Bethel to Break Ground on $1 Million Nursing Simulation Lab

Lissa Diaz

Bethel College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a $1 million nursing simulation lab on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. on the south side of the Middleton Hall of Science. A reception will follow in the School of Nursing.

The lab, expected to be completed in 2017, is an addition to the existing facility and will include high-fidelity simulation mannequins, sometimes referred to as Human Patient Simulators. These will allow students to learn and practice in a realistic and risk-free environment.

The new lab is made possible through a $500,000 foundation grant, combined with the generosity of organizations, friends of the college and alumni. Contributors include 1st Source Bank, Beacon Health System, Saint Joseph Health System, Dr. Dane & Mary Louise Miller Foundation, Schurz Communications Foundation, Nursing Network of Naples, Garatoni-Smith Family Foundation, Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust, Teachers Credit Union Foundation and Goshen Health.

“This high fidelity simulation training will only improve the already exceptional care that our graduates provide,” says Deborah Gillum, Ph.D., dean of Bethel’s School of Nursing. “It will allow faculty to supplement student learning by providing advanced hands-on clinical experiences in a safe learning environment with mannequins that can react as patients would.  Students will be able to perfect clinical skills and exhibit critical thinking in a learning environment that allows them to master these skills in a realistic, but safe, clinical situation.”

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