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August 2007

Release Date: August 6, 2007

ASU to Unveil New Nursing Department Simulation Center

Angelo State University’s Department of Nursing will host an open house to officially introduce its new High Fidelity Simulation Center Thursday, Aug. 9, on the second floor of the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building.

The open house will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday and will consist of guided tours and basic information on the new center and the future of nursing education at ASU. The event is open free to the public and light refreshments will be served.

At a total cost of about $750,000, the new center is highlighted by four life-like computerized mannequins that can mimic almost any medical condition. The mannequins are controlled by the instructors to provide students with realistic training and care opportunities.

Starting in the fall semester, clinical classes will be conducted in the new center’s four fully-equipped “hospital rooms” that are outfitted with the same state-of-the-art monitors, I.V. pumps, beds and other equipment found in actual emergency, intensive care, nursery and labor and delivery rooms. According to Nursing Department multimedia specialist Justin Louder, the center can simulate any hospital situation in a safe environment for the students to practice their clinical skills.

“You don’t send student pilots up in an aircraft full of people to learn, you put them in a simulator,” Louder said. “That is the same process we will be using with our nursing students.”

The new center was funded primarily through grants from the San Angelo Health Foundation and the Dallas-based Meadows Foundation. Additional monies were provided from state funds. ASU plans to eventually make the center available to clinical programs at Howard College and the San Angelo Independent School District. Additional training and continuing education opportunities are planned for personnel at Goodfellow AFB, the San Angelo Fire Department, Shannon Medical Center and Angelo Community Medical Center.