The Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center at Columbia University School of Nursing is a two-story 16,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that enhances nursing education by simulating clinical practice using sophisticated technologies in a safe learning environment. It is one of the largest simulation centers dedicated to nursing simulation in New York State.
The simulation center is designed to promote patient safety and prepare students for real-world practice in an ever changing, complex healthcare system. It features authentically appointed patient examination rooms, two inpatient hospital rooms, a labor and delivery suite, and an operating room. Every room has been furnished with the equipment one would find in a clinical setting––blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, oxygen supplies, nitrile gloves, and monitors––for assessing and tracking patients’ health status. All have a sink for hand-washing, and a laptop computer for maintaining electronic medical records (EMRs). And each room has the latest audiovisual technology for recording students in action, providing a source of instructor feedback.
The simulation center features an array of task trainers and manikins––from low fidelity to high fidelity. A technician operates the computer that makes the high-fidelity manikins breathe, gasp for air, speak, blink, and respond to medication. Standardized Patients, trained actors that play the role of patient, are also used to enhance learning.