Recently, NNU’s former Student Commons was updated to provide new space for nursing students. Initial renovations have created three new rooms designated as lab space for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and pre-licensure students and storage for nursing equipment and supplies. Hands of Hope, a faith-based charitable organization generously donated the furniture, medical equipment and supplies for the labs.
“The new space is designed to simulate a current outpatient clinic environment,” Bethany Mello, FNP Program Co-Director said. “It allows for NNU nursing students and their ‘patients’ the opportunity to test in a more lifelike simulated environment.”
When the Conrad Student Commons was built, the old Student Commons was left unoccupied, aside from the Campus Store and the mailroom.
According to Linda Valenzuela, Dean of the College of Nursing, “Opening up the building for the nursing program allows NNU to accommodate the needs of more nursing students and continue to support program growth.”
Work on these updates began in November 2021 and was completed in December 2021 in time for two FNP cohorts to be on campus for residential clinical learning labs. NNU has plans to fully renovate the former Student Commons into a new nursing building in the future.