State-of-the-Art Nursing Simulation Lab Provides Real World Experience

Students and Professor in Simulation Lab

In its ongoing effort to provide state-of-the-art education, The College of Nursing has both a skills lab and simulation center that promotes experiential learning in the context of a caring - healing practice environment. The bedside care lab is a 24-bed lab where students are introduced to foundational nursing skills. The students have the opportunity to develop their skills through hands-on interaction with manikins as well as other student learners.

The 8 simulation rooms are set up like hospital rooms. The use of both high and low fidelity manikins allow the students to work in a simulation experience where they can put theory into practice. Simulation provides a safe environment where students can make errors in high risk clinical scenarios without resulting in critical outcomes. There are four debriefing rooms where students and nurse facilitators to discuss the simulation. Our primary care clinic consists of six exam rooms used by our graduate student nurse practitioners to refine their skill set.

The manikins used for these scenarios include:

  • Simman 3G, wireless programmable
  • Hal, an advanced multipurpose simulator
  • Victoria, which offers an authentic automatic delivery
  • Super tory, an advanced newborn simulator with active limb motions
  • Our newest - Pediatric Hal with tracking and movement capability

These manikins have blinking eyes with pupil reactions, chest rise and fall, vocal abilities, as well as seizures. In addition heart and lung sounds can be checked and programed. In addition to simulation with the manikins we also use standardized patients.

We have an Anatomage Table that houses a life size display.  It has a human anatomy visualization system with a virtual library of human cadavers. This advance technology allows interactive hands-on participation for students to learn pathophysiology and multiple disease conditions through varying levels of dissections of the virtual 3D real scans.