The Simulation Hospital offers students the chance to learn what it’s like to work in a real-world hospital setting. The hospital is equipped with a nurse’s station, four hospital rooms, two control rooms, and a debriefing room for students to use before and after their simulations.
Each of the four rooms in the hospital contains a state-of-the-art computerized manikin, including one that simulates labor and delivery. Manikins range in age from newborn to adult and represent a diverse range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. These manikins simulate breathing, heart tones, bowel sounds, and palpable pulses and are each equipped with a monitor that can display EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure, arterial wave forms, anesthetic gases and other critical patient data.
All rooms are also outfitted with fully functioning head walls and an electronic medical record system that students use to track their patients—just like in a real hospital.
In the main area of the Simulation Hospital, students will also get a chance to work with a real Pyxis system, an automated medication dispensing unit found in many hospitals but rare in community college training facilities.
Sessions in the Simulation Hospital are kept small so that all students get a chance to engage in hands-on training through the simulation modules. During the school week there are several six-hour shifts in the simulation hospital, during which students interact in teams of two with the computerized manikins.
To date, the Simulation Hospital runs more than 30 different simulations that ask students to do everything from basic care like administering patient medication to managing serious high-risk situations like cardiac arrest. Simulations are run through control rooms that allow instructors to direct and evaluate student performance without actually having to be at the bedside.
Simulation sessions can be videotaped and reviewed in the debriefing room, offering students the chance to examine their performance and get feedback from instructors on what they did well and where they can improve.
While nursing students largely engage in simulations within their program, College of DuPage also runs award-winning, multi-department simulations that bring together students from the College’s EMT, Nursing, Computed Tomography, Surgical Technology, Nuclear Medicine, and Respiratory Care programs, as well as members of the College’s Police Department and Homeland Security Training Institute. These simulations help students experience what it will be like to work in a real-world setting that will require them to collaborate and coordinate efforts for patient care with many other departments.
Nursing Lab Assistant Office
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2142
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2145
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2136
Melissa Ericson, Nursing Simulation and Lab Manager