Samantha Smith treated a patient with congestive heart failure in a large hospital room Thursday afternoon.
The University of Minnesota nursing senior administered medication on her patient using a syringe pump as a teaching assistant observed.
She was careful to give steady doses at a safe rate to avoid side effects like hearing loss.
But that wasn’t actually a concern — Smith’s patient was a mannequin, and the hospital room was part of the Bentson Healthy Communities Innovation Center, a new educational simulation lab for nursing students that the University School of Nursing showed off at a grand opening event Thursday.
Students can work with new lab equipment in rooms replicating hospital, intensive-care, nursing home, clinical and home-care environments, School of Nursing Dean Connie Delaney said.
The $7.8 million project was privately funded.