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

Students working on a mannequin in the Nursing Learning Laboratory. 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.