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Pulse Oximeter gift will be added to state-of-the-art Nurse Learning Center at BYU

The Brigham Young University College of Nursing has received a generous gift to their Nursing Learning Center.

Nellcor, a leader in pulse oximetry technology, recently donated an advanced technology Pulse Oximeter (valued at $4,250) along with related educational materials.

The donation was facilitated by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, an organization representing nurse leaders dedicated to improving health care. BYU College of Nursing was one of 150 schools selected by the AACN and AONE to receive a Nellcor N-395 Pulse Oximeter.

Often referred to as the fifth vital sign, oximetry, the level of oxygen in the blood, is an important indicator for critical care nurses.

"Oximetry is an important measure of a patient's progress, especially in acute care situations. This donation will help our students better understand oxygen transport while becoming acquainted with advanced pulse oximetry technology," said Patricia Ravert, associate professor and director of the college's learning resource lab.

The pulse oximeter will add to the college's growing Nursing Learning Center. The Center provides students the opportunity to practice patient care in a variety of near-to-life simulations. This endeavor to provide state of the art educational tools is part of the college's stated mission to train nursing leaders, a goal shared with the AACN and AONE.

"Our college has enjoyed a cooperative relationship with the AACN and the AONE," said Elaine Marshall, dean of the college of nursing. "To be recognized by these national organizations is a great honor and we look forward to future collaboration in our joint goal to train qualified nursing leaders."

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