Brenau University in Gainesville says it has finished work on what it calls a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab in Norcross. Brenau says the lab will be used mostly by students in the school’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
“They all have working lights, air, suction, oxygen — everything that would be in a real hospital room,” says ABSN program coordinator Laura Hart. “We have real hospital beds, real hospital equipment, vital sign monitors for our high-fidelity simulators, and each room has a dual-camera AV system that allows us to watch and record our students in their simulations and play them back during debrief.”
The lab has a medication dispensing system similar to those nurses use in hospitals to pull medication for patients, as well as real code carts with defibrillators. Each room has a large screen television for the debriefing, Hart said, and one difference from a genuine hospital environment.
“Every room has its own observation room with a one-way glass so that we can see what’s going on in there, but the students can’t see us watching them,” she said. “From those rooms, we can also control the simulators — what they say, what they do, their vital signs. We can make them bleed, have seizures, whatever we want them to do.”
The program will have five total high-fidelity human simulators: two adults, one pediatric, one newborn and one birthing simulator. Hart said these high-tech pieces of equipment can do everything from talk, bleed, cry, blink and, yes, give birth. The infant simulator can even turn blue. The lab also has a number of mid-fidelity simulators if the instructors want to create a scenario that involves multiple adult patients.