The center, which will provide training to about 200 nursing students annually, supports “close-to-reality” teaching strategies that promote critical learning skills and are standard in most nursing programs today.
“A whole new world is opened to nursing students when they can practice in a safe, nonjudgmental setting, where it is okay to make mistakes and to learn from them through debriefing and peer review exercises,” said Miki Goodwin, chairperson of the Department of Nursing. “With practice sites limited, students can progress through school without performing typical nursing functions. Simulation allows faculty to enrich students’ learning experiences.”
The Nursing Simulation Center is housed in 3,600 square feet of new modules built on the northwest end of campus. It incorporates two patient simulation rooms, a control room with audio/video recording and monitoring equipment, two conference rooms, a nursing skills classroom with six beds, a seating area, and two storage rooms.
The center will enable testing of students’ clinical and decision-making skills in a simulated setting.
“We want our future nurses to practice, practice, and practice, so that they leave HNU with a reputation for providing proficient, safe, and professional patient-centered care,” Goodwin says.