The University of Southern Maine is poised to increase the capacity of its School of Nursing, thanks to an investment of $2.5 million in public and private funds. With this investment, the university will double the size of its nursing simulation space over the next five years, helping to address Maine's critical nursing gap.
The planned expansion will be funded by $1.5 million in bond money and an additional $1 million from the Boyne family, longtime supporters of USM's School of Nursing. The Boyne gift will enable USM to fully build out a new 2,000 SF simulation center, with a supporting 2,700 SF interprofessional education facility in the Science Building C Wing on the Portland campus. In recognition, USM will name the new center the Boyne Family Advanced Nursing Simulation Lab.
Announcing the Boyne's $1 million gift, USM President Glenn Cummings said, "We deeply appreciate the generosity of the Boyne family and their ongoing commitment to the School of Nursing at USM. The completion of the new nursing simulation center will help expand enrollment opportunities in one of our signature academic programs, increase hands-on experiences for students, and ultimately send more qualified nurses into the Maine workforce where vacancies are waiting to be filled."