Dean Pamela Jeffries in an observation room in the Simulation Learning and Innovation Center

Simulation Learning and Innovation Center

With more than 10,000 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.


"Simulation education offers unparalleled freedom for nurses and other health professionals. Controlled, simulated environments allow you to try and fail, then learn from your mistakes. The real benefit of simulation is that you can take all the time you need to understand how you can improve."

Dean Pamela Jeffries

Author, NLN/Jeffries Simulation Theory


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. The Simulation Learning and Innovation 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.

GW Nursing BSN students practice clinical skills as a team

Undergraduate Students

BSN students practice clinical skills in controlled, simulated environments before they ever encounter live patients to allow them to build confidence and mastery.

Graduate students practice clinical skills during OSCEs

Graduate Students

Our graduate students use the space each year for testing, with guidance from our faculty and access to the equipment and different environments.

The spacious environment is versatile enough to suit the needs of our partner organizations

Community Partners

The Simulation Learning and Innovation Center is well-suited to helping our community and health care partners host events, educational programs and continuing education seminars. 

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.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in booking the Simulation Learning and Innovation Center for a private event, activity or educational opportunity, or if you just want to learn more about our simulation center, contact us at sondee@gwu.edu.

Crystel FarinaCrystel Farina, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning
cfarina@gwu.edu
571-553-0115