The Purdue University Global School of Nursing has teamed up with Dallas County Hospital to create a simulation center in Perry, Iowa.

This centre at Dallas County Hospital will create a learning model that meets the requirements of Purdue University Global students, the hospital staff and the community.

It will make use of a family of Gaumard brand manikins that include an infant, child, birthing mother and adult.

The space will feature two large simulation suites staged to imitate hospital rooms with audio/video capabilities, a master control room, two conference rooms to hold debriefings, a skills lab practice room, break area, nurses’ station, central supply area, medication preparation space, offices, and storage space.

Furthermore, the entities will work together to create an interprofessional simulation experiences where several health care professionals can practice patient and family care together.

Purdue University Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing Melissa Burdi said: “We are excited to partner with Dallas County Health, creating a state-of-the-art simulation facility that enables our nursing students and health care colleagues to engage in immersive learning with a keen training focus on patient safety, high reliability and quality of care, all while fostering interprofessional collaboration serving the rural community.”

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In a joint statement, Dallas County Hospital chief executive officer Angela Mortoza and chief clinical officer Cindy Peeler said: “Dallas County Hospital is elated to bring our communities Purdue University Global. The past two-plus years have displayed the vitalness and heroism of nurses and shown the necessity of molding the next generation of nurses to care for our communities.

“Our partnership will allow the ability to provide the tools, education and experience needed for new nurses to embark upon their careers and display the same levels of compassion and competency we witness in our staff today. We are honored to play a part in nurses’ journeys here and look forward to making a positive difference not only at DCH but in our surrounding health care communities.”

Purdue University Global has similar simulation partnerships with CHI Health St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, and UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa.