion and enable a 30 to 40 percent increase in nursing graduates. In the current building, space constraints have contributed to the Sinclair School of Nursing having to turn away students.
“We are so appreciative of the support and great relationship with MU Health Care,” said Interim Dean Roxanne McDaniel. “This investment in the school will allow us to admit more students and educate more nurses to work at MU Health Care and across the state of Missouri.”
The investment is an example of the confidence health system leaders have in the high quality of the MU nursing faculty who educate, mentor and inspire the next generation of nurses. The Sinclair School of Nursing ranks as the No. 1 nursing school program by College Atlas Encyclopedia of Higher Education.
The United States Department of Labor anticipates a 15 percent growth in registered nurses across the United States in the next eight years.
Being able to admit more students and graduate more nurses from the Sinclair School of Nursing will have an advantageous effect on the aging population in Missouri and across the U.S.,” McDaniel said.
The project is slated for completion in 2021.
For more information about the Sinclair School of Nursing academic programs, research teams and renovation updates, go to www.nursing.missouri.edu.
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