The Dean Terry R. Misener Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a state-of-the art model hospital and outpatient clinic used to prepare graduate and undergraduate nursing students for practice. The LRC consists of an acute care lab, ambulatory care lab, classroom, and three dedicated simulation theaters.
The acute care lab is used by nursing students across the curriculum and consists of five simulation-capable patient care rooms designed to function like a hospital unit. In the acute care lab students become familiar with the physical environment, equipment, and supplies of healthcare facilities prior to entering clinical experiences. Each room has simulated oxygen, suction, a hospital bed, and bed side computers with barcode scanners for documentation to replicate our partnering facilities. The unit is also equipped with an electronic medication dispensing unit similar to the Pyxis that is used in partnering facilities. Students practice all aspects of professional nursing utilizing state-of-the art technology including human patient simulation manikins.
The ambulatory care lab is used by nursing students across the curriculum, with a focus on our doctor of nursing practice students. It has four rooms that replicate a fully functional ambulatory care center, including otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, and suturing and casting supplies. In this clinical space, students across programs are able to practice complete physical exams. This space is also equipped with an overhead lift system and portable patient lift in order to provide students with the opportunity to practice safe patient handling and transferring procedures.
A classroom, suitable for classes with up to 18 students, is located between the acute care and ambulatory care labs. This room provides a small didactic teaching area and closed-circuit viewing with group reflection of clinical learning simulations.
The dedicated simulation theaters are able to replicate acute care patient rooms, a home health environment, and community health environments. Simulations provide students with opportunities to practice nursing care through realistic nursing care scenarios reflective of care across a continuum of services. Students learn to work both individually and in teams while providing nursing care to both human patient simulators and live actors, using realistic equipment found in a variety of healthcare settings. The simulation theaters include control rooms and closed-circuit viewing rooms where faculty and peers view and reflect upon clinical learning.
What sets our LRC apart from others schools of nursing is the realistic nature of a variety of healthcare settings. Providing this range of learning experiences and exposure to the continuum of healthcare allows our students to transfer their learning with increased skill and confidence from the academic lab settings to the multiple places where nurses practice in communities, schools, health departments, and hospitals.