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Stimulus funds help Fresno State nursing program

Fresno State nursing students will get simulation mannequins so they can practice their skills, university officials said Friday.

The university's Department of Nursing received $174,356 in federal stimulus funds for the mannequins, said Michael Russler, head of the nursing program.

The equipment will be part of the university's simulation laboratory, scheduled to open in February 2011.

Students from nursing programs throughout the central San Joaquin Valley will use the lab for training.

A gift from the estate of Alpheda Knorr, who was head nurse supervisor of operating rooms at Valley Medical Center in Fresno, helped build the nursing skills simulation laboratory, Russler said.

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