Three Nevada schools are collaborating to provide nursing students with state-of-the-art training at The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. The center is shared among the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing, Nevada State College School of Nursing, and University of Nevada School of Medicine.
The center provides healthcare education equipment throughout the five high-fidelity simulation labs, three clinical skills labs, a surgical simulation suite, 12 standardized patient rooms, and four multipurpose classrooms. The entire facility is integrated by an all-encompassing Audio- Video management system.
Each of the five high-fidelity simulation rooms recreate a specific hospital environment such as an ED or labor and delivery room. In each room, a specialized high-tech mannequin allows students to take vital signs and make assessments while providing an opportunity to practice professional communication, team management, task performance, and decision making.
The standardized patient rooms provide healthcare students with the opportunity to interact with live actors and actresses who are professionally trained in presenting specific ailments. Through communication and deferential analysis, medical and nurse practitioner students prepare a diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment. After the scenario ends, students are asked detailed questions regarding their process while standardized patients rate the students on their ability to communicate and professional behavior.
The process is managed and overseen by faculty and staff through an extensive network of audio equipment and 24 separately controlled cameras. The CSC also holds two clinical skills workstation labs and a clinical ward room with 12 mechanized beds.
The Health Sciences System of the Nevada System of Higher Education is working to ensure Nevada has a highly trained healthcare workforce to meet the states current and future needs.
The HSS provides academic leadership and guidance to link and integrate the health professional schools, i.e., nursing, medicine, dental, public health, etc. that are part of Nevadas eight higher education institutions. This includes 150 health sciences programs and nearly 18,000 students attending a state college or university.