Learning Resources Center (LRC)

Welcome to the Learning Resources Center (LRC) located in Mary Gladwin Hall 110.  Our purpose is to assist nursing students in critical thinking and skills development by applying evidence-based practice.   

The LRC includes a Nursing Simulation Lab, Skills Lab and a Computer Lab.

The Nursing Simulation Lab

The Nursing Simulation Lab prepares students safely for real world experiences.  The lab includes a nursing birthing suite and a nursing clinical suite both fully equipped for clinical practice and including patient simulators. 

Simulation Control Room

The Nursing Birthing Suite

The Nursing Birthing Suite includes a birthing mother simulator, NOELLE,  who can deliver a baby and 3 infant simulators in a nursery setting.

Birthing Suite Baby

The Nursing Clinical Suite

The Nursing Clinical Suite includes 6 beds along with 6 patient simulators in unit that resembles a  nursing unit in a hospital or rehabilitation center or nursing home.  Students can learn to care for one patient or a group of patients in this suite.  Clinical simulations are guided be faculty and recorded for debriefing and evaluation of learning.

The Nursing Skills Lab

Skills Lab

The Nursing Skills Lab support skill development with more than 500 simulation tools from manikins to IV arms.  Students in clinical courses are engaged in skills lab activity to develop critical thinking and skill development in preparation for clinical practice.

The Nursing Computer Lab

The computer lab is for nursing students.  The lab is equipped with state of the art desktop computers.  The computers  are loaded  with software to support the work of nursing students including computer assisted instruction (CAI). 

Cathsim

cathsimDevelop or keep your skills with a state of the art virtual reality intravenous (IV) insertion simulator.

Simulates IV insertion with:    

- older adults
- adults
- adolescents
- children
- infants

Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI)

Nursing students have access to more than 70 computer assisted programs to support critical thinking and skills development.

Evolve 

Evolve is the Elsevier brand for electronic learning solutions that serve Nursing and Health Professions faculty and students - http://evolve.elsevier.com

Fitne Virtual Learning Resource Center (VLRC)

  • Internet CAI at www.fitne.netincluding the following programs:
    • Vital Signs
    • Mobility Series
    • Therapeutic Communication
    • Sterile Technique
    • Critical Thinking in Nursing Management
    • Bates: Visual Guide to Physical Exam

Take advantage of this on-line learning.  Look for information about access to the programs in your course syllabi.

Simulation Resources

The LRC is equipped with nine high fidelity simulators; 6 adult and 3 infants.  Nursing students will have access to over 500 pieces of simulation equipment, including: moderate fidelity simulators, manikins, task trainers and models.

SimMan and SimMan 3G

SimMan is a high fidelity patient simulator used to develop critical thinking and assessment skills.  Students have access to SimMan during clinical lab study and in independent study.    

SimMan's features are available on the Laerdal website.

simbabySimBaby

Assessing an infant can be challenging.  SimBaby represents a six-month old infant, and is designed to prepare nurses for the challenges of pediatric assessment, airway management, and critical care scenarios specific to infants. Simbaby's features are available on the Laerdal website.


Susie

Susie is the first female advanced simulator and is perfect for competency based programs. The sensors track student actions. Changes to Susie's condition and care provided are time stamped and logged for evaluation and debriefing. Instructors evaluate caregiver interventions with a single click and insert notes on a real time performance log. Caregiver performance can be forwarded to any standard printer or linked with a camera system.

NOELLE

Noelle

NOELLE© is perfect for competency based programs since each delivery can be precisely controlled while devices track student actions. Program fetal delivery motions. Manipulate the fetus to resolve delivery dilemmas. See instant feedback of force and torque on the fetus as well as its head position. This data is graphed and synchronized with fetal contractions for debriefing and evaluation. The fetus may be released on command after the instructor has observed and logged required competencies.

Newborn HAL

Newborn HAL is a simulator of a full-term baby that is wireless with total mobility.  Students learn to care for the newborn from birth.  The baby has physiological responses to care, with realistic heart, lung and abdominal sounds along with body movement and newborn sounds....yes including crying!

Premie HAL

Premie HAL weighs less than 1400 grams and helps nursing students learn how to care for a compromised newborn.  The newborn is tetherless with wireless communication.  Nursing students  learn the skills of physical assessment of the newborn with PremieHal.

Premie Hal

samSAM, Student Auscultation Manikin

Are you challenged by heart sounds, breath sounds or abdominal sounds?  What is normal?  Where do I find the sounds on the body?  Sam simulates the sounds of the heart, lungs and abdomen.

  • Presents heart, breath, and bowel sounds at correct anatomical sites
  • Presents carotid pulse timed with onset of systole
  • Presents carotid bruits
  • Allows lower lung sounds to be diminished
  • Contains more than 60 different sounds of the heart, lungs, and bowels
  • Supports group and individual practice