The UMass campus in Springfield is making significant improvements to their nursing laboratory.
The campus received more than $700,000 worth of medical equipment in an effort to provide a real world experience in a controlled environment.
The equipment includes new cardiac monitors as well as mannequins that simulate birth were provided by a Washington-based company called Spacelabs.
The state of the art equipment will be used by UMass Amherst nursing students in the accelerated program.
Lab Simulation Director Heather Hamilton told 22News the equipment is similar to what’s currently being used in hospitals.
“We’re very happy that we have all the latest technology that we are using that are students can use,” Hamilton said. “So when they get into the hospitals, they are familiar with the equipment and are capable of giving good patient care using technology.”
Hamilton also told 22News that Spacelabs has made separate donations to the UMass Amherst campus as well.
All 95 students in the program in Springfield will have access to the new equipment.