A collaboration between Elmhurst (Ill.) College and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital will enable the colleges nursing students to practice and build clinical knowledge and skills in a new simulation facility to be built within the hospitals lower level.
The 4,600-square-foot laboratory and classroom space, to be called the Elmhurst College Simulation Center at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, will create healthcare environments that represent inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
The simulated learning space will provide the opportunity for students to practice protocols and procedures and run through even the most intense scenarios in safety and without risk to patients.
Staff members at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and, potentially, first-responders and other outside medical-service providers also will be able to use the simulation center for additional training and professional development.
I started off my career as a critical care nurse, where I learned several valuable lessons that I still use today, including the importance of communication in a healthcare setting, Mary Lou Mastro, RN, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, said in a news release. This simulation center will enable students to gain a solid medical knowledge base and apply that knowledge to clinical decision making in a complex simulated clinical event.
The new Simulation Center will include:
Simulation labs In these patient examination and treatment areas, students will practice various healthcare scenarios and work on skills such as wound care and giving injections. Elmhurst Colleges life-size, robotic simulated patients, which can be programmed to exhibit signs and symptoms of conditions ranging from a fever to giving birth with complications, will take up residence here.
Home care lab In the home care lab, which includes a living room and residential bathroom, students can practice conducting a well-baby visit or adapting a home for someone recovering from or learning to live with a disability.
Control room Hidden behind one-way mirrors, the control room is where simulation directors can reprogram and change the simulated patients condition without the students knowledge.
Observation room Because cameras will be installed in each of the learning spaces, students not participating in a simulation exercise will be able to observe it, not just from screens in the observation room but also on their cell phones and laptops. Equipment also will be installed to enable simulations to be broadcast directly into classrooms on the Elmhurst College campus.
Conference room After a simulation exercise, students can debrief with faculty in the conference room/classroom.
Construction on the $1.4 million project will begin in January 2014, and the facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
Healthcare is always evolving and the students of today will be the leaders of healthcare tomorrow. Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare is honored to be working with Elmhurst College to provide a state-of-the-art learning facility, Mastro said in the release. Our goal is to help train these future medical professionals on how to provide quality and patient-centered care using best practices and advanced technology to best meet the needs of all patients.