Welcome to the University of Delaware School of Nursing’s Simulation Resource Center (SRC) !

We are located in McDowell Hall and the brand new STAR Tower.  Our Simulation program is designed to bridge classroom learning with real-life clinical experiences.

Why Simulation?

Simulation-based experiences are key to learners developing skills, communication, critical thinking/clinical reasoning.  Simulation allows for learning objectives to be met through student oriented immersive experiences.

Program Highlights

Staff – our experiences simulation specialists ensure the standards of best practice in HealthCare Simulation are met and desire to reach new heights to improve patient outcomes.

Labs – Our state of the art labs provide safe environments that reflect current patient care settings.

Resources – We use a combination of technology and patient actors to accomplish learning objectives and represent diverse backgrounds.  Thin includes task task trainers, hi-fidelity mannequins, and human actors provided by our unique Health Care Theatre Program. 

Interprofessional Education (IPE) – The University of Delaware Simulation program deliberately integrates collaborative practice competencies into student learning.

Lab Spaces – We have labs located in McDowell Hall and STAR Tower supplying environments for Med/Surg, Acute Care, Maternity, Pediatrics, Health/Psych Assessment, and Diversity. Take a look around to find out more!

Research – For more information check out the video in the top right of this page!

Maternal Child or Maternity Lab
The Maternal-Child Clinical Simulation Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance learning through immersive simulated experiences and allowing students to work towards skill competency. This lab features:

  • A 2-bed delivery suite designed to reflect a current maternal clinical setting.
  • Innovative high-fidelity mannequins including: Gaumard’s VictoriaâChildbirth Simulator, Newborn ToryâNeonatal Care Patient Simulator, and Newborn HalâNewborn Patient Simulator
  • Further immersion in the experience is provided by the Healthcare Theater Program which casts the scenarios with birthing mothers, patient family members, and support people. Live patients may even birth a baby themselves using the Laerdal MamaNatalieâBirth Simulator.
  • Technology including audiovisual equipment for recording simulations used in debriefing, as well as computer workstations for online documentation.
Clinical Learning Lab
This newly designed lab located in McDowell Hall simulates a 7-bed patient care setting which is used for teaching and practicing fundamental to advanced psychomotor skills.

  • Bed suites come equipped with Laerdal’s Nursing Anne task trainers, I/V equipment, functional patient headwalls with simulated oxygen/suctioning, and wall mounted computers for online documentation.
  • Fundamental Skills include: vital signs, bed bath, toileting
  • Advanced Skills include: trach care, suctioning, wound care, and medication administration.
High Fidelity Acute Care lab
This specialized lab simulates a variety patient care settings where students participate in immersive, small group simulations. Some of the features include:

  • Mirrored suites joined together by a central control room with audiovisual technology along with a central briefing/debriefing area.
  • Real hospital equipment.
  • Two Gaumard Adult HAL® patient simulators.
  • Home to some of our IPE simulations where nursing students and physical therapy students collaborate to evaluate patients and provide care.
  • Mirrored suites are joined together by a central control room with audiovisual equipment along with a central briefing/debriefing area.
Interprofession Simulation
Inter-professional simulation addresses the need for changing educational experiences to collaborative practice experiences to prepare future health care providers for complex patient care
These inter-professional simulated experiences underscore clinical relationships, shared clinical skills, familiarity with other professional roles, and shared mental models to facilitate better patient outcomes.
University of Delaware inter-professional experiences include the following disciplines:

  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • Community health partners- Emergency Medicine Technicians, Police, and neighboring educational institutions