YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A former Youngstown State University nursing student has given back to her alma mater in a big way.
On Monday, the John and Dorothy Masternick Nursing Simulation Laboratory was dedicated. The lab gives students a new hands-on learning experience, and nursing student Gina March said she already has benefited from the new setup.
“It is so realistic. It is giving us an opportunity to learn this kind of thing without having to go in blind in a hospital setting,” March said. “Simulation is awesome as a student. It facilitates knowledge that you would not get in the classroom.”
The new lab has three simulation patients, including a baby, and state-of-the-art equipment. Students can take their vitals and blood pressure. The mannequins can even open and close their eyes.
Dr. Nancy Wager, chair of the YSU Department of Nursing, said the lab is another level of education for students.
“Our students now have the ability to have simulation on an ongoing basis, along with their clinical experiences in hospitals,” Wagner said.
The lab was made possible by a donation from John and Dorothy Masternick, who met at Jones Hall in 1947.
“My mother is a registered nurse and was attending nursing school, working as a nurse at Northside Hospital and attending classes here when she met my father,” Atty. John Masternick said.
Dorothy Masternick was there for Monday’s dedication. Her husband, John, passed away. He founded Windsor House skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Their son, Atty. John Masternick, now runs the business.
He said he was thrilled with how the lab turned out.
“It was hard for me to believe that a gesture like that could have such a big impact. I am overwhelmed,” Masternick said.
The Maternick family also announced a new scholarship for nursing students at YSU.