The first floor houses the simulation facility, including primary care exam rooms, acute care hospital rooms and a home care room. Students work with computerized mannequins and trained actor patients, and are monitored with audio-visual equipment in the simulated care environment. The second floor includes expandable classrooms and a faculty suite. The third floor is dedicated to research and doctoral student education, and houses the Kathryn S. Krause Doctoral Research Library and Study. It also includes the research center and additional classrooms.
“Our new building is truly designed to prepare the next generation of nurse scientists, educators, executives and advanced practitioners,” said Sally Brosz Hardin, dean of USD’s nursing school. It also includes the new and expanded Elizabeth Dickinson Smoyer Nursing Simulation Center, the keystone of the school’s clinical teaching facilities and a national model for nursing education.