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b. Capabilities of the Applicant Organization
UW SON has the technical resources and community linkages needed to carry out the project.
i. Institutional Resources
University of WA Facilities
UW is a teaching and research university located in Seattle, Washington. Nearly 43,000 graduate
and undergraduate students are enrolled. The campus covers 700 acres, housing Schools of Arts
& Sciences, Law, Library & Information Science, Education, Architecture/Urban Planning,
Engineering, Business Administration, Forest Resources, Ocean/Fishery Sciences, Public
Affairs, and the Health Sciences Center.
The Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center (HSC) houses the Schools of Dentistry,
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health & Community Medicine. UW Medical Center
(UWMC), a major teaching hospital, is adjacent to teaching areas. Harborview Medical Center is
a UW-affiliated Level I, county-owned trauma center with Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
Center. Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center is a UW-affiliated facility located within
2 miles of the Seattle campus.
Health Sciences Library & Information Center (HSLIC) is located in the HSC. HSLIC web
resources are available to students and faculty throughout the 5-state WA, WY, AK, MT, and ID
region, regardless of physical location. HSL contracts with the National Library of Medicine to
host the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, which connects
health professions across the region to information services. Resources include 1600 print
journal subscriptions, 136,000 book titles, 486 video titles, 263 educational software titles, 3600
electronic journals, 112 electronic textbooks, and 140 web-based databases. All online content is
made available through the HealthLinks website. HSLIC focuses on digital provision of
information and is particularly strong in clinical references. HSLIC offers online tutorials in
information access, and assists users with access and search problems via phone or email.
Computer Resources. UW Computing and Communications (C&C) is responsible for
administration of computing for instruction and research. C&C facilities include a campus-wide
communications network linking terminals, computers, and local area networks to a central C&C
site. Basic ISP services are provided free to students, faculty, and staff. C&C offers guidance and
support to distance students via email and phone.
Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) offers outreach and academic support to students from
minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. OMA provides information sessions and
recruitment/admissions for underrepresented undergraduates statewide. Additional OMA
services include tutoring, academic, personal and career advising, and other assistance.
Health & Sciences Center Minority Students Program (H&SC-MSP). In an alliance with the
OMA, HSC-MSP offers peer support organization for health science ethnic minority students,
summer RAP (Research Apprentice Program) for high school ethnic minority students, Summer
Enrichment Program, & STAR (Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers) targeting
Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education (CHSIE) has pioneered methods to
enhance interprofessional collaboration. CHSIE develops, implements and sustains an
interdisciplinary educational model for clinical preparation of collaborating practitioners across
the Health Sciences schools. It educates future healthcare providers to recognize and appreciate
the skills of other team members within patient care systems.
Quentin N. Burdick Interdisciplinary Rural Health Traineeships are available to nursing and
other UW Health Sciences students participating in rural research and clinical experiences.
Office of Educational Assessment offers online student evaluation of teaching effectiveness.
Financial Aid Although tuition at the UW is less than at many comparable institutions, most
students seek tuition assistance or scholarship support. Options include loans, traineeships, and
Research, Teaching, or Staff Assistant paid positions. State employees, including employees of
the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), UWMC, Harborview Medical Center, and
Western and Eastern State (psych) Hospitals are eligible for 6 credits of free tuition each quarter.
Facilities within the School of Nursing (SoN)
SoN Educational Innovations (EI). Responsible for the SoN's web presence and technology-
enhanced distance learning (TEDL). Provides support services for SoN academic programs. The
Associate Dean for EI oversees the division. A web manager, instructional designers, and media
specialists are available to provide technical and administrative services, training, and coaching
to faculty in developing Web-based and Virtual Classroom instruction systems for courses. They
receive some state-support to maintain TEDL; however, external funds are required if they are to
assist with new initiatives.
EI manages approximately 60 course web sites per quarter. Over 10 of these courses feature
lectures streamed digitally over the Web. Many of these courses use EI supported software for
online discussions, evaluations, testing, and collaborative interactions. Technology Seminars,
hands-on software training and practical demonstrations are provided for faculty and staff.
Academic Services Office provides administrative support regarding program and curriculum
development, local and national student recruitment, and student advising. AS facilitates
contractual arrangements with clinical preceptors and sites.
Office for Nursing Research (ONR) provides research support services for students and faculty.
Students have no-cost access to all ONR resources.
Computing Facilities within SON. Within the School of Nursing (SoN) are more than 500
personal computer workstations on a managed Microsoft Windows, most of which are PCs
running recent versions of the Windows operating system. They are secured by an integrated
firewall capacity, the latest in antivirus software, and a combination of anti-spyware tools to
maintain a high level of computing security and reliability. Virtually all of these PCs are attached
to the campus network, a local area network, and the Internet, either by high-capacity wired or
wireless connections. In addition to electronic mail and Web browsers, standard office
applications software such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics are
available. Secure file sharing and database services, as well as statistical analysis software, are
provided by SoN administered servers to authenticated School workstations. The SoN manages
and collocates its servers within a controlled access, high quality, high capacity server facility
maintained by UW campus computing resources. In-house SoN information technology staff
maintain and support these servers as well as desktop and laptop PC users throughout the SoN
SON Electronic Classrooms. Two electronic classrooms equipped with remote controlled,
broadcast quality television cameras in SoN are designed for videotaping and/or
videoconferencing (VC) classes. Instructional materials for VC and video streaming are viewed
via document cameras, slide-to-video converters, and computer-based scan converters.
UW Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) is accredited by ANCC Commission on Accreditation
(accreditation expires 2010). CNE offers local, regional, national, and international conferences
and courses for nurses and other health professionals. CNE offerings mirror and disseminate
faculty scholarship and address the needs of the nursing community throughout WA.
Videoconference facilities. SON has successfully VCed with numerous community VC facilities
throughout Washington State. UW Bothell (north) and Tacoma (South) have VC resources
accessible without charge. In addition, most rural hospitals and health departments have VC
capabilities (but require telephone line charges). K-20 Network is a State-funded program
allowing electronic communication between all WA public academic institutions. WA provides
outside ISDN lines to each school and college. Schools provide the internal wiring needed to
access the system and must cover equipment costs. There are no long distance line charges for
using the system. We anticipate that the K-20 Program will continue to decrease the cost of
transmitting and communicating with distance students.
Clinical Facilities. SON currently has contracts with more than 600 agencies, including State
social service agencies, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, county Departments of Health, and
the King County Medical Examiners Office.