The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $2,579 to State College of Florida Foundation to allow State college of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) to purchase four IV infusion pumps for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The new IV pumps will allow the nursing program to offer additional student practice. Infusion pumps offer significant advantages over manual administration of fluids, including the ability to deliver fluids in very small volumes and at precisely programmed rates or automated intervals. They can deliver nutrients or medications, such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs and pain relievers.

Nursing students gain in-demand skills using the IV infusion pumps, which are incorporated into training scenarios to replicate a wide range of real-life healthcare situations in medical facilities. The IV infusion pumps can be used to teach nursing students to develop consistent habits of responsible practice to avoid life-threatening medical dispensing errors. The more SCF can provide such experiences in a safe and controlled simulated clinical environment, the better prepared SCF nursing graduates will be.

SCF offers the most comprehensive, quality, affordable and accessible nursing education in the area. Because of the community support and outstanding faculty, SCF Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) graduates typically outperform state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Exam – NCLEX RN for Registered Nurses.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is a component of Manatee Community Foundation and has awarded more than $1 million since 2002 to enhance the quality of life for those who live in and around Lakewood Ranch.

To donate to SCF’s nursing program or for more information, contact Barbara Bourgoin, director of development for the State College of Florida Foundation, at