Learning Resource Center (LRC)
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) in the School of Nursing provides materials that will augment and enrich student learning. The LRC is located on the second floor of the School of Nursing Building. The LRC is staffed by a full time Director as well as supportive student assistants. Hours of operation, include evenings and weekends, are determined each semester and posted in the School of Nursing.
The LRC includes rooms that can be used interchangeably as laboratory or classroom space with furniture and equipment that is mobile and easily rearranged to meet the needs of different courses. In addition, some rooms house specific equipment or simulators used to teach health assessment and specialized skills, such as Intensive Care, Anesthesia, Obstetrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatrics, and Home Care. Three interconnected rooms provide a fully stocked intensive care unit (ICU); a control room from which to operate the Human Patient Simulators in either of the two adjoining rooms; and an operating room with anesthesia, oxygen, and other equipment necessary within that setting. Media upgrades connect these rooms to two near-by larger classrooms where students can view the actions of small groups participating in a scenario in either the ICU or the Operating Room.
Health Promotion Center (HPC)
The Health Promotion Center (HPC) is a free standing community nursing center based in Bridgeport, Conn. The HPC operates on a public health model to serve as a safety net organization within the community. Services are provided through partnerships with community agencies. The goal of the HPC is to provide health education, screening, referral, and follow-up services at sites where people normally gather, so that services are more accepted and health education can be tailored to individual and community needs. Services focus primarily on environmental and cardiovascular health issues.
The HPC provides an important link for curriculum enrichment and service learning in the School of Nursing. The Manager of Community Services coordinates outreach programs to the underserved in Bridgeport in cooperation with course coordinators. This enables student involvement in community projects that are assigned as coursework. Both undergraduate and graduate courses have incorporated service learning that can be completed through the HPC.
Funding for the HPC comes through grants, subcontracts, contracts, and donations. Faculty research at the HPC also provides opportunities for students to become involved as research assistants.