In the next patient cubicle, Harvey is suffering a heart attack. Further down the row of curtained-off cubicles and beds, a team is working with a “blue baby,” while another is discussing end-of-life decisions with the family of a terminally ill elderly patient. A busy night in a hospital emergency room? No, it’s several of the scenarios that will be played out daily in the expanded Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Simulations and Learning Resources Center.
Here, in this state-of-the-science facility created in the new Hopkins Nursing building, future nurses will be introduced to the best practices in patient safety and quality of care. Through the use of patient-simulator manikins and other high-fidelity simulations approaches—and their experiences in the Center’s lab and its patient’s “house,” school nurse’s “office,” and common learning areas—students will learn to think and act like a nurse, to safely develop assessment skills, and to problem-solve. They will ask the hallmark question of Hopkins nurses, “Why?” and the answers will ultimately help them save lives and safeguard their patients' health in virtually every service setting and patient population.