Second Degree female and male students with professor in simulation lab

Nursing Lab and Clinical Sites

Clinical practice is an invaluable part of any nursing student's education. Our undergraduate students have plenty of opportunities to obtain it.

Clinical Experiences at Local Health Care Sites

Under the supervision of expert clinical faculty and nurse preceptors, you will gain clinical experience at hospitals and community facilities throughout the Pittsburgh area, which is home to some of the top hospitals and health care systems in the region and the country.

The Learning and Simulation Center

Students will also gain clinical experience in the School of Nursing's Learning and Simulation Center—a space dedicated to creating a deeper style of learning. The Center offers an array of technology that increases realism, improves the quality of evaluation and enhances clinical learning.

You will have many opportunities to gain clinical knowledge and decision-making abilities, as well as strengthen your teamwork, communication and leadership skills. The Center creates meaningful experiences through which students can grow into competent and confident professionals.

Within the 7,000 square-foot space, you will find a variety of different learning rooms, including:

  • High-fidelity simulation rooms.
  • Primary care offices/standardized patient rooms.
  • An augmented reality room.
  • A fundamentals skills lab.
  • A pediatric assessment room.

Take a virtual tour of the Center by watching the video below.

Technology Infused Learning

Changes in technology and in the way our students learn is at the heart of the Learning and Simulation Center--a space dedicated to creating a deeper style of learning.

Two Simulation Rooms

female nursing students working on mannequin in simulation lab

The Learning and Simulation Center has two high-fidelity simulation rooms, including the the Ann Lantzy Glazener Simulation Room. In these simulation rooms, you can work with:

  • SimMan®, which is capable of emitting lung and bowel sounds, as well as normal and abnormal pulses and heartbeats. Students can apply dressings to a mannequin's wounds or perform catheterizations, injections and irrigations. You can also practice intubation and defibrillation.
  • Wireless SimMan 3G, which can be manipulated to react to correct or incorrect drugs and dosages. It can exhibit a range of physiologic responses, including changes in pupils and eyelid movement; bleeding, secretion of fluids, perspiration and tears; mimicking seizures; and emitting speech and vocal sounds.
  • Working oxygen flow meters and wall-mounted suction equipment.

For simulations, faculty manipulate the mannequins from a nearby control room. Simulations may also include audio sounds and video projections that expose you to the potential visual and auditory qualities of a hospital setting.

Fundamental Skills Lab

two female students practicing clinical skills on mannequin

The Robert and Mary Weisbrod Fundamental Skills Lab offers areas for instruction in acute care, health assessment, basic care, medication and home care. Here, you'll have access to SimBaby® as well as neonatal and birthing mannequins.

Conference and Debriefing Room

faculty member debriefing nursing students on clinical simulation

The Gladys Husted Conference and Debriefing Room is where you will debrief after a simulation session. The room features a Mondopad, which is a large video monitor with intuitive touch-screen controls. The Mondopad easily interfaces with handheld computers and mobile phones, and it supports remote viewing from any location that has internet access.

Standardized Patient Rooms

female nursing student and faculty member examining a male patient

Outpatient clinical visits can be simulated in one of our four patient rooms.

Additional Equipment

two female nursing students listening to heartbeat of infant simulation mannequin

The Learning and Simulation Center has so much to offer, including the following additional equipment:

  • Birthing bed
  • Neonatal monitor
  • Ventilator
  • Incubator
  • Infant warmer

These items were provided through the generosity of Pocket Nurse.