The Learning Resource Center for Nursing (LRCN) is a multipurpose facility located in the lower level of Angela Hall. This space includes four laboratories and a media room. Two of the laboratories are used for simulation experiences, one for health assessment, and one for skill practice with static manikins.
A large laboratory is used for the Adult Simulation Room and includes three manikins: one high fidelity SimEssential™ and two moderate fidelity VitaSim™ models. This room also contains a control room with a microphone, telephone, built-in digital camera and recorder. There is a full intensive care suite with all necessary, modern equipment. A computerized medication system and nurses’ station are available to further represent a clinical situation. The moderate fidelity manikins have heart and lung sounds, blood pressure, electrocardiogram, pulse, and she/he speaks. Various medical-surgical situations can be simulated.
The Parent-Child Simulation Room includes full obstetrical suite, complete with a motorized manikin who delivers a baby and special neonatal equipment. A Vitasim™ child and infant are also included in the area. Several static “infants” are available for practicing child care skills.
The Main Laboratory is the largest and is used for skills practice. There are three static manikins available and several task trainers. The available trainers are used to demonstrate and practice IV lines, IM/SQ injections, enemas, Foley catheter insertion and suctioning. This laboratory is used by Nursing Foundations students who have a weekly laboratory. It is also open two evenings a week for student practice and the Director is available to students needing assistance.
The Annex Laboratory is a state of the art health assessment facility used for undergraduate and graduate students. It includes diagnostic/clinical decision-making equipment, such as ophthalmoscopes, otoscopes, examining tables, and an EKG machine. Task trainers are available for vaginal and rectal examination practice. An interactive student auscultation model (SAM) is available both for use in classes and for student practice. SAM has anatomically correct heart sounds, lung sounds, bowel sounds and abdominal and neck bruits. Sounds can be heard either through speakers or a stethoscope.
The Media Room contains ten computers, and a TV/VCR/DVD player. There is an extensive library of over 650 videos/DVDs available for student use. Students have current skills videos available online through Assessment Technologies Institute. There are two portable TV/Video/DVD players and four laptops available for student use. The desktop computers are equipped with a wide variety of nursing software to support and enhance classroom learning.
The Home Care Suite is located on the first floor of Angela Hall, and is used by Community Health students. There is a living room-bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen with a manikin. Community Health students learn to perform a home assessment prior to their home care experience. A telenursing capability was developed with a grant from Verizon which provided the funds to purchase wireless home monitoring equipment. Students are able to assess, teach, and monitor simulated patients using state-of-the-art computerized equipment. This is the first Tele-Nursing Suite in a college program.