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Texas A&M International Will Use Federal Money for Nurse Training

The Laredo university will use funds for VR software training and other student-centered programming.

A student in a classroom looking to the side while wearing a VR headset.
The Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo will use a portion of $5,381,454 in federal funding to attract nurses in training with a state-of-the-art virtual reality software program.

TAMIU’s Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Simulation Education training program will receive $1,489,619 of the funds.

In a city that’s underserved medically, attention continues to be focused on helping create more potential nurses.

Dean of the College and Nursing Health Sciences Marivic Torregosa said she looks forward to the new training program for nursing students so they may have a less difficult transition into the field.

“It’s going to allow us to train our students using state-of-the-art technology, which is virtual simulation,” Torregosa said. “We’ll be subjecting our students in certain scenarios that sometimes you might encounter in the hospital. So, we will see how they are able to use their critical decision making based on those simulations.”

“And this will impact the whole (nursing) student body that we have, and we have close to 300 students,” she said. “We are bringing cutting edge technology to nursing training.”

The remaining funds will benefit mental health programming and STEM programming.

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