In these unprecedented times, our communities need nurses more than ever. Helene Fuld Health Trust — the nation’s largest charitable trust devoted exclusively to supporting nursing students and nursing education — has recognized this need by awarding $6.8 million to UNC School of Nursing.
This gift is the largest private donation in the history of the school and will serve to fund both a world-class nursing simulation center and scholarships for second-career nursing students.
As the number one ranked public school of nursing in the United States, the UNC School of Nursing is already providing top quality education to its students. The $6.3 million Helene Fuld Health Trust Quality and Safety Education Center will provide a state-of-the-art simulated clinical environment that will further enhance the education of nursing students at Carolina. This center will become part of a larger project, mostly funded by appropriations from the state received in July 2020, to renew Carrington Hall — home to the UNC School of Nursing.
“Carolina Nursing is home to some of the best clinical simulation faculty in the world, and this new Center will give them the optimal platform from which to advance the pedagogy in this increasingly important aspect of nursing education,” said Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dr.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean and professor at the UNC School of Nursing.
The remaining $500,000 from the Helene Fuld Health Trust will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the school’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.) program. This rigorous, fast-paced program allows students to obtain their nursing degree in just four semesters. Through these scholarships, the school will be able to bring more nurses into the field when we need them most.
Through this grant, the UNC School of Nursing will have the resources to even better educate and prepare the next generation of nurses — who will go on to address the needs of North Carolina and beyond.