Nursing Labs & Facilities
The $3 million, 25,000-square-foot facility opened in 2013, enhancing the already innovative education experience that is the hallmark of an MSOE education. The complex includes:
These are four simulated hospital rooms connected by a central nurses station, similar to a hospital intensive care unit. The rooms feature call lights for the “patients,” who are high fidelity, lifelike manikins that can breathe, cough, talk or change conditions based on what nursing professors have programmed. Simulations allow students to communicate with patients, respond to patient needs, and witness the consequences of their decision-making and clinical reasoning in a hospital-like setting. Another unique feature is two classrooms are directly linked to simulation labs through a retractable wall. Students learn theoretical concepts in class and then can immediately apply what they have just learned to the care of a patient in the simulated hospital.
Students practice treating a variety of conditions with the help of four mock patients:
- Sim Junior Manikin: A pediatric patient that might have acute or chronic health conditions
- Premature Baby Manikin: A realistically proportioned 25-week preterm manikin developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Laboring Mom Manikin: A woman with maternal health needs who may be in labor or delivering her baby
- SimMan Classic Manikin: An adult that could have acute or chronic conditions
- SimMan Essential: A patient with an acute illness that can be transported into the classroom for additional teaching and learning
In two other laboratories, students experience situations related to invasive procedures and advanced patient care.
Health Assessment Labs
In two state-of-the-art laboratories, students learn health assessment skills and how to administer medications. These skills prepare sophomores for their first clinical experience with real patients.
Home Care Lab
The home care lab is set up like a handicap-accessible studio apartment, with a kitchen, table and chairs, living room furniture, large-screen TV, washer and dryer, and spacious bathroom with shower. Students take turns playing the role of the patient and teaching each other how to maneuver around the home with an illness. Students also learn how to use wheelchairs, walkers and other assistive devices to better understand what their patients experience.
This space allows students to engage in collaborative learning as well as socialize and relax. It features comfortable furniture and a touch-screen TV that can be used as a computer display screen for group work. There’s also a refrigerator, microwave and storage cabinets for nursing student organizations.
The center is not limited to nursing students. Biomedical, mechanical and industrial engineering students access the home care lab to test medical equipment and evaluate its technological fit and function in a patient’s home. Graduate students in MSOE’s perfusion program also use the simulation suite as a simulated hospital operating room.