With more than 20,000 square feet of experiential learning space and plans to build out that space further, GW Nursing's Simulation and Innovation Learning 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 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 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
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. 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.
BSN students practice clinical skills in controlled, simulated environments before they ever encounter live patients to allow them to build confidence and mastery.
Our graduate students use the space each year for testing, with guidance from our faculty and access to the equipment and different environments.
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
- control rooms
- debriefing spaces
- conference rooms
- Center for Aging, Health and Humanities
- Community and Global Initiatives
- Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement
- Simulation Professional Development and Practice
- Health Workforce Institute
- Open Educational Resources
- Ventures, Initiatives and Partnerships