Carlow University dedicated its new Celtic Simulation Center for Innovative Learning
pictured left to right: Dean Lynn George, PhD, of the College of Health and Wellness, President of Carlow University Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, Carlow Board of Trustees chair Dorothy Davis
The dedication of the CSCIL the result of a nearly year-long renovation which will double the learning space, complement clinical experience, and build competency for more than 800 students.
"This new lab will help prepare our students to be key
practitioners in the future," said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD,
president of Carlow University. "It was designed by the
people that will be using it."
College of Health and Wellness nursing faculty and students
worked with architects to plan the space, which occupies the third
and fourth floors of Curran Hall, located on the corner of
Chesterfield Road and Fifth Avenue, on the Carlow campus.
"The new facilities bring a sense of realism to the learning
activities for our students and replicate what they will encounter
in a clinical setting," said Lynn E. George, PhD, dean of the
College of Health and Wellness at Carlow. "Our students have
the learning environment that they deserve."
The lab uses mannequins equipped with technology to simulate
actual patient interaction, real time patient responses to
interventions, including changes in breathing patterns and heart
sounds. Instructors in the control room can alter the mannequin's
vital signs, as well as the patient's response to questions that
might be asked during an examination.
One of the exciting developments about this lab is the
opportunity to engage more than just nursing students in the
simulations. Inter Professional Education (IPE) is an
educational strategy that has proven effective in team building
within the healthcare setting, which has been linked to better
quality of care.
"In addition to nursing, Carlow has students enrolled in our
respiratory care program, our healthcare management program, and
our healthcare data analytics program who will be able to benefit
from experiencing these high fidelity simulations," said
George. "By including students interested in the
administrative or management side of healthcare - who normally
wouldn't be exposed to such realistic patient care scenarios - our
students will be better able to understand the decision-making
process during bedside care."
In addition, Carlow has received two grants - one from the
Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the other from The Fine Foundation
- to enhance education around mental health and behavioral health
at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
"The lab will provide a perfect platform to incorporate this
content into simulated patient encounters," George said.
Most of all, the lab has generated excitement from Carlow's
students who will be using it.
"It is a pleasure to see them excited about their new learning
environment, said George. "I think the message to our
students is clear: Carlow is committed to their education and their