Gift of Exergen thermometers will aid students in TROY’s School of Nursing

Dr. Shellye Vardaman (center) hands out thermometers donated by the Exergen Corporation to TROY nursing students.

Dr. Shellye Vardaman (center) hands out thermometers donated by the Exergen Corporation to TROY nursing students.

Troy University nursing students will soon benefit from the gift of more than $40,000 worth of Exergen thermometers that will aid them in their studies and laboratory work.

Dr. Shellye Vardaman, Professor in TROY’s School of Nursing who procured the donation, said the School of Nursing received TAT-2000C SmartGlow home thermometers for every current pre-licensure undergraduate ASN and BSN student and 20 TAT-5000 professional thermometers, valued at $475 each, for use in the simulation and skills laboratories. The donation was valued at $40,300.

“Exergen Corporation announced that it will offer every accredited school of nursing in the country one free Exergen Home TemporalScanner for each student in its nursing program,” Dr. Vardaman said. “They will also give accredited schools a select number of professional TemporalScanner models for use in their hands-on skills labs. I was able to procure the donation of Exergen thermometers worth $40,300.”

The thermometer donation was valued at $40,300.

Exergen Senior Vice President Dr. Marybeth Pompei, a former RN, said that Exergen wanted to do something to assist Schools of Nursing as they prepare future nurses for the healthcare field.

“We must educate our nursing students that nothing is more important in screening for fever than an accurate thermometer,” Dr. Pompei said. “All nurses need to be able to take an accurate temperature non-invasively, and that starts with having an accurate non-invasive thermometer.”

Exergen manufactures and markets two series of the TemporalScanner thermometer: a professional version for hospitals and clinics, and a consumer version sold in major retailers nationwide. Used in thousands of hospitals and clinics across the country, as well as in millions of homes, TemporalScanners are the number one preference of pediatricians, nurses, and parents.

“The School of Nursing is incredibly thankful for Dr. Vardaman and her continuous efforts to support students,” said Dr. Wade Forehand, Director of the School of Nursing. “She discovered this opportunity to request Exergen thermometers by donation and jumped on the opportunity. As a result, the School of Nursing received a generous donation of temporal thermometers for students and the skills lab.”

Dr. Forehand said students will benefit greatly from the donation.

“The Exergen thermometers afford students the opportunity to interact and learn with the most up to date equipment in healthcare,” he said. “The accuracy of these devices is something that is well established through research. Students will get firsthand experience in using and learning how research translates into best practices.”

Dr. Vardaman said the donation will definitely aid TROY nursing students, but noted that this is not the corporation’s only foray into the area of nursing education. For nearly 20 years, it has been part of the nursing profession’s educational curriculum. Published textbooks from 2005 to present include Exergen thermometers and have set nurse training standards, relied upon in thousands of nursing programs nationwide.