The Nursing Learning Laboratories give Carthage nursing majors a space in which to hone their skills and prepare for their careers. The 3,000-square-foot facility is divided into a simulation lab and a skills lab.
Low-Fidelity and High-Fidelity Mannequins
The simulation lab features four low-fidelity mannequins and four high-fidelity mannequins. The low-fidelity mannequins help students learn basic anatomy and introductory processes such as inserting an IV or catheter.
The high-fidelity mannequins are completely computerized and are designed to be lifelike. They include an adult male, a child, an infant, and a pregnant female. They breathe, have a pulse, and their eyes dilate; the pregnant female gives birth. The mannequins are designed to give students a close approximation of dealing with a human patient without being so lifelike that students can’t build the confidence necessary for nurses to possess.
Physical treatment is only part of a nurse’s duty. Interacting with patients verbally is also a large part of a nurse’s day-to-day routine. Carthage theatre students will put their skills on display to help nursing students hone their bedside manner; the theatre students will verbally express symptoms and simulate the things that no mannequin — no matter how lifelike — can.
Video Debriefing Room
In addition to the mannequins, the lab is outfitted with a video debriefing room. Repeating simulations and examining the results is key in educating nurses. That repetition is part of a teaching strategy called determined practice, which is viewed as a best practice in the nursing education community.
The Nursing Learning Laboratories at Carthage are located on the first floor of Lentz Hall.
A look at the welcoming area of the Nursing Learning Laboratories at Carthage College.
New in February 2017, the Nursing Learning Laboratories at Carthage feature a Skills Lab and a Simulation Lab.
Carthage nursing students work in the Nursing Learning Laboratories in Lentz Hall.
The Simulation Lab is equipped with high-fidelity mannequins.
Nursing students utilize equipment in the Nursing Learning Laboratory.
Two-way mirrors in the Simulation Lab provide means for observation and critique.
There are four high-fidelity mannequins: an adult male, a child, a pregnant female that can give birth, and an infant.