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Presbyterian Village North (PVN), a faith-based nonprofit senior living community, is delighted to announce it received a $10,000 grant from West Coast University. This grant will help provide nursing education for the current staff, including tools for developing skill practices and service training materials. PVN will implement a multifunctional mannequin for hands-on training and will purchase virtual education training materials with the grant funds. The university chose PVN because the senior living community contributes to the education of area nursing students by allowing them to participate in supervised on-site clinical training.


“We were thrilled to receive this wonderful grant. We have developed relationships with three area nursing schools that send students to our 66-acre campus to fulfill the clinical portion of their education,” said Jennifer Goen-Runnels, director of nursing at Presbyterian Village North. “Students from West Coat University, Chamberlin College of Nursing and El Centro go through clinical rotations at PVN two days a week. Students are supervised by a PVN nurse or an on-site instructor who oversees them as they tend to real patients and residents. The students conduct patient assessments to determine residents’ activities of daily living (ADL), as well as perform certain medical procedures and tasks. We are delighted to offer students this incredible opportunity and give them firsthand experience they can use in their career.”


Each semester, approximately 300 students from all three schools complete the clinical training at PVN. There is a shortage of nurses both nationally and in Texas, and relationships like this help students fulfill their curriculum requirements in a timely fashion while gaining much-needed experience.


“We have high standards at PVN and hold every student to those standards when they serve patients and residents on our campus,” said Goen-Runnels. “This is an eye-opening experience, and we consider it an honor to train the next generation of health care professionals. The new tools purchased with the grant will further sharpen our nursing skills to ensure we continue to deliver exemplary care.”


West Coast University recently presented Presbyterian Village North with a check.

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