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The Center of Nursing Excellence (CNE) is an initiative of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), located in the heart of downtown South Boston. The CNE is a Healthcare Learning Resource Center (LRC) offering classroom and simulated clinical education services for healthcare professions. Our dedicated staff work hard to ensure the CNE fulfills this mission.

  • CNE classroom

    The CNE classroom with fully functional instructional and audio-visual equipment seats 18 students.

  • Basic Skills Lab

    The Basic Skills Lab is a five bed hospital-simulated environment.

  • Advanced Simulation Lab

    Advanced Sim Lab: uses Laerdal's Sim-Man to simulate a wide range of critical care patient conditions.

  • Birthing

    Birthing/Newborn Sim Lab: equipped with NOELLE, a birthing simulation and Sim New-B, an adv. newborn manikin.

  • Conference Debriefing Area

    Conference/Debriefing Area:Accommodates small group sessions. Is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.

  • Virtual IV Station

    Virtual IV Station:An interactive, self-directed learning system for training intravenous catheterization.

The concept for The CNE was presented in 2007 in an effort to address the nursing shortage faced by the nation, state, and region.

In September 2008, this $1.6 million regional nursing education center within the existing SVHEC was renovated, furnished, and equipped, and opened just one year from conceptualization.

The CNE was funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Halifax Educational Foundation, the USDA, and others. This 4,175 square foot state-of-the-art nursing education facility, in collaboration with higher educational partners, offers nursing programs from nurse aide to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

The CNE offers students training in skills and assessments essential to nursing practice.

The need to increase student enrollment along with limited availability of clinical sites/experiences is a challenge of nursing programs.

This unique facility offers students the ability to acquire clinical and critical thinking skills in a safe environment with the use of advanced simulation technology.




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