Decker Foundation creates an Innovative Practice Center at Binghamton University


The Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation has announced a gift of $500,000 to Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing to create an Innovative Practice Center. The gift will allow the school to establish a state-of-the-art clinical simulation and multimedia center to support the clinical learning needs of the school’s growing undergraduate and graduate student population.

The announcement was made at the Decker School’s 35th anniversary celebration held May 13, 2005.

“The Decker Foundation has been an extraordinary supporter of the Decker School of Nursing and the University,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “This new gift will allow us to be state-of-the-art as well as more efficient in the clinical learning process for our students.”

“The establishment of the Innovative Practice Center exemplifies the mission of the Decker Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. Decker had a passion for excellence and a commitment to higher education in the health care field,” said Gerald E. Putman, executive director of the foundation. “With the continuing nationwide shortage of trained nurses, this new facility will help the Decker School of Nursing address that shortage in a very tangible way for our community.”

The federal government projects that the shortage of nurses in New York state alone will exceed 17,000 by 2010 and nearly 30,000 by 2015. The Decker School is focused on helping to fill the gap, said Sarah Gueldner, dean of the school.

“We’ve increased admissions by almost 100 percent over the last three years, in part through our Baccalaureate Accelerated Track for persons who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field,” Gueldner said. “These students are highly motivated and have demonstrated their ability to complete the program and pass the licensure examination in one year.”

With increased enrollment comes the need for additional clinical training opportunities, and the Decker School is fast approaching the capacity of affiliating clinical agencies to absorb its students, said Gueldner.

The Innovative Practice Center will provide clinical simulation for teaching most nursing procedures. “Given our now urgent need to train an increasing number of students more quickly in clinical settings, we’ll now be able to teach them more before they go into the agencies,” said Gueldner. “Expansion of clinical simulations will better prepare our students to use actual clinical time in the most efficient way.”

Equipment in the center will enable instructors to maximize clinical learning by integrating knowledge and skills and developing critical thinking prior to entry into real-life settings.

Last Updated: 9/17/13