Simulation Lab 2019

Simulation lab rendering

When it opens, the college's $6 million-plus simulation laboratory will be one of the largest at any U.S. nursing school.

Launched by a generous $5 million donation from M. Christine Schwartz, the College of Nursing is looking forward to the opening of a new simulation lab in September 2019. The expanded M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning & Simulation Laboratory (for which we broke ground in fall 2017) will feature 15,000 square feet of experiential teaching and learning space, all designed with students in mind.

A highlight of the lab will be the Nita & Phil Francis Family Birthing Suite, generously funded by a $1 million gift from the Francises.

Additional alumni and friends have made gifts to support the lab, including the graduating classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019, which raised money for class gifts donated for lab enhancements.

To be located on the lower level of the Chicago Campus building, the lab will also feature:

Nursing Skills Lab

The bedside care areas will allow students to practice and perfect their skills. A mid-fidelity manikin will be assigned to each bed, as will the following lab learning tools:

  • Fully equipped and functional head wall units
  • Patient lift system for demonstration and practice of safe patient handling
  • Equipment such as: infusion pumps, PCA pumps, feeding pumps and syringe pumps
  • Bedside computers on which simulated patients’ electronic health records can be accessed and documented.

Nita & Phil Francis Family Birthing Suite

The birthing suite will enable students to develop their clinical skills related to labor and delivery with the use of high-tech, high-fidelity manikins such as Laerdal’s SimMom and SimBaby.

Exam Rooms

Five patient rooms are to be set up as primary care clinic rooms. Each will include an exam table, diagnostic and physical examination equipment, and a computer on which to document findings.

Standardized Patient Rooms

Five simulation rooms will emulate a variety of environments in which students are able to develop their assessment, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning skills while caring for patients in pediatric, medical/surgical, ICU and geriatric suites.

Control/Seminar Debriefing Rooms

The control room is where instructors control the manikins and observe via one-way glass as students participate in the simulation or other faculty-created scenarios. Here, students are able to practice skills and learn to assess, plan care, react to changes in their patients and the environment, problem-solve and think critically. Instructors will film and record students’ simulations for later and more in-depth review.

Two seminar/debriefing rooms will bring students together to observe real-time footage of their peers in simulation or to gather with their faculty instructor for dialogue, to give and receive constructive feedback regarding what was learned in the process of simulation.

Home Care Setting

This home care setting will instruct students on how to care for patients in home environments. Often these patients are elderly or disabled but can also be recovering from an accident or suffering from a serious illness. Tasks our students will be able to practice in our simulated home include: administering medications; cleaning and dressing wounds; documenting symptoms and vital signs; instructing patients and their families on proper home care; and supervising home health aides.

Student Lounge

Students will be able to commune, connect, collaborate and calm their nerves after intense simulation experiences.

Other Rooms

Also to be included in the renovated space is:

  • Classroom for 74 students
  • Lactation Room
  • Meditation Room
  • Laundry Room
  • “Touch Down” office space for faculty teaching in the lab at any given time

To learn about naming opportunities within the Schwartz lab, contact:

Steven George, Assistant Dean for Advancment

845 S. Damen Ave., (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612