Rep. Kathy Castor to tour new USF College of Nursing

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor will tour the newly renovated USF College of Nursing George & Marian Miller Center for Virual Learning Monday. ORACLE PHOTO/ BREANNE WILLIAMS


U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is coming to USF Monday to tour the newly renovated USF College of Nursing George & Marian Miller Center for Virtual Learning and to speak on her support for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (NWRA).

The center reorganized the 5,466 square-foot simulation lab during the renovation over winter break, the first renovation since the creation of the building in 2006. The assessment and computer lab were converted to replicate 12 patient rooms in a modern hospital.

There are also four new simulation rooms with “control rooms for observation, a skills lab with 10 beds, a community health room and a lab classroom that seats 40,” according to USF Health.

Castor plans to speak on her support of the NWRA, which reauthorizes federal funding for nursing workforce initiatives, which currently is “the largest source of federal financing support for nursing education,” according to a press release from Castor.

The tour coincides with Bull Nurses Week, hosted by the College of Nursing in collaboration with the Nursing Student Association, which runs Feb. 13-17. The week will kick off with a breakfast, as well as a hygiene supply drive for Syrian refugees, the March of Dimes fundraiser and an expert nurse panel.

There are more than 2,000 students in the College of Nursing and “students provide more than 500,000 clinical hours, yearly to the Tampa Bay community,” according to the press release.

Castor will begin the tour at 11 a.m. and will speak with Dr. Donna Petersen, Dean of USF College of Public Health, Interim Dean of USF College of Nursing, Dr. Teresa Gore, Director of Experiential Learning, USF College of Nursing and Dr. Victoria Rich, Interim Associate Dean, Academics Affairs