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UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing Receives
Oxygen Monitoring Equipment

 MAILED:  Aug. 12, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The clinical skills laboratory for nurses at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing received state-of-the-art oxygen monitoring equipment and additional educational resources valued at more than $5,000 from a national collaboration of two nursing associations and a leading healthcare technology manufacturer.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives partnered with Nellcor to donate advanced-technology Nellcor(r) pulse oximeters and educational resources to 125 schools of nursing in 48 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The donation provides oximeters and educational materials to schools selected by AACN and AONE. Each school also will have access to the expertise of Nellcor's field-based team of hospital clinical consultants.

Pulse oximeters are routinely used in critical care units and increasingly in many other patient-care areas. Pulse oximeters offer a cost-effective way to measure a patient's heart rate and the amount of oxygen in the blood non-invasively, that is, without needing to pierce the skin.

"The pulse oximeter is a very important assessment tool for nurses and it is very fortunate that our students will be able to use this equipment to understand oxygen monitoring in a school laboratory," said Michaelene Mirr Jansen, the UW-Eau Claire professor of adult health nursing who applied for the grant. "The students also will be able to take this equipment on home visits or other clinical settings to accurately assess their client's oxygen status. In this time of budget constraints, we are very appreciative of the generosity of Nellcor, AACN and AONE to provide expensive monitoring equipment."

UW-Eau Claire's School of Nursing is recognized nationwide for its quality graduates, Mirr Jansen said, adding that the school strives to provide an array of experiences for students so they are prepared for a variety of health care settings upon graduation.

"At a time when the entire healthcare continuum is strapped for resources, generosity like Nellcor's is sorely needed," said AACN President Connie Barden. "We were frankly overwhelmed by requests for technology and training materials and are pleased to accommodate 125 nursing programs with this initial donation. Incorporating sophisticated technology into the core education of new nurses will help ensure the safety and efficacy of nursing care."

"This program is a classic demonstration of how professional organizations and industry can work together to create a lasting impact," said AONE President Rita Turley. "Nellcor's generous support of education and technology will impact an entire generation of nurses, and the countless patients for whom they care over the course of their careers."

For more information about the new equipment, contact Mirr Jansen at (715) 836-5014 or mirrmp@uwec.edu.

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Updated: August 15, 2003