Hastings College has raised $2.3 million of the committed $2.6 million to build and equip the $4.4 million educational facility at a second location for Bryan College of Health Sciences’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. This workforce development partnership will help address south central Nebraska’s nursing shortage and increase revenue at Hastings College through student attendance.

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New Nursing Classrooms, Labs

The nursing classrooms, laboratories and offices will occupy 17,000 square feet on the third floor of Mary Lanning Healthcare’s new Medical Office Building in Hastings. Groundbreaking was October 4, 2021, and the project is expected to tbe completed by June 2023.

A nursing laboratory with four beds will allow students to become proficient in nursing techniques such as taking blood pressures, placing IVs and checking heart rates. The Sunnyside Simulation Center will replicate a clinical environment and allow students to practice their skills on adult, pediatric and infant mannequin simulators controlled by nursing instructors in an adjacent room.

Nursing students will live in residence halls and take science and general education courses at Hastings College. Beginning their sophomore year, students will take nursing courses with Bryan College of Health Sciences faculty in the education center at Mary Lanning.

Collaboration Benefits the Community

“This collaboration provides important benefits for all three partners,” said Dr. Rich Lloyd, executive president of Hastings College and president of Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln. “While Bryan Health and Mary Lanning Healthcare will benefit from first access to well-trained nursing graduates, Hastings College will, when the program is at full capacity, add 120 students to its residence halls and classrooms. We’ll also boost the economic vitality of this region by helping prepare students for high-wage, high-demand jobs.”

The faculty and administrative suite in the nursing center’s west wing will be named for Leota Rolls ’55, who served 47 years as a nurse, nursing educator and senior vice president at Mary Lanning. The east wing will be called the Tim and Linda Daugherty Educational Center for Health Professions in memory of Tim Daugherty ’70, who died in 2020 and was a 21-year member of the college’s Board of Trustees, and in honor of his spouse, Linda Daugherty, a Bryan nursing graduate.

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