Simulation Laboratory

Two students in the simulation labThe Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas greatly expanded its simulation laboratory with the opening of the Epley Center for Health Professions in January 2012.

The lab is designed to give students hands-on clinical experience. It includes:

  • Fundamentals laboratory
  • Health-assessment laboratory
  • Intensive-care unit
  • Pediatrics room
  • Labor and delivery room
  • Two-room medical-surgical unit

Each room contains high-fidelity mannequins that can simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions, as well as labor and delivery, that nurses will see in a real health-care environment. Cameras in the lab send data from the "patient rooms" to any of three classrooms in the simulation lab. The simulations are recorded, and students and simulation facilitators can review the videos to learn from the students' experiences. Simulation operation technicians oversee the mannequins, including verbal communication, from a control room.

Other features of the lab:

  • Bedside laptops to prepare students for their clinical experience in documentation within an electronic health record
  • Similar equipment to that used in clinical agencies where nursing students receive their on-site clinical training
  • Head wall units to simulate oxygen administration and suctioning when necessary
  • Medication carts and a medication supply room
  • Crash carts
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) machines
  • Ventilators
  • Defibrillators

Types of simulation capabilities:

  • Mannequin-based scenarios
  • Tabletop game simulations
  • Escape room simulations
  • Role-play activities
  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Telehealth simulation

Educational Opportunities

To learn about educational opportunities available at the sim lab, please contact the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at 479-575-3904 or