Yale School of Nursing Breaks Ground on Simulation Lab Expansion

The Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) recently celebrated the ground-breaking of an expansion of their state-of-the-art simulation lab. The 8,000 square feet of newly designed space will include a new Primary Care Assessment lab, six new standardized patient rooms, a 500-square-foot one-bedroom simulation apartment with kitchen and bathroom, two new classrooms, and an updated café.

The new space is on track to be completed in August for the 2018-2019 academic year. The expansion began in late 2017, nearly doubling the size of the space that the simulation lab currently occupies. Once complete, the first floor rooms will become a primary care space and the lower level will be dedicated to acute care.

Highlights of the renovation include:


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  • A new Primary Care Assessment lab to add to our Acute Care Assessment Lab
  • 6 new Standardized Patient rooms with an adjacent “green room” for our actors
  • A 500 square foot one-bedroom simulation apartment with a kitchen and bathroom
  • The addition of high-tech observation and control rooms
  • 2 new debrief rooms
  • Student and faculty workstations
  • A brand new 46-seat classroom
  • A brand new 36-seat classroom
  • An updated cafe with healthy and fresh grab-n-go offerings

Yale’s simulation lab is intended to give students the opportunity to practice cognitive and critical skills, hands-on psychomotor skills, and effective communication in designated primary care and acute care spaces.

Simulations are taught using interactive, practice-based instruction with a goal of preparing students to transfer their classroom learning into clinical practice. The expansion will increase the School’s capacity to enroll larger master’s student classes without increasing the number of clinical sites.

Yale School of Nursing Dean Ann Kurth tells News.Yale.edu, “By investing in the expansion of the simulation lab, Yale School of Nursing is committed to ensuring that the next generation of nurse leaders, scholars, and practitioners are fully prepared for the future challenges in national and global healthcare. This exciting venture will help us maintain our status as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the world.”

Learn more about Yale Nursing’s new simulation lab expansion!


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