Nursing Simulation Lab

Completed in September of 2021, the 3,000 square feet, nearly $1 million nursing simulation laboratory was developed to meet the growing demand for BSN-prepared nurses and a shortage of educational programs to fill the need.  The lab contains two high-fidelity rooms with lifelike manikins, a low-fidelity room, which can simulate an emergency department, and a debriefing room.

“The sim lab, located on the second floor of the Communications Building, contains two high-fidelity rooms with lifelike manikins,” Kieffer said. “They can be programmed to scream, cry, and moan. We can make their heart rates go up. We can code them and bring them back to life. The obstetric manikin can even mimic an actual birth and delivery.”  The University of Mount Olive is only the second organization in the world to have the SimMan 3G PLUS manikin.

There is also a low-fidelity room, which can simulate an emergency department, complete with hospital bays, various healthcare equipment, and electronic key cards for entry.  “We want it to look and feel like an actual ER,” Kieffer said.

The low-fidelity room is equipped with static manikins to mimic the dead weight of an actual person.  With these manikins, students will learn basic patient care fundamentals such as how to move a patient from the bed to a chair, how to roll them over, how to make a bed with the patient in it, and even how to give them a shower in our new ADA shower room.

A debriefing room, set up as a conference room with a large television, will be used to audio and video record what goes on in the high and low fidelity rooms.  “This will allow our students and faculty to observe and critique what they see happening,” Kieffer said.  “Students learn better if they see themselves in action.”

Simulations are a required part of the Prelicensure BSN program and actual patient care in local healthcare settings and their didactic coursework. Providing this type of simulation experience will give the students the hands-on experience necessary in the nursing field and the confidence to know they are prepared for real-life experiences with patients.