Nursing Sim Lab in Use for Students

Sheridan College Nursing Instructor Crissy Hunter (far left, with clipboard) and her students in one portion of the Wyoming Simulation Center.
Sheridan College Nursing Instructor Crissy Hunter (far left, with clipboard) and her students in one portion of the Wyoming Simulation Center.

Sheridan College continues to add state-of-the art technology to their educational programs, and one of the most recent will greatly benefit nursing students.

The college has partnered with Sheridan Memorial Hospital and the V.A. Medical Center to develop a simulation lab, called the Wyoming Simulation Center, housed in the former Whitney building on Broadway in Sheridan. Instructor Crissy Hunter explains.

Housed in 5,000 square feet of what is now called Sheridan College on Broadway”, the facility has classrooms, offices and the “sim lab” can be changed to represent an ICU ward, a nursery, a regular hospital room, etc.

Most importantly, the lab provides students with hands-on scenarios using hi-tech mannequins. Nancy Hoege is with Sheridan Memorial Hospital. She tells us how the times have changed with these “patients.”

Instructors are able to direct the scenarios on the high-fidelity mannequins in a central room. Hoege describes how that works.

They can give their “patients” any number of symptoms for a variety of illnesses, even going so far as to change the appearance physically via computerization. This works to cause the students to think critically, to determine the best means to treat what is happening.

Hoege says that anyone working in the healthcare field is welcome to utilize the sim lab.

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