Simulation Program Overview
The A.I. Teal Corte, Jr. Nursing Assessment Lab is approximately 2,486 square feet divided into two areas. One side of the lab is primarily used as a skills lab while the other side is a simulation lab. The skills lab side has a “nurses’ station” area and the perimeter of the room is lined with eight hospital beds. Each bed area has a curtain for privacy, nightstand, overbed table, and non-functioning but realistic oxygen and suction wall unit above each bed. The center of the room has chairs for students with a portable computer and projector available.
The simulation lab has four beds around the room’s perimeter just as the sills lab. The simulation lab has a centrally located control room with clear views of all four beds behind one-way glass. Inside the control room are four stations and two large video screens that can be used for digital recordings of simulation.
A second lab space was constructed and opened in August 2013. This lab space is approximately 1,540 square feet. This space is configured for eight hospital bed areas as described in the above. The second lab has a seating area with 25 chairs, a demonstration/sink area for IV and mediations, a podium area with overhead projector, and a storage room.
High-fidelity manikins and standardized patients have been incorporated into nursing curricula for over a decade, allowing participants to practice nursing care in a safe, controlled environment in order to promote clinical decision making practice. Both Quality for Safe Education for Nurses (QSEN) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have called for transformation in nursing education to focus on quality and safety evidence-based nursing practice to improve patient care ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes.
AUSON has a wide range of equipment to assist students in becoming professional nurses. These include:
- High-fidelity manikins (4 total with 2 adults, 1 newborn, and 1 birthing manikin)
- Moderate-fidelity manikins (3 total with 2 adults and 1 child)
- Low-fidelity manikins (15 total)
- Task trainers for IVs, tracheostomy care, etc.
- Portable electronic medication dispensing system
The Nursing Resource Coordinator is Karol Renfroe, RN, MSN. She is responsible for the management of all the lab spaces. Simulation is conducted by the assigned faculty in each clinical course. Simulation has been incorporated into all clinical courses at AUSON. The Simulation Learning Coordinator is Dr. Teresa Gore, a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.