Nursing faculty working with high fidelity mannekin in birthing area of nursing simulation lab

Lourdes nursing students have a new simulation lab to gain valuable hands-on experience. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the lab offers a control room where faculty and staff observe students work with high-fidelity manikins while closely mimicking realistic hospital settings.

With nearly 40% of Lourdes students enrolled in nursing, the Flasck Nursing Lab has and will continue to be home-base. The new simulation lab provides another dynamic space for learning and teaching. One of the highlights includes a high-fidelity birthing and infant simulator. “The students love the opportunity to gain more experience and build confidence in dealing with high pressure situations. Simulation labs are a vital component of nursing education,” notes Christina Silka, D.N.P., dean of the College of Nursing.

Students working in exercise science lab. One student is inside the bod pod and the other student is operating the computer.

Exercise science majors also are benefiting from a new lab. “Students utilize the space to apply practical skills and evaluate the effects of exercise and physical activity,” notes Kate Beutel, Ph.D., interim vice president of academic affairs. In addition to a variety of exercise equipment and assessment tools, a bod pod allows students to measure volume and monitor changes in pressure within the closed chamber.

“The university is grateful to the many donors who make our labs possible. Through continued support, Lourdes can provide the best learning experiences that prepare students for their chosen profession,” adds Dr. Beutel.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences or Nursing, can contact Mary Sabin, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at or visit

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