Marquette University
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation

High-tech simulation lab prepares future nurses

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Marquette University partnered with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center to bring a new clinical simulation lab to the school's College of Nursing. The new lab was designed to be at the technological forefront of nursing education, providing an environment that is as realistic as possible to the clinical environments that students will ultimately work in after graduation.

The new facility includes a simulated hospital with intensive care rooms, medical surgical rooms, a pediatric/neonatal intensive care unit and a labor and delivery suite. It also features provider offices, a home health/long-term care apartment, skills labs with various levels of technology and debrief rooms where educators can review video recordings of simulation exercises with the students. From its computerized patient mannequins to observation and debrief capabilities, the lab employs the latest technology. Equally important to the learning environment are the debrief rooms, where instructors and student teams can critique simulations. The debrief rooms allow the college to get maximum use of the simulation rooms and are designed as intimate spaces, helping instructors provide immediate feedback and facilitating engaged learning. The design takescues from Marquette University's campus, while not hesitating to step outside those boundaries to create a realistic health care environment. Take a live tour of the facility by clicking here.

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