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Hartnell College's Nursing Department Plans Open House at New Facility

October 20th, 2003

Hartnell College's new state-of-the-art facility that houses the Department of Nursing and Health Services Education will hold an open house for the public on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Located at the Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, the facility provides instructional space for students who are studying Nursing (both Registered Nursing and Vocational Nursing), Medical Laboratory Technology, Phlebotomy, and Emergency Medical Technology. More than 200 students are enrolled in these programs.

Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau said the facility is moving Hartnell's health care education programs into a new era. "The Natividad site," he said, "contains the latest in technical equipment that will assist the college in meeting current health care and industry needs."

"We are very proud of our new home," said Debra Denham, director of nursing, "and we invite the hospital community as well as the general public to experience it. I urge everyone to attend the open house."

She said the Natividad Center site contains four classrooms and a computer lab with 36 stations with Internet access, an assortment of educational software programs, and practice exams for students preparing to take the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) and Registered Nursing RN) licensing exams.

One classroom, said Denham, is wired for "distance learning," enabling faculty and students to hold videoconferences.

There also is a nursing skills laboratory with five full-size mannequins that can simulate heart and lung sounds, a medical laboratory similar to those found in hospitals, a library, and administrative/faculty offices.

The open house will include several demonstrations by students, refreshments, and a short program featuring President Valeau, Denham and others.

The Hartnell facility is located on the third floor of Building 400 of the Natividad Medical Center, 1441 Constitution Blvd., Salinas.

For more information on the open house, call (831) 770-6153.