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Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center

The Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center provides an invaluable experiential and kinesthetic learning experience for Jacksonville University School of Nursing students. The STAR Center directed by Dr. ​Kathleen Kavanagh, DMH, MSN, Ed RN, enhances critical thinking and psychomotor skills that are fundamental to health sciences education and patient care in a simulated environment. The experience creates a positive, safe learning environment that builds students' confidence, communication techniques, assessment skills, critical thinking abilities, and advances their clinical skills proficiency with varying levels of patient acuity. Academic clinical partnership and collaboration increases preparedness of the student to practitioner role in the delivery of evidenced-based care, based upon Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations, and the Quality Safety and Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative. 

The STAR Center replicates a diverse patient care environment:

  • 14 bed units
    • Adult Care
    • Critical Care
    • Geriatric Care
    • Kinesiology Wellness Care
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Mother Baby
    • Nursery Care
    • Pediatric Care
    • Psychiatric Care
    • Rehabilitation Care
    • Respiratory Care
    • Speech Language Pathology Diagnosis and Care
  • ​The STAR Center features a variety of manikins (such as Sim Mom, Sim Man Essential and Sim Jr, Sim Mom, Noelle Birthing Simulator) that simulate CPR, vital signs, heart sounds, lung sounds, abdominal sounds, EKG changes, Arrhythmias, Airway Normal Findings , Dysfunction, and Dysphagia.
  • Nursing Anne Sim Pad for skill training: NG tube, foley insertion, wound care, assessment, tracheostomy care, medication administration, and IV insertion
  • Pediatric Airway Management Simulators
 ​​​​The BRCHS experiential learning must incorporate hands on training. This occurs in our centers and laboratories. Our largest training center is the Simulation Training and Research Center (STAR). See STAR Strategic Plan below: