State of the Art Facilities

Our new facility in East Harlem is an example of marrying our high-tech environment with our high touch mentality. The spaces are specifically designed for future nurses to learn and engage in skills and competencies. It features equipment, resources, and technology that are present in the very best hospitals across the nation. From hospital beds, the latest IV machines, medication dispensing systems, mock medical charts, electronic records—all the equipment is at the level of quality and complexity of a leading hospital.

Our High-Tech, High Touch Simulation Center

Our new campus also features a state-of-the-art simulation center. Students gain experience on a combination of high fidelity and low fidelity simulators. These simulations integrate cognitive and psychomotor skills in a powerful learning experience—one in which the student is challenged to make decisions in real time. Simulations can be run so that, based on artificial intelligence and student interactions, the experience can mimic real life situations. And students experience the consequences or outcomes of those decisions in a safe environment. They have the opportunity to fail safely, and apply that learning to the next time.

Simulations aren’t always used to correct a health problem. At Phillips School of Nursing, we teach our nurses that prevention is just as important. Simulations help students identify potential problems in real time and act to prevent the deterioration of the patient’s condition.

Nursing research is often focused on documenting and substantiating how care can result in negative outcomes not happening. The patient didn’t get an infection, didn’t get a blood clot—and most importantly, did not die. While medicine focuses on treatment, nursing has the additional responsibility of providing the best chances for that treatment to succeed.

The nursing mindset is different. We ask our students, “Do you want to be the person who treats the diabetes, or the person who prevents the diabetes? Do you want to be the person who treats the blood clot, or the nurse who prevents the person from getting the blood clot?”

Our simulators engage our students in that type of thinking. There’s a window of opportunity to intervene—and that can make all the difference to a patient.

Our Spaces Are Specifically Designed for Nursing Education

As we designed our new facility, the spaces were thought out—without compromise—to provide nursing students with the best possible learning experience. Our “high-tech, high touch” environment is engaging, welcoming, and crafted to facilitate learning. The classrooms are airy and well-equipped for presentation. The “hands-on” spaces are specifically designed to practice skills and competencies on the latest equipment.

The School of Nursing’s state-of the-art simulation center includes inpatient and primary care settings, a home care apartment, and an operating room. The inpatient setting is equipped with advanced medium and high fidelity adult, birthing, pediatric, and neonatal simulators, and a multitude of partial task trainers. The primary care setting is equipped with examination tables and a simulated emergency room bay, for use with standardized patients. Within each simulated environment, students practice nursing skills, integrated with critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and crisis management. Each encounter area has video capture capabilities, which provides students with the essential element of debriefing post-simulation with faculty in a specially designed seminar suite.

A Welcoming Environment for Learning

The learning spaces are designed to not only facilitate learning but create a holistic environment. There are wellness areas for meditation, to take medications privately, or to breastfeed. There are areas to socialize and be a part of a community. And true to our New York roots, it feels like a loft space with exposed brick and high ceilings. It’s a welcoming space, designed to help students perform at their best.