From the beginning of their first quarter students participate in virtual, interactive health care scenarios that challenge them to integrate critical thinking, theory, and nursing skills. South Puget Sound’s Simulation Lab is home to the High Tech Sim3G, a SimMan, 3 Virtual Sim manikins, Sim Junior and our SimBaby, enabling endless health care possibilities in our Virtual Hospital. The new addition of a Pyxis MedStation4000 enables students to work on the same dispensing unit they will encounter at clinical, raising student confidence and reducing errors. Simulation Lab has full video and sound equipment, allowing students in the adjoining lab to observe Simulation with their instructor. Modern clinical equipment available for student practicum includes Hospira Plum A+ Infusion single and 3 channel pumps, 2 CareFusion Alaris and 1 Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump with loaded clinical libraries, Syndeo and Gemstar PCAs, a BBraun Epidural pump, a Kangaroo Enteral feeding pump, a GE Healthcare Maternal/Fetal heart rate monitor, a warming crib, a fully stocked crash cart, an ECG machine, and a wi-fi enabled med cart for EHRs an bedside charting. The Simulation Lab at South Puget Sound Community College was made possible in part by the generous support of Elizabeth R. Tucker.
Skills Lab is a multi-use room, with 6 curtained bed stations, 2 sink areas, and a skills bathroom all within a fully equipped lecture classroom. The lecture podium allows faculty and students to access the internet and project websites, texts, videos and presentations onto a large screen for classroom viewing. Skills Lab is home to our Nursing Assistant (N100) classes, as well as the local site for NACES Nursing Assistant Certification testing.
The Nursing Department's Computer lab is a 12 station workspace especially for current program students. Computers are loaded with interactive skills software and full internet access. When not in use for classes or ATI testing, the computer lab can provide a quiet study space or a chance for study groups to get together. The lecture podium has its own computer station and has internet, text, and video projection capability.