Facts about the Center for Nursing Science

Name of building: Center for Nursing Science, a free standing addition to the UNMC College of Nursing

Cost: $14 million

Size: 43,500 gross square feet

Location: 4101 Dewey Ave.

Building features include:

  • Four classrooms (4,135 square feet)
  • Two health assessment labs (2,818 square feet) consisting of 24 clinical skills development units (4,791 square feet)
  • Simulation suite (2,232 square feet) consisting of six simulation rooms
  • Student interaction spaces (3,144 square feet)
  • Student computer cluster and study rooms (1,493 square feet)
  • Electronic medical records laboratory (381 square feet)
  • Flex-technology lab (542 square feet) for audio/video recording, photography, virtual reality
    • Six conference/meeting/team rooms (2,170 square feet)
    • Research faculty and staff project offices (875 square feet)
    • 54 faculty and staff administrative spaces

Architect: RDG Planning & Design

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

The Center for Nursing Science is the second building on campus designed to attain certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a voluntary national standard for high performance and sustainable buildings. Features of the building include: 20 percent less energy use than a typical building of the same size and 41 percent less water through more efficient plumbing systems.

Simulation Suites

To better prepare students for an increasingly complex nursing environment, six simulation suites will mimic patient care settings equipped with the latest health care technology. The clinical laboratories, which will look and feel like patient care areas, include high-tech, life-size human patient simulators that have heartbeats, pulses, lung and bowel sounds, exhibit symptoms of disease and respond to treatment.

They include:

  • Intensive care unit hospital room;
  • Labor and delivery room with a birthing bed and infant warmer;
  • Pediatric hospital room;
  • Two general medical surgical hospital rooms;
  • Community health/mental health room that simulates a home or counseling room environment.

The labs will support realistic clinical training for students – providing them with experiences they may never see during their clinical training rotations. Sessions can be recorded to provide feedback.

Whether it's dealing with hemorrhaging during birth, resuscitating a patient, starting an IV or drawing blood, students can practice until they are competent and confident in an environment where mistakes don't impact patients.

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