The Purdue University Global School of Nursing is partnering with UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center in Iowa to develop and implement a mobile simulation lab. Purdue says the mobile unit, which will be located on the JRMC campus, will feature two large simulation rooms staged to mock hospital rooms, a conference room to hold debriefings, and office and storage space.
“The Purdue University Global School of Nursing is proud to advance our relationship with Jones Regional Medical Center forward, launching a state-of-the-art simulation lab with a focus on immersive learning,” said Melissa Burdi, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing. “We believe this innovative collaboration will serve as a driving force for clinical excellence with our nursing students, health care colleagues at JRMC and the community as a whole.”
The university says the lab will provide infant, child and adult mannequins and an IV arm for training scenarios.
“We want to provide the best quality care for our patients, and this simulation center will create the most realistic scenarios possible to achieve the highest quality,” said Eric Briesemeister, chief executive officer of Jones Regional Medical Center. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Purdue Global in a way that will benefit the university and our hospital. Every day we are educating and training future caregivers so the communities we serve can receive the best care, without the travel.”
The university says JRMC started working with Purdue Global nursing students in 2012. The lab is expected to be available for Purdue Global nursing students and JRMC staff by the end of the summer.