Simulation and Innovation Learning Center

With more than 20,000 square feet of experiential learning space, GW Nursing's Simulation and Innovation Learning Center is a sophisticated learning environment well-suited to our students and professionals seeking continuing education opportunities. 

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Our simulation spaces feature high-fidelity human-patient simulators suited to simulating a variety of different health care scenarios, in a variety of healthcare locations such as acute, primary, surgical, and home care environments. There are rooms for monitoring and communicating with those in the simulated environments, including debriefing and interviewing rooms. Additionally, the GW SAIL Center provides opportunities for simulation scenarios utilizing standardized patients.

The SAIL 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.

Under the leadership of Dr. Christine M. Thomas, our Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning, the simulation team is working to expand the simulation spaces to accommodate more professional development events, community programs and virtual reality offerings.

Though our students use the space every day to learn and develop nursing competencies, critical thinking, and clinical decisions making skills, as future nurses, we have also hosted a variety of professional development activities for those already in health care professions. 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. 

Undergraduate Students 

BSN students practice clinical skills in a newly renovated nursing skills lab. They also practice clinical decision making and critical thinking in controlled, simulated environments before they ever encounter live patients to allow them to build confidence and mastery.

Graduate Students 

Our graduate students use the beautiful OSCE Center space to practice and receive guided faculty feedback about advanced physical assessments and simulated patient encounters.  Graduate students come to campus at designated times through out their programs for formative and summative patient encounters. Nursing faculty join them on campus to provide debriefing, structured feedback, workshops, and guidance to ensure their success in their advance practice settings.

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. 

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. 

Types of Settings

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.

  • health assessment
  • acute care
  • home health
  • community care
  • peri-operative care
  • control rooms
  • debriefing spaces
  • conference rooms

Booking our space

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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]

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