There are multiple Simulation Labs on the second floor which can be reconfigured according to the needs of the faculty and/or course. Although each room is "themed" to a certain aspect of nursing care, most all can be configured similarly when teaching large groups concurrently.
The Maternal/Child lab is primarily designed for use in Obstetrics and Pediatric scenarios. Some of the room's unique features include:
- Birthing Bed
- Privacy Curtains
- Fully-functional Infant Warmer
- Pediatric Cribs
This room is often home to several of our specialized manikins including: Noelle® (birthing simulator), SimNewB® (neonate), and SimBaby™.
Our Med Surg room was created to highlight the activities a nurse might encounter in the Medical/Surgical care ward of a hospital.
Typical skills performed here include:
- IV Starts
- Foley Catheter Insertions
- Wound Care
- Medication Administration.
These are all foundational elements that help to prepare our students for their future careers in nursing. Our Nursing Anne™, Nursing Kelly™, and SimJunior® manikins often call this area home.
The ICU lab was modeled to closely resemble what might be found in an Intensive Care Unit treatment area.
Some notable features of this space include:
- A simulated nurses' station with active telemetry feeds from each bedside
- ICU style headwalls with modular accessory points
- Overhead patient lift system for practicing transfer techniques
Our higher fidelity manikins (such as SimMan® and SimMan® 3G) are often used for simulations in this lab space.
Although similar in design to our Med Surg area, our Basic Skills lab is a much bigger simulation room.
When properly configured, this lab allows nearly double the space of any other teaching area on the second floor. This room is often used to accommodate larger groups of students (or visitors), and with 10 fully functional treatment stations, it is ideal for staging disaster or mass casualty type scenarios to further enhance the simulation experience.
Depending on the scenario, most any of our manikins could be found here during a typical training session.
The Health Assessment lab is where students learn the Physical, Psychological, and social examination skills required to correctly diagnose and treat their patients. This room has 6 open bays complete with medical exam tables and diagnostic wall units.
The space also has numerous anatomical training aids including:
- Ear and eye manikins with configurable problems and conditions
- A life-size musculoskeletal model
- Blood pressure training arms
- Multifunction sound trainers (for recognizing heart, breath, and bowel abnormalities)
These and many other highly realistic teaching tools are available for use in this space.
The PSL suites are one of the highlights of the simulation labs. These 2 highly configurable spaces can serve as anything from a private patient suite to an operating room (including a surgical scrub sink just outside the doors).
Each room has one bed, a modular headwall unit (complete with air and suction), touchscreen patient monitors, and a fully stocked crash cart for medical emergencies.
There is also a one-way mirror in each room which connects to the simulation audio/visual control room to allow for scenario monitoring and observation.
Our SPE suites are shockingly realistic in comparison to what one might find when entering a typical patient exam room.
There are a total of 6 individual exam suites complete with medical exam tables, sinks, and furniture. A two-person nurses' station is configured at the end of the hallway with a work area and computers for electronic charting.
The SPE units were designed with two entry doors for each room. One door allows the student nurse to enter from the main hall while the other allows the patient to enter from a separate wraparound lounge space. This configuration helps to ensure each session is a unique "first interaction" type experience.
Another unique area of the 2nd floor is the Home Care simulation lab. The space is designed to mimic what one might encounter as a community health nurse or when working in an assisted care type environment.
This room closely resembles a small apartment and includes a kitchenette, Murphy bed and full size bathroom.
The Home Care suite can be utilized in a number of different ways but can often be found configured for scenarios that deal with the health and safety of the elderly.
The control room has six independent viewing stations for observing lab activities in the SPE and Home Care areas. There are also two large flat screens (with webcams) on the wall that can be used for telehealth visits or additional observation capabilities. Each station includes a wireless headset and "talkback" functionality for transmitting audio to and from each from exam room.
This configuration allows faculty to asses student performance from afar and provide guidance only when necessary. Each interaction can be recorded for playback afterward to further analyze and help improve learner skills.