Class of 2013
“Being part of the planning process of the new School of Nursing labs has been an amazing and unique experience for me.”
MSOE nursing student Megan Syversen had the chance to provide direct input during the planning phase of the brand new, 25,000 square-foot Ruehlow Nursing Complex. “Being part of the planning process of the new School of Nursing labs was an amazing and unique experience for me. I was involved in everything from figuring out the best layout of the entire department and picking out color schemes to selecting furniture for the different areas and watching the development,” she said.
The experiential learning and simulation center includes four simulation suites connected by a central nurses station, similar to a hospital intensive care unit. Each simulation suite includes a patient room with computer-controlled manikins and medical equipment and gives students a chance to learn and practice their skills in near real-life situations.
“Having the environment and floor layout simulate what we experience in the clinical setting really enhances our learning and helps to optimally prepare us for when we practice on our own,” said Megan.
A unique feature of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex is the direct linkage of two classrooms with two simulation rooms. Students learn theoretical concepts in class and can immediately turn to the back of the classroom where the opened wall allows them to apply what they have just learned to the care of a patient in the simulated hospital. “This is a great opportunity because there are many things in nursing that are better learned by watching an actual patient simulation or demonstration,” said Megan. In addition, each of these rooms contains biomedical technology and other equipment necessary to care for patients with diverse needs.
In two state-of-the-art health assessment laboratories, students learn health assessment skills and about active integration of pharmacology with medication administration. These skills prepare sophomores for their first clinical experience with real patients. “I’m excited for the labs to have designated areas for students to come in and practice skills such as IV insertion, listening to regular and irregular heart and breath sounds, practicing giving injections, the possibilities are endless,” said Megan.
The home care lab is set up like a handicap accessible studio apartment. Students take turns playing the role of the patient and teaching one another how to maneuver within the home with an illness. Students also learn how to use adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and assistive devices within the home, and receive a simulation of what their patients experience.
Finally, the student lounge provides a comfortable atmosphere for nursing students to work on group projects or relax between classes. “The best part about the new nursing complex is that student nurses have a place to call their own,” said Megan.
MSOE’s curriculum incorporates a strong technology base that teaches students how to be better caregivers. Graduates are comfortable with the technology they use on a daily basis because they had extensive experience using that technology during their four years at MSOE.