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State-of-the-Art Nursing Simulation Lab Opens at St. Vincent Healthcare

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Billings, MT - St. Vincent Healthcare and Montana State University College of Nursing are opening a new, state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab at the Mansfield Health Education Center at St. Vincent Healthcare to allow students and St. Vincent Healthcare professionals to gain critical skills and knowledge. Through mock nursing scenarios with high-tech patient manikins at the new lab, students and current healthcare professionals will practice critical thinking, routine patient care, and response to emergency situations.

The new lab includes three Simulation Rooms (Labor and Delivery, Pediatric and Adult) and an additional debriefing area. The lab will be utilized by more than 170 nursing students each semester. Additionally, the current nursing staff and other healthcare professionals at St. Vincent will use the lab for updating their competencies and skills. Simulation labs bridge the gap between theoretical coursework and clinical rotations to provide additional hands-on opportunities for learning.

“Montana State University College of Nursing is delighted to celebrate a continued partnership with St. Vincent through the opening of this collaborative simulation lab,” said Sarah Shannon, Dean and Professor, MSU College of Nursing. “Over the past decade, both nursing education and nursing practice have dramatically expanded the use of simulation. Simulation is integral to improving quality of care and patient safety and creating positive, robust and engaging learning environments.”

>The creation of the new lab was made possible through a collaborative effort. The MSU College of Nursing was able to invest in and provide the new equipment and simulation technology, but had limited ability to expand at the current location at MSU-Billings. After exploring several options, St. Vincent Healthcare identified the potential space in the Mansfield Center for the lab. Finally, the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation was able to provide support for the building modifications and renovations needed to bring the project to life.

“While it is critical to have these advanced teaching tools for our nursing students, the ultimate benefit is to the community,” said BJ Gilmore, St. Vincent Healthcare, VP of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. “As we graduate competent and qualified nurses, we will continue to provide excellent care to patients in Montana.”

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.