Marquette University's College of Nursing announced a partnership with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare to build a clinical simulation center at Marquette University. It is the first clinical simulation center partnership of its type in Wisconsin.
Made possible in part by a $1 million investment over 5 years from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, the $4 million simulation center be named the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation at Marquette University, and will be built in the lower level of the College of Nursing's Emory T. Clark Hall, located at 530 N. 16th Street.
The new Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical will include a six-bed hospital with two ICU rooms, two med-surg rooms, one pediatric/neonatal intensive care unit and one L&D suite. It will also feature two provider offices, a home health/long-term care apartment, three skills labs with various levels of technology, and four debrief rooms, where professors and clinical educators are able to review video recordings of simulation exercises with students.
The center will allow Marquette's College of Nursing to increase the size of its incoming freshman class by 25 percent.
The business model for the new Center for Clinical Simulation will provide Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare with considerable savings compared to the cost of creating its own simulation center. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare will be guaranteed 200 hours of clinical training annually at the new facility, as well as access to Marquette's College of Nursing faculty and evaluation mechanisms for ongoing training of its clinical staff. Wheaton's healthcare providers will receive interdisciplinary team training in key clinical priorities, with the goal of reducing clinical errors and increasing patient safety.