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WVU-P nursing program to unveil infant simulator

PARKERSBURG — A Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower for Kelly’s Closet, sponsored by the nursing department at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Riverhawk Food Pantry, will be held 12:15-4 p.m. April 15 in room 2536.

The event is open to the community.

The baby shower is a celebration of a new arrival on campus, an infant simulator named Blake, which was recently given to the nursing program by the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation. Blake is a high-fidelity wireless simulator that offers students realistic hands-on patient care experience through true-to-life physical and physiological attributes essential for effective neonatal care simulation training.

During the event, students, faculty and staff in the nursing program will collect donations and other much-needed items for Kelly’s Closet. The local nonprofit organization provides clothing, shoes and backpacks for children aged newborn to 18 in foster or kinship care in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Refreshments and tours of the college’s newly renovated nursing simulation labs will be available. Nursing students will participate in simulations throughout the event.

“The infant simulator has been a tremendous asset in preparing our students in the Associate Degree in Nursing program to be the best providers across the lifespan to our community,” said Stephanie Smith-Stout, assistant professor of nursing and simulation coordinator. “We are hosting this baby shower, in collaboration with our very own Riverhawk Food Pantry, to show our appreciation for this gift and to pass along the blessing to children and families in need in our community.”

Kelly’s Closet is in need of the following items:

* Diapers of any size

* Underwear (sizes 2T – adult XL)

* Socks (crew or footie) for children and adults

* Leggings, capris and shorts (female, sizes newborn — adult XL)

* Sweats, athletic pants and shorts (male, sizes newborn — adult XL)

* Bras (training bras – sports bras, all sizes)

* Pajamas (male and female, newborn — adult XL)

* Athletic shoes and sneakers (sizes 2 youth – 9 adult, especially larger sizes for teens)

For more information, call Stephanie Smith-Stout at 304-424-8608 or sstout@wvup.edu.

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