Nursing remains one of the most important professions in the world and, yet, one of the most understaffed and underappreciated of the health care vocations. The Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing at LAU is committed to graduating skilled and conscientious professional nurses who are prepared to be full partners in health care.
One of the nursing curriculum’s distinguishing features is its emphasis on Inter-Professional Education, in which nurses work alongside medical and pharmacy students, as well as nutritionists and social workers, to create an atmosphere of collaboration and cross-fertilization in courses, laboratories, and clinical settings. IPE is increasingly being viewed as a way to reduce medical errors and improve patient care.
Our School of Nursing has a number of needs, but three are tantamount:
1) Scholarships: Nearly all of our nursing students need financial assistance in order to continue their studies toward a bachelor of science degree. Gifts of scholarship funds in any amount are welcomed. Endowed scholarship gifts beginning at $25,000 are especially important.
2) Simulation Lab: Nursing and medical students today hone their patient care skills on “simulated” patients – mannequins that can be programmed by a computer to exhibit a wide range of medical complaints and emergencies. A $1 million gift is needed to name the simulation lab, and smaller gifts are vital for purchasing equipment and supplies.
3) Research: A truly great nursing program combines teaching, patient care, and research. The Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing needs support to strengthen its research component. With faculty experts in areas such as public health, patient safety, diabetes and breast cancer, the opportunities for important research can be realized with gifts of $10,000 or more.