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The Nursing Simulation Laboratory is designed to give students hands-on clinical experience and includes an intensive care unit, a pediatric room, a maternity room, a main “fundamentals” laboratory, and a four-bed primary care unit. There is also a student lounge, and a control room attached to each of the specialty areas. This floor also houses a sixty-four-desk classroom with a thirty-two-desk classroom on the first floor, specifically for nursing classes.

All specialty areas in the Simulation Laboratory include:

  • High-tech mannequins that simulate symptoms, diseases, and conditions that nurses are likely to see in a real care setting (including psychiatric scenarios)

  • Cameras, which can send data from the lab rooms to any of the classrooms in the simulation lab or from the classrooms to any of the lab rooms
  • Control rooms attached to them, where the mannequin (including verbal communication) can be controlled by instructors
  • Laptops at every bedside. Students use the same software used by Mount Nittany Medical Center, which will prepare them for their future clinical experience in documentation
  • The same equipment that is used in facilities where Nursing students receive their on-site clinical experience
  • Head wall units to simulate oxygen administration and suctioning when necessary.
  • Medication carts
  • Crash carts
  • EKG machines
  • Ventilators
  • Defibrillators

Specific Practice Areas

Advanced practice lab area

  • Geared toward graduate program (nurse practitioner students and clinical nursing specialist students)
  • Teaching area includes adequate space to clinically work on slides, do casting, practice suturing, read X-rays
  • Includes three examination tables, organized the same as a primary care setup
  • Actor patients are hired to simulate symptoms of diseases
  • A camera, which can be taped to the three tables in the area and a testing room for more one-on-one testing and recording

Critical care area

  • Includes “Harvey” simulator, which simulates cardiopulmonary care needs—top-of-the-line model, can accurately portray the sound, chest movements, and pulsations of someone with cardiac or respiratory disorders.
  • Includes “Sim Man,” the most up-to-date mannequin simulator, which can simulate cardiac respiratory failures. Students can start IV lines, insert catheters and chest tubes, assess acute/chronic diseases in all major body or body functioning systems. “Sim Man” can be attached to an EKG machine or ventilator, and can simulate any disease process to have students effectively perform procedures or administer medications.

Pediatric area

  • Includes nursing child mannequin, which can simulate heart sounds, lung sounds. Students can insert catheters, IVs.
  • Control room attached for observation and videotaping of scenerios.

Maternity area

  • Includes birthing mannequin named Noelle, which can simulate normal/abnormal birthing processes.
  • Control room attached for observation and videotaping of scenerios.

Other Areas of Simulation Lab

Main lab area

  • Includes areas to separate up to four clinical sections of students (ten to fourteen each).
  • Instructors can conduct physical assessment classes, health assessment classes, and fundamentals classes.
  • Students can practice various procedure skills on mannequins or pair up and practice with other students.
  • Portable smart board technology

Student lounge area

  • Wireless/wired capabilities
  • Includes access to library of textbooks required for nursing curriculum
  • Includes TV
  • Message boards in hallways that indicate lab hours, classes conducted in lab, and events in the College of Nursing

Advanced practice exam room w/control room

  • Used for videotaping and testing purposes
  • Can send data from one room to any other room (for example, from a lab to a classroom), to enhance students’ education.


  • One on the first floor with thirty-two-student capacity/one in basement lab area with sixty-four-student capacity
  • Smart board technology in all classrooms