The O'Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center is an advanced learning and research facility within the School of Nursing & Health Studies.
A cornerstone of the facility is "GUS," the high-fidelity Georgetown University Simulator that can realistically replicate physiological conditions and symptoms and pharmacological responses.
GUS can be age 18 or 70, a diabetic or a cardiac patient. GUS features heart and lung sounds, papillary reactions, and can be used to teach intubation, ventilation, and follow-up assessment.
Simulation allows students within Georgetown's undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to apply and hone theory in a non-threatening environment while providing preparation for students who will enter real-life clinical situations.
This remarkable teaching tool allows students to get clinical training and confidence in advanced diagnostic and treatment skills in preparation for treating actual patients.
The center also includes high fidelity adult simulators, maternal simulators, and pediatric simulators; five primary care offices; and two hospital units, as well as an education-focused electronic health record system. The most recent addition is "Lucina," a childbirth simulator, and her baby "Rose."
Faculty and students in other academic departments at NHS also utilize the center to conduct research and teaching activites.
Recent projects, for example, have looked at physiological response in extreme environments and the effect of hospital design on providers' stress level.