Students in York University's nursing programs can utilize the Nursing Simulation Centre (NSC) to support them in meeting their clinical skill and professional development learning needs. The NSC is located on the 3rd floor of the Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building (HNES) and serves 900 nursing students.
The 5000-square-foot space is divided into two unique spaces:
- The Nursing Skills Lab
- The Computer Simulation Lab
Students in York University's nursing programs utilize the Nursing Resource Centre (NSC) to support them in meeting their clinical skill and professional development learning needs. The NSC is located on the third floor of the Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building (HNES) and serves up to 1200 nursing students. Opened in February 2006, the 5000-square-foot Nursing Simulation Centre is divided into two unique spaces; the Nursing Skills Lab and the Computer Skills Lab.
Clinical simulation available in the NSC allows students to engage in learning through the use of low, medium and high fidelity mannequins as well as case studies / scenarios and software programs. Clinical simulation involves the use of artificially created events that nurses are likely to encounter in practice - events which demand a high level of clinical decision-making and/or implementation of psychomotor skills. Simulation technologies place emphasis on integration and application of knowledge, skills, and critical thinking. Additionally, simulation affords nurses the opportunity to experience error-inducing situations without jeopardy to themselves or patients. Clinical simulation and lab activities are integrated into the clinical and theoretical components of nursing education by the six programs by the School of Nursing at York University (Collaborative, 2nd Entry, Internationally Educated Nurse BScN programs, and the Nurse Practitioner MScN program). In all of these programs, simulated case scenarios enhance students’ confidence, competence, and synthesis of learning.
The Nursing Skills Lab
Nursing Skills Lab (HNES 304) is a simulated hospital environment that has been created to support nursing students with their clinical skill development. This environment can be used as one space or subdivided into two independently functioning clinical skill areas by using central glass moveable wall. The overall space can accommodate up to 50 students for clinical education and development of basic and advanced nursing skills. The centre houses adult medical surgical beds, a pediatric area which includes bassinets, cribs and isolettes, as well as two isolation rooms. The bed spaces are divided by curtains to provide privacy, and IV poles and appropriate lighting are available. Seven of the adult beds also have been equipped with a head wall system that supports simulating oxygen and suction capability. The NRC is equipped with four SimMan mannequins. These bed spaces are equipped with cameras to record student learning activities for simulation debriefing. In addition, the NRC has a complete Vital Sim Family, SimBaby mannequin, Virtual IV simulator, a variety of neonate mannequins, and an extensive collection of anatomical training models, and the necessary medical equipment and supplies to provide students with an adjunct to their clinical placement learning. Nursing students can practice everything from inserting a catheter to changing dressings. Additionally, the two divided spaces are equipped with podiums, computers with internet access and projectors/screens for use in lecturing.
The Computer Simulation Lab
The Computer Skills Lab (HNES 303) has 26 workstations and access to all of the computer services normally available through York. It provides the opportunity for students to develop clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills through interactive computer simulation exercises and review of audiovisuals.