Space for Practice
With technology and thoughtfully designed space, we can simulate real-life health care situations like interviewing a patient, reading an X-ray, or administering an injection. The building will be home to the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center, featuring six simulation rooms that include an operating room and intensive care unit. Well prepared nurses, respiratory therapists, and radiological technologists are critical in emergency situations. The spaces for practice, as described below, allow for exploration and learning in a safe environment.
- Neuroscience and Biopsychology Teaching Labs: These two 24-student labs are state-of-the-art teaching labs configured in adaptable and flexible “pods.”
- Radiology Suite: This suite consists of six labs, including a state-of-the-art operating room. Equipment includes small and large computer radiography, small and large digital radiology, and advanced imaging.
- Innovation Lab: This lab is the building’s “maker space”—a place designed for people to invent, learn, and create. This space gives students access to state-of-the-art technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and a milling machine to precisely cut objects.
- Neuroscience Research Lab: This lab accommodates six faculty researchers and 12–15 student and post-doctoral researchers. It includes a histology lab and a tissue culture lab to study human tissue and identify treatment options based on diagnosis.
- Nursing Skills Labs: These two areas combine the atmosphere of a hospital environment with sophisticated learning technology instrumental for student success. The “patients” are recipients of a variety of nursing interventions, including body repositioning, injections, intravenous catheters, feeding tubes, wound care, and oxygenation therapy.
- Health Assessment Lab: This area allows students to learn and practice assessment and interview techniques.
- Functional Living Lab: This lab simulates a home-health environment with a kitchen, living area, bed, and bathroom. Students can practice working with patients on activities of daily living and professors monitor students from an observation room.
- Respiratory Lab: This lab includes exam tables and the equipment needed to train students to provide respiratory care in hospital, home, and surgery settings.
- Movement Studio: This studio will be the largest one on the NKU campus. It will be used by dance classes and for creative and dance therapy courses. Dance therapy has been used to successfully help individuals suffering from depression, schizophrenia, and cancer.
- Kinesiology Studio: This space will be used for advanced human performance analysis and testing, instruction, and research. It will be equipped with a high-performance treadmill, metabolic cart, a “Bod Pod” to measure body fat and lean body mass, a bone density instrument to determine osteoporosis risk, and force plate to measure gait and running patterns for athletes.