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Longwood opens phase two of the Clinical Simulation Learning Center

May 16, 2012

patient simulator: Courtney Hodges, director of major gifts and foundation relations, and Dr. Edward Gordon view one of the new patient simulators.
Courtney Hodges, director of major gifts and foundation relations, and Dr. Edward Gordon view one of the new patient simulators.

With the completion of Longwood University's state-of-the-art simulation learning center, nursing students now can gain hands-on experience in a wide array of medical situations before they actually put their hands on human patients.

The 3,000-square-foot second phase of the Edward I Gordon, M.D. Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC) expands the facility to 10,000 square feet, making room for a mother-infant patient simulation lab, conference/debriefing rooms, a student resource center, patient examination room, home care learning center and faculty offices. 

"With the addition of our new patient simulators, Longwood is now among the top nursing schools in the state to offer state-of-the-art simulation experiences for its students," said Cindy Crews, clinical simulation director for Longwood's Department of Nursing.

The high-fidelity patient simulators can duplicate a wide array of physiological functions, and a digital audiovisual system allows for live simulated experiences to be recorded and played back for faculty and student evaluation.

home health: The home care learning center provides a setting for nursing students to practice in-home health care services.

Cindy Crews, clinical simulation director, demonstrates the new infant simulator.

In the mother-infant patient simulation lab, nursing students are able to diagnose and treat a variety of situations that can occur during birth. The infant simulator is capable of displaying a variety of conditions that must be monitored in newborns, including heart and respiratory sounds, pulse, color, crying and bowel sounds. 

The home care learning center is basically a mini-apartment equipped with a bed, reclining chair, dinette set and working bathroom and kitchen. By working in the center, students can acquaint themselves with obstacles and dangers (scatter rugs, faulty bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and other items) that can be found in homes of patients requiring in-home health care services.

The advanced capabilities of the facility are drawing attention from other health care professionals. A meeting of the Southside Region Virginia State Simulation Alliance was held at Longwood on May 4. Representatives from Southside Virginia Community College, Halifax Regional Hospital, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and Averett University toured the CSLC and observed demonstrations of the new patient simulators.  

The CSLC is named for Dr. Edward Gordon, a longtime Farmville physician, who donated $1 million to establish the center in August 2009. Funding was also provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia and grants from Virginia Tobacco Commission and the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. Completion of the center is just in time to benefit Longwood's senior class of nursing students, who will graduate in May 2013.