Eastern Oklahoma State College

Eastern names nursing skills lab in honor of Puterbaugh Foundation gifts

May 03, 2022

WILBURTON, OK (May 3, 2022) – Eastern Oklahoma State College recently named a nursing skills lab on the Wilburton campus to honor its longtime partnership with the Puterbaugh Foundation of McAlester.

Eastern President Dr. Janet Wansick said The Puterbaugh Foundation Nursing Skills Lab received its official name in honor of the Foundation’s financial support of the college’s nursing program for the past 30 years.

“The Puterbaugh Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Eastern’s nursing program, providing more than $500,000 in funding over the past 10 years alone,” Wansick said. “During the past two years, the nation has faced one of the worst public health crises in our history and the need for skilled nurses has never been more evident. The Puterbaugh Foundation’s support will ensure Eastern can provide top-tier nursing instruction and our graduates will have the most advanced training and experience possible to enter the workforce.” 

In addition to its annual support of nursing scholarships, Wansick said The Puterbaugh Foundation gave a dedicated $306,000 donation this year for equipment and technology upgrades in the nursing skills labs located in Wilburton, McAlester and Idabel. Eastern purchased new clinical simulation manikins to train nurses for scenario-based patient care, defibrillator simulation machines, IV training arms and pumps, as well as additional skills equipment and supplies including foley catheter kits, gloves and dressing supplies.

The Puterbaugh Foundation provides annual scholarships to about 14 nursing students each year, as well as additional funds for each graduate to pay for their NCLEX exam. All nurses must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before they can work as a registered nurse.

Puterbaugh Foundation Trustee Cara Bland, who also serves on the Eastern Board of Regents, thanked the nursing students in attendance at the dedication event on April 22.

“I am so proud to be part of this project to help address a vital need in our community, as well as our nation,” Bland said. “I want to thank each of the students who have committed to such a noble profession and dedicating yourselves to caring for the patients in this world who you will come in contact with.”

Eastern President Dr. Janet Wansick (left) celebrates the dedication of the Puterbaugh Foundation Nursing Skills Lab with Trustee Cara Bland (center) and Eastern Nursing Director Gina Bullock.

Eastern Nursing Director Gina Bullock (left) and instructor Lindsey Parker demonstrate the college’s new clinical simulation manikin purchased with a donation from the Puterbaugh Foundation as Trustee Cara Bland looks on.