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Midland Health to fund lab upgrades in expanded partnership with UTPB nursing program

Midland Health to fund lab upgrades to support UTPB nursing program

The SIM Lab at the University of Texas Permian Basin will be renovated, enhanced and renamed thanks to a financial commitment from Midland Health, which is expanding its support for the university’s School of Nursing.

According to the university, students and nursing staff will be able to train with high-tech, real-life equipment in a state-of-the-art simulation lab, leading to “greater care at the bedside.”

Amid rapidly advancing medical technology, learning new techniques and procedures is critical, the university said.

“As we produce more nurses in the region, we will need additional clinical space to train new and experienced staff,” said Dr. Kit Bredimus, chief nursing officer/VP nursing at Midland Health. “I am excited about the opportunity to continue growing the knowledge and expertise of our nursing workforce in the Permian Basin through this innovative partnership.”

Following the upgrades, the SIM Lab will be renamed as The Midland Health Simulation and Learning Resource Center at UTPB, according to the university statement.

In September 2021, UT Permian Basin and Midland Health partnered to allow fourth-semester nursing students currently in the MMH Nursing Intern Program to work on the floor alongside nurses during their clinical hours, which are required to graduate. The partnership provides relief to current nurses enduring staffing challenges due to COVID-19 and allows UTPB nursing students additional hands-on training. The nursing students are also compensated for their work.