Equipped with realistic exam rooms, a surgical suite, and computerized manikins, the state-of-the-art Simulation Lab is a risk-free learning environment where students can put their clinical skills to the test.
View 360-degree panoramic images of some of our clinical learning spaces by selecting one of the spaces located on the map below.
The Connell School moved into our new home in 2015. Maloney Hall, our main building, features the Brown Family Clinical Learning Lab, the Simulation Lab, and an inviting lobby.
With 12 hospital beds, low-fidelity manikins, and task-training models, this 2,000-square-foot laboratory enhances our students’ training. Thanks to a generous gift from Scott Brown ’79 and his wife, Tracy Burnett Brown ‘80, Boston College parents, students can complete their classwork and practice clinical skills in a realistic environment. With greater access to experiential learning, they gain confidence and strengthen their knowledge at all levels, from foundational skill-building to advanced simulation exercises that encourage critical thinking.
As nursing simulation plays an increasingly critical role in coursework, CSON students can apply what they learn in the classroom at the Simulation Laboratory. Featuring four realistic hospital settings and the latest in clinical teaching tools—including computerized high-fidelity manikins—the lab lets instructors simulate a wide range of medical scenarios and emphasizes teamwork. Four hospital rooms and five control rooms and four debrief rooms help prepare students for what they can expect during their clinical rounds and throughout their careers.
Five examination rooms feature exam tables, writing desks, supply cabinets, sink/soap dispensers, and wall-mounted equipment. Students utilize these spaces for clinical assessments as well as to hone their skills for clinical practice.
The Student Learning Commons on Maloney Hall’s second floor is connected to the nursing labs. Students have access to quiet study areas and collaborative areas, including AV-equipped work rooms. The lounge also has a pantry with a microwave, lockers, and laptops and textbooks available for loan.
Square feet of learning space in the Brown Family Learning Laboratory, which is equipped with 12 hospital beds.
Simulation rooms, set up to resemble a pediatric exam room, adult hospital room, maternity room, and surgical suite.
Primary care exam rooms, where simulations involving live patient actors take place.
Moderate and high-fidelity manikins representing a range of ages from infants to adults.
In the Simulation Lab, you'll be placed into realistic scenarios that prepare you for real-world experience. Undergraduate students diagnose asthma, treat seizure patients, and deliver preterm infants, while graduate students engage in simulations designed to challenge their specialized skills.
As an undergraduate student, you'll treat computerized patients, called "manikins," that can simulate having a seizure, hemmoraging, and giving birth. Graduate students are also placed in simulations involving live actors, allowing them to sharpen skills like clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis.
Control rooms are located through a one-way mirror window to allow instructors to observe each simulation and enact various scenarios. Simulation Lab staff members trained in simulation education design each simulation to be as realistic as possible while meeting course objectives.
Each simulation room is set up with real equipment that nurses use every day, like medication dispensers, adjustable beds, and telemetry monitors. The Brown Family Learning Lab has space for demonstrations, and students are welcome to drop by during open lab hours to practice their skills alongside trained tutors.
Communication, clinical judgement, and reasoning skills are crucial in the nursing profession. Simulations are designed to test your ability to work as part of a team, while remaining calm and professional under pressure.
Each simulation space is paired with a debrief room where you'll be able to observe other simulations taking place or reflect on a scenario you just took part in.
Christine Repsha, Ph.D., RN, CNP, CHSE
Director, Clinical Learning and Simulation Centers
Clinical Assistant Professor
Jeanie Foley, BA, MS
Assistant Director, Simulation Centers
Eileen Sullivan, MSN, MS, RN
Assistant Director, Learning Laboratories
Christine Repsha is a certified health care simulation educator and uses her expertise to develop and deliver simulations focused on helping students develop clinical judgement and reasoning as well as acquire competency in their nursing skills. She has been selected as a Research Fellow for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Learning in Simulation.
Dr. Repsha teaches in the undergraduate, direct entry, and doctorate of nursing practice programs. She has taught adult health, advanced health assessment, and advises DNP projects.
She is also certified family nurse practitioner and has worked in intensive care units as well as in home care and ambulatory care settings.
Jeanie Foley specializes in integrating innovative simulation technology into the school of nursing curriculum. She plays a pivotal role in the design and development of the Simulation Center hospital rooms. Jeanie is skilled in the art of medical moulage and skilled in simulation technology.
Eileen Sullivan is responsible for the day-to-day running, maintenance, and upkeep of the Brown Family Learning Lab, as well as the five exam rooms located in the Connell School of Nursing's clinical space. She collaborates with professors who teach in the lab. In addition, she also teaches in the undergraduate nursing program.
“Above all else, the Sim Lab is a safe space to learn and make mistakes. Our students are entering a high-risk job and we want to make sure they're prepared for whatever role they're training for. ”