Copley Nursing Alumnae Making a Difference
Between1893 and 1980, the Copley School of Nursing in Aurora graduated thousands of nurses, eager to serve those in need and make a mark on their profession. Copley Nursing Alumnae gather annually and maintain an active interest in Rush-Copley Medical Center.
One such alumna, Ollie Bradshaw, passed away in June, 2011 and honored Rush-Copley with a $100,000 bequest in her will. Mrs. Bradshaw, an alumna of the Class of 1939, was 93 when she died. Ms. Bradshaw enjoyed her career as a registered nurse at Dreyer Clinic and Copley Hospital, and continued her involvement as an active nurse alumna and volunteer in her community.
This testamentary gift will support nursing education at Rush-Copley Medical Center, including the cost of training and specialty certification for Emergency Department nurses, and the creation of a Simulation Learning Lab. This Sim Lab will include state-of the art electronic mannequins where nurses and resident interns can think through and practice complex medical procedures in a variety of clinical situations and conditions. The balance of costs associated with the Simulation Lab is being underwritten by a $75,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The Lab is anticipated to be ready for use beginning in the summer of 2013.