A key indicator of success for the new science and health building will be the extent to which all students are welcome and use the space. So connecting science majors with non-science majors shows all students the value of the breadth of liberal arts inquiry.
And this well-planned, well-equipped building will serve students in the core programs even better. For example, nursing students will be better served by having anatomy and physiology faculty and lab space on the same floor, as well as math faculty and tutors nearby in the same building. Nurses are being called upon to fill expanding roles and to master technological tools and information management systems while collaborating and coordinating care across teams of health professionals, as well as perform daily tasks such as calculating medicine dosages and converting units and drip rates. The integrated nature of the new building will help foster competencies in leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration.
[Some students say] that the nursing program is very difficult. Right now pre-nursing students are in the science building, and nursing students are in a different building. We don’t even know each other. If we did, the older students could help younger pre-nursing students if they have struggles along the way. Being in the same building will demystify the program, reduce fear about the work and help students know each other better.”
— Gladys Kamau ’16, Nursing