With more than 20,000 square feet of experiential learning space and plans to build out that space further, GW Nursing's Simulation Learning and Innovation Center is a sophisticated learning environment well-suited to our students and professionals seeking continuing education opportunities.
Our simulation spaces feature high-fidelity manikins suited to simulating a variety of different health care scenarios, rooms for monitoring and communicating with those in the simulated environments, including debriefing and interviewing rooms.
The Simulation Learning and Innovation Center houses a variety of simulated patients and standard clinical equipment, such as IV pumps, EKG monitors and isolation carts — all to add to the reality of our simulation space. Though our students use the space every day to learn and develop new skills as future nurses, we have also hosted a variety of professional development activities for those already in health care professions.
Under the leadership of Crystel Farina, our new director of simulation, and Dean Pamela Jeffries, we will expand the simulation spaces to accommodate more professional development events, community programs and other learning opportunities.
Uses for the Simulation Spaces
In addition to seeing daily use by our undergraduate students learning the ins and outs of nursing practices and procedures, our simulation center houses three areas for simulation experiences that are well-suited to use by others in our community. Settings include spaces for health assessment, acute care, home health and community care, as well as control rooms, debriefing spaces and conference rooms. Our center has hosted conferences, professional development activities, and graduate clinical skills testing and evaluation. Our simulation spaces offer a wide variety of benefits for learners of all skill levels in our community, from the aspiring nurse to the veteran health care professional.
Simulation in Nursing
Known throughout the nursing profession for her work in health care simulation, Dean Pamela Jeffries’ work reflects the power of experiential learning to prepare nurses and other health care professionals to handle the many challenges of working in today’s health care environments. In collaboration with the National League for Nursing (NLN), Dr. Jeffries developed the framework and monograph now known as the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory. Simulation in nursing education is working to bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice to provide for better patient outcomes and an increase in safety and quality in health care delivery. Using evidence-based practice and interprofessional experiences, simulation is helping health care teams to improve communication and teamwork, manage ethical issues and values, and explore different roles in health care roles to improve the quality of care.
If you’re interested in booking the Simulation and Innovation Learning Center for a private event, activity or educational opportunity, or if you just want to learn more about our simulation center, contact us at [email protected].
Crystel Farina, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning