Groundbreaking is scheduled Monday for an $18 million nursing research facility at the University of San Diego, named after the founder of the research and engineering firm, Science Applications International Corp.

The Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation will be a 30,000-square-foot three-story building connected to the current nursing school by a bridge and plaza.

Rendering of the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation. Image courtesy University of San Diego

The current nursing school was built almost 40 years ago and was designed for 100 students. USD now has more than 450 graduate nursing students.

“Our new building is truly designed to prepare the next generation of nurse scientists, educators, executives and advanced practitioners,” said Sally Brosz Hardin, dean of USD’s nursing school.

“It will include the new and expanded Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Center, the keystone of the school’s clinical teaching facilities and a national model for nursing education,” Brosz Hardin said.

“The center was given by the San Diego-based Dickinson Foundation, which has been a committed supporter of the school for more than a decade.”

The facility, which is scheduled to be completed by the fall of next year, will include a library where nursing doctoral candidates will be able to access online research databases for nursing materials.

A research center on the third floor will have units that focus on perinatal women’s health; healthy aging, cognition, and end-of-life care; and military and veterans’ physical and mental health.

The Beysters gave $8 million as a lead gift for the building. The school said alumni, people in the nursing community and staff also donated to the project, and funding opportunities with naming rights are still available for the research units and a training center.

SAIC was based in San Diego for decades until the corporate headquarters was moved to McLean, Virginia, five years ago. The company split last year into SAIC and Leidos, which focuses on defense, health and engineering systems.

The groundbreaking will take place on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, according to the university.

— City News Service

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