Improved Teaching Methods Improves Patient Care In 1859, Florence Nightingale published “Notes on Nursing,” the first instruction manual of any kind for nurses. Then in 1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago, the idea of higher education for nurses was introduced. The profession has come a long way since those days. And the School of Nursing at the UW has been at the forefront of many advances — establishing the first collegiate nursing program in the state and one of the earliest in the country in 1924. Today, the school continues to be a leader in maximizing healthy outcomes and eliminating health disparities through research, work, and teaching inside the walls of Signe Skott Cooper Hall, home to one of the largest active learning classroom complexes in the country. It’s because of the many life-changing breakthroughs that come out of this environment that we are creating an endowment to sustain our investment in our state-of-the-art active-learning environments. By doing so, the school will be able to keep these educational spaces and simulation facilities current, and allow faculty to continue offering relevant and realistic learning experiences to our students in our effort to prepare them for practice in the ever-changing and challenging healthcare industry. When new nurses find familiar settings and experiences as they enter practice, they contribute to healthcare teams more quickly and confidently. This fund will also support ongoing faculty development to ensure that our educators can leverage current technology in their teaching, learning, and research. Help new nurses to enter the workforce with competence and confidence in their skills.