Integrating the learning environment
Nursing students at Villanova University are on the cutting edge of information synthesis. Preparing these clinical leaders for the “real world” requires dynamic teaching-learning strategies. In its state-of-the-art home, the College of Nursing is at the forefront of best practice: clinical simulation, which when combined with targeted nursing courses and the broad liberal arts education at Villanova, nurtures clinicians and leaders by building not only competence but also confidence and autonomy.
Simulation: advancing critical thinking and professional knowledge
Transitioning to a new role, that of professional nurse or advanced practice nurse, requires new thinking. Through the use of patient care scenarios, faculty can model and facilitate the development of students’ skills of inquiry, clinical judgment and decision-making. Choosing appropriate assessment techniques and nursing interventions based on patient context, students manage the care of their patients. Computerized human patient simulators are at the core of this teaching-learning method.
The 12,000 square foot Learning Resource Center provides 10 future-oriented clinical simulation labs for:
- nursing practice skills
- health assessment
- adult health
- maternal/child health
- critical care nursing
- nurse anesthesia
- individualized patient care experiences.
These labs—used by both undergraduate and graduate nursing students—are all supported by advanced technology. The family of simulators, which mimic normal and abnormal human physiology, include male and female adults, a pregnant woman who gives birth, children and infants.