The Simulation Center accommodates student learning through scheduled time for guided practice with faculty and unscheduled time for individual or group practice of procedures, skills, and nursing activities. Students will experience many opportunities throughout the semester to embrace the role of the nurse through simulated learning.
The Simulation Center has eight adult simulators, two pediatric simulators, a medication dispensing unit, an academic electronic health record, and many other items. Students use the simulators to learn skills such as how to insert a nasogastric tube, and urinary catheter as well as performing vital signs, including taking a patient’s pulse, blood pressure, and counting respirations. Other skills that students learn using the mannequins are how to suction a tracheostomy, give intravenous medications and perform head-to-toe assessments, which include listening to lung, heart and bowel sounds.
The student’s simulated learning experience will begin in the spring semester of the freshmen year and progress through graduation.