The nursing arts lab at Mercyhurst North East will be dedicated to the late Sister Joseph Mary Kosarsky, RSM ’47 at a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Great Room of the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the MNE campus.
Sister Joseph Mary, who passed away in June, served as the director of the health services office of the college from 1970 until 1995 and as a trustee for 11 years. Mercyhurst College President Dr. Tom Gamble announced that the lab would be dedicated to Sister the college’s Heritage Dinner last March, when he also presented her with a President’s Medallion for her many years of service to the college.
The nursing lab, located in the Ridge Building, was recently equipped with nine state-of-the-art human patient simulators, along with an intravenous (IV) simulator. The simulators were purchased with a $31,000 Job Training Equipment Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, which was matched by the college.
Another grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation was awarded to the nursing department to hire a faculty member to integrate technology, including the new simulators, into the practical nursing and nursing associate degree programs. Mercyhurst North East was one of only 11 schools in the state to receive this three-year $150,000 faculty line grant.