Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing304 Normal Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Design Achievement – To meet the changing needs of the health care industry, the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University desired a new simulation lab to immerse students in a real-world learning environment and encourage informal student and faculty interaction. DLR Group’s design of the Nursing Simulation Laboratory incorporates a working hospital environment into a university instructional laboratory. The new facility blends simulation lab technology with modern social learning spaces to create a holistic learning environment where students develop the skills they will use in clinical practice. Patient simulations are as close to real-world nursing interactions as possible, addressing a wide variety of acute and general care nursing scenarios. Labs are set up to mirror hospital nursing stations and patient rooms as well as doctor’s offices with exam rooms. There are two-way mirrors and video capture capabilities to allow for real-time feedback to students.
Scope Summary – The scope for this 9,600 SF Nursing Simulation Lab included skills and assessment classrooms, patient simulation areas, simulation equipment, patient exam rooms, and staff offices. Clinical simulation experts use the patient areas and equipment to provide training in a virtual hospital environment with high fidelity patient simulator technology. DLR Group provided architecture, and electrical and mechanical engineering for this project.