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Photo from the SCENE lab openingWhen UNCG’s School of Nursing dedicated its new Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education (SCENE) last week, it opened a new era for Nursing students.

“It’s just a thrill to dedicate this center,” said Dean Robin Remsburg. It had opened to students last semester.

The nursing school will be able to more than double its number of simulations this academic year, compared to last academic year, she explained. Students will go through 8 or 9 individual simulation scenarios this year, helping prepare them for real-life medical situations.

At the dedication, Kimberly Diniz, a senior Nursing student, explained that the patient simulations help you practice before you encounter the situations in your career. And you get to assess, via videorecording, how you performed. “Simulations are the way to grow,” she said.

Susan Hensley-Hannah and Julie Kordsmeier, who serve as clinical assistant professors and simulation coordinators, stood by the future nurse as she spoke to the large gathering.

“Thank you very much for what you’re doing for future generations – and for mine,” the undergraduate told Jackie and Walter Wolfe.

The Wolfes made a substantial contribution in support of the SCENE lab.

It was made in honor of Jackie McKoy Wolfe and her “tremendous commitment to nursing and education,” said Dr. Walter Wolfe. He was a longtime surgeon at the Duke School of Medicine.

Jackie Wolfe received her BSN at UNCG in 1971. She fondly recalls the powerful influence and example set by Nursing Dean Eloise Lewis, a great mentor for many students. Jackie carried what she learned through her career as an intensive care nurse, a cardio-thoracic nurse clinician and a head nurse of the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit at Duke Medical Center.

Last Wednesday, she was back where she started, where Dean Lewis and many nursing professors had helped her develop the skills and learning that translated to helping thousands of patients – and many other medical professionals as well. “It’s a great school,” Jackie says. “They made an investment in me that got me far along in my career. Now we want to make an investment in them.”

By MaryK McGinley and Mike Harris

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