The Niagara College Simulation Lab—also known as the Health Lab—is located in the recently built Applied Health Institute on Niagara College’s Welland Campus. An expansive, multi-lab facility, the Health Lab is used by all of the college’s health programs, including Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Allied Health Professions, Pharmacy Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant. A separate lab for the Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene programs exists on the floor below the Health Lab. The Health Lab was constructed this way to encourage interprofessional education (IPE), which is a strong commitment of Niagara College.
Altogether, the multi-room Health Lab features more than 20 manikins, including a 3G wireless SimMan, a high-fidelity manikin used in the pre-graduate levels of the Practical Nursing program.
Though the simulation lab has been used mainly by the Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker programs, many collaborative and interprofessional opportunities are offered for other healthcare programs to take advantage of the benefits of learning within this simulated environment. The Health Lab is in high demand throughout the year and, as a result, there is a scheduling protocol for lab requests, regularly coordinated by the lab’s full-time technologists Brenda Milne and Cathy Tirone.
Holldrid Odreman, Program Coordinator and Simulation Lead