ROANOKE,Va. – The Roanoke Higher education on Wednesday expanded and reopened its Radford University Clinical Simulation Center.
The center is equipped with state-of-the-art mannequins as sit in patients, who have lifelike capabilities. They are designed to cry, breathe and can even be injected with a needle. This allows future nurses to experience the hospital and examination rooms without the risk.
“I think it's important for students in nursing because we actually work with real patients and it’s best to do it before you go in (the workforce),” nursing student Daysha Williams said.
The state of the art project cost nearly 2 million dollars. and will allow an additional 600 students in the facility.
The expansion is not projected to just serve its current students. Its goal is to reach future students and personnel. “We are now surveying 1,000 students, and with the stim lab we can now serve 600 more,” said Executive Director for Roanoke Higher Education Authority Kay Dunkley said.
There are a total of 11 college universities partnered with the Roanoke Higher Education center that are delivering nearly 300 programs. At the center, one is able to get an associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate right in town.
The lab is now one of 64 accredited simulation centers in the nation and the second in Virginia.