The special care of a Carlow nurse comes from a combination of learning from books and, importantly, many hours of practice. Similar to a fighter pilot learning to fly, a large component of training is hands on. But fighter jets, like human bodies in need of very specific medical care, are not available for training. This is why we need simulators.
To meet the ever-evolving needs of motivated and tech savvy healthcare providers, Carlow is heading into 2018 with a major upgrade to its already voluminous offerings in nursing simulation.
The name of the Sim Lab got an upgrade, too: It’s now called the Celtic Simulation Center for Innovative Learning (CSCIL). The 2,000 square feet of simulation was getting crowded for the growing number of students in the College of Health and Wellness, which includes the nursing and respiratory care programs. To accommodate the increasing number of students (at least 3% more each year), the space provided for simulation will grow to 4,000 square feet. The simulation space, currently occupying the fourth floor of Curran Hall, will be expanded to include the floor below.
Some of the exciting new additions include mannequins in hospital-like conditions monitored by instructors in a centralized control room. A high-fidelity mannequin like SimMan can be controlled remotely while students are faced with a series of issues they are likely to encounter in the real world. A SimMan can present a wide variety of symptoms with varying degrees of responsiveness depending on the needs of the lesson and the skill level of the student.
Above all, the CSCIL is a learning tool that will enable the university to train more nurses than ever before, bringing that famous Carlow touch to communities all over Pittsburgh and beyond.
If you would like to make a gift to support the Curran Hall renovation, please contact Kimberley A. Hammer, Esq., Vice President of University Advancement, at 412.578.6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By James Foreman