Other nursing programs tend to take a "look but don't touch" approach to simulation technology. At Averett, we invite you to touch our high-tech simulation patients, to feel and to observe their sometimes unexpected responses to health emergencies.
By practicing in this safe, interactive learning environment, you'll gain critical, experiential knowledge that will help you improve the quality of healthcare wherever you go, and to help save lives.
A team approach
Averett's approach to simulation education is unique in another important respect: the emphasis we put on teamwork. In our state-of-the-art simulation suite, we've combined an Emergency department, an ICU unit, a birthing suite, and a neonatal unit all in one carefully designed space. This will allow you and your fellow students to talk with each other and share case information and observations. Why is this so important? Because in "real-life" healthcare situations, mistakes may occur if team communications fail.
Word about Averett University's approach to simulation learning is spreading. Indeed, leading institutions like the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) have visited our new facility to study and emulate what we're doing here for their new branch at Auburn University.
Averett's simulation suite features all of the latest Laerdal simulation equipment. To learn more about the equipment, click on the links below.
SimMan 3G: http://www.laerdal.com/us/doc/85/SimMan-3G
ALS Simulator Manikin: http://www.laerdal.com/us/ALS
Mega Code Kelly Advanced: http://www.laerdal.com/us/doc/199/MegaCode-Kelly
Nursing Anne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FCr9TWnaWc
Nursing Kid: http://www.laerdal.com/us/doc/226/Nursing-Kid#/Info
Virtual IV: http://www.laerdal.com/us/doc/245/Virtual-I-V-Simulator
The manikins offer a variety of life-like physiological responses such as a pulse and realistic heart and lung sounds. Some manikins can show signs of cyanosis, sweat and bleeding, while others are specific task trainers.
The student's simulation sessions are recorded to review his or her responses to various scenarios. Once the simulated session is completed, the recording is delivered to a debriefing room, where the instructor reviews how the participant performed and felt and how he or she may improve under future similar circumstances.
Example scenario: A pregnant woman has been in a car accident. She enters the Emergency Room. Then, if she goes into labor, she is transferred to the birthing suite to deliver the baby. If the infant is in distress, he or she can be treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Finally, if the mother is in distress, she can be transferred to the ICU.
The Medication Room is room is equipped with a Laerdal Virtual IV Simulator, a medication cart and a crash cart. This equipment gives the student invaluable hands-on experience in practicing IV techniques and in dispensing medications to patients. Here, students can practice all aspects of IVs, including inserting the IV, changing the fluids or the tubing, and discontinuing the IV.
This area simulates a hospital environment which includes:
- 5 hospital beds
- A patient nurse call system
- A nurse's station
- A functional headwall system, including simulated oxygen, compressed air and suction
- Institutional grade surgical sinks enabling students to learn proper hand-washing techniques
Clinic and Rural Health Area
Within this lab, the student will find equipment used in a doctor's office such as:
- Examination tables, including an OB/GYN table
- A macroview otoscope, used to enhance viewing of the inner ear through a computer
- A panoptic opthalmoscope, used to magnify the back of the eye to five times its normal size, enabling students to better see the blood vessels in the eye
- Blood pressure monitors
- Eye charts both for children and adults
- Patient mobility equipment
Community Health Area
This area gives students a simulation area to practice home health care for geriatric and other home-bound patients.
The area includes:
- Hospice living areas
- A large, two-part bathroom. One side enables the student to learn the skills needed to help patients in their home. The other side is designed like an institutional shower room, allowing students to learn how to bathe/shower patients in the hospital or in a skilled nursing facility.
- A behavioral health/den area
- A kitchen area
The hospital, clinic and rural health and community health areas are divided into two sections. One section can be used for instructional space. Students can then apply what they have just learned in the lab area.
Family and Senior Health Area and Disaster/Emergency Response Area
These are multifunctional areas designed for a variety of different medical scenarios. The rooms are equipped to provide video capture of a student's performance and to thus enhance learning.
Debriefing and Guided Reflection Area
Two rooms are available for students to sit down with their instructor and review video of the individual student's performance in a simulation scenario.
Simulation Technology Area
In this area, the Department of Nurse Education's Media Specialist takes the various videos of a student performing her or his simulation skills and edits them together, so the instructor and the student can review the video in the Debriefing and Guided Reflection Area. This area is also the control room where instructors deliver the simulation scenario to the student.
Academic Enhancement Area
This area includes:
- A study room with a whiteboard, a 46" monitor and couches
- A reading area
- A student break room
The Lab Coordinator's office is also located in this area to assist students.
The classroom here overlooks the courtyard and can easily be reconfigured, using moveable tables and chairs. There is also a lounge area for students here, which provides a relaxing study environment.