In the labor and delivery suites, students will experience the complete birthing process. They may be called upon to act as labor coaches, assist with delivery, or provide postnatal care to the mother and newborn.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (NICU/PICU) and newborn nursery will be equipped with age-appropriate patient care simulators and equipment. Although premature birth affects one in ten babies born in the United States, given the fragility and high risk associated with these tiny patients, nursing students are rarely allowed to care for premature infants during their clinical practice experiences. The Simulation Hospital’s NICU/PICU will provide our students with these learning experiences inaccessible to them in the clinical practice setting. The scenarios will reflect the rapid deterioration of critically ill infants and children, which require health-care providers to think quickly and critically, and to communicate effectively with each other while providing safe patient care. Similar to other areas of the hospital, these scenarios will mimic real-life and will require the participants to think critically while providing safe, quality care.
Simulated emergency conditions in a controlled environment are what the student will experience in any of the operating rooms. Four fully-functioning Operating Rooms will provide opportunities for advanced students to practice life-threatening, high-risk, low-frequency events that are infrequently available to them in the clinical practice sites. Both undergraduate and graduate students will participate in scenarios stressing teamwork and effective communication which are crucial to positive patient outcomes.