The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas greatly expanded its simulation laboratory with the opening of the Epley Center for Health Professions in January 2012.
The lab is designed to give students hands-on clinical experience. It includes:
- Fundamentals laboratory
- Health-assessment laboratory
- Intensive-care unit
- Pediatrics room
- Labor, delivery and recovery room with a nursery and a mannequin that delivers a baby
- Two-room medical-surgical unit
Each room is occupied by high-fidelity mannequins that can simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions that nurses will see in a real health-care environment. Cameras in the lab send data from the "patient" rooms to any of five classrooms in the simulation lab. All of the simulation training is recorded, and students and instructors can review the videos to learn from the students' performance. Instructors program the mannequins, including verbal communication, from a control room.
Other features of the lab:
- Laptops at every bedside to prepare students for their future clinical experience in documentation
- Same equipment that is used in facilities where nursing students receive their on-site clinical experience
- Head wall units to simulate oxygen administration and suctioning when necessary
- Medication carts
- Crash carts
- EKG machines
To learn about educational opportunities available at the sim lab, please contact the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at 479-575-3904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.