After receiving a $75,000 Arkansas General Improvement Funds grant from the White River Planning and Development District, Arkansas State University-Newport will purchase a new human simulator for its Nursing and Allied Health learning lab on the Newport campus.

The state-of-the-art simulator, a full-body, high fidelity adult mannequin birthing patient, will be used to give ASUN’s students a safe and realistic clinical obstetrics learning simulation. The simulator further improves ASUN’s Nursing and Allied Health learning lab, already considered one of the finest in the area. The lab currently features a fully functional operating room that could actually be sterilized and used as a working surgery facility in the event of a national emergency or natural disaster. Arkansas State University-Newport’s Allied Health department offers programs of study for practical nursing, registered nursing, certified nursing assistant and surgical technology on its Newport campus, practical nursing and phlebotomy on its Jonesboro campus and practical nursing on its Marked Tree campus. ASU-Newport applied for the funds with the support of Mr. Van Thomas, Executive Director of White River Planning & Development District and District 47 State Representative Jody Dickinson. “We are extremely proud of our nursing programs and all of our allied health programs,” said Nancy Weaver, Director of Nursing on ASUN’s Newport Campus. “We are very grateful to Mr. Thomas, Representative Dickinson and the White River Planning and Development District for their assistance. Their support enables us to enhance the learning experience for our allied health students, which in turn, makes them more attractive on the job market.”