How NYU Nursing Students Grow Their Confidence

The Clinical Simulation Learning Center at NYU Meyers is a high-tech educational hub where theory is put into practice

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Students and a professor working together in the nursing simulation center.

There’s little room for mistakes in the world of nursing. So how do NYU nursing students grow to meet this standard of excellence?

The NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing offers the space, support, and safety to put classroom learning into practice. NYU nursing students develop skills and self-confidence in a clinical setting at the Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC).

“Learning hands-on skills in a safe, educational environment with instructors who are beyond supportive and knowledgeable made me confident in my abilities and excited for my future nursing career,” shares Niles J. Davies, a senior Nursing major from Congers, New York.

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Fast Facts About the CSLC

  • The 10,000-square-foot facility houses state-of-the art educational technology, including pediatric and adult mannequins that actually mimic physiological functions. You can see the mannequins’ eyes blink, cry, and react to light. You can listen to the heart, abdomen, and lungs. And not only can the mannequins exhibit common health problems like diabetes and heart failure, they can also give birth!
  • What’s more, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) fully accredited the CSLC for its high level of rigor and excellence in simulation scenarios.
  • From infusion pumps to medicine barcodes, nurses use the same equipment and technology in real-life scenarios that you’ll practice with. Even the patient records system prepares you to work outside the classroom: CSLC uses Epic, one of the most common medical software systems used across the United States.
  • 50% of your clinical experiences take place at the CSLC, offering plenty of opportunity to practice before you begin off-campus clinics at hospitals, community health centers, and other settings.
  • You’ll learn how to treat all patients with dignity and respect. LGBTQ+ inclusive language is integral to your training. You will also participate in simulations dedicated to vital issues such as pediatric disabilities and racial justice in maternity.
  • More than 100 simulations take place weekly at the CSLC, simulating hospital, home care, telemedicine, and virtual reality conditions.
  • Lastly, you can always take advantage of open practice times to brush up on your skills. Dedicated instructors will be there to help and guide you.

 

Community Committed to Your Success

As you progress through the simulations at the Clinical Simulation Learning Center, you will find generous support from faculty, staff, and even your fellow students. Specifically, expert and highly trained instructors will demonstrate and guide each simulation, as well as participate in role play. In addition, you will practice skills with your classmates and on your own until they become second nature. You will get to work with some amazing individuals that will change your life for the better,” says Chloe Hoch, a senior Nursing major from Laguna Beach, California.

“Our team is dedicated to student success. They give it their all,” adds Natalya Pasklinsky, Executive Director of Simulation Learning. “We have the benefit of a small student to instructor ratio (eight-to-one), so each group has close conversations. It’s great to see how students become comfortable and build bonds together in their clinical experiences.”

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From Practice to Performance

“One of my most transformative moments in the Clinical Simulation Learning Center has been learning how to insert a urinary (Foley) catheter,” explains Kelvin Marquez, a senior Nursing major from Brooklyn. “Two months later, I got to perform the same procedure on an actual patient in a hospital setting. I finally understood the importance of honing my clinical skills at the CSLC, because it’s only a matter of time before we’ll help real human beings who count on us to nurse them back to health.”