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The Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory

SFA’s Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory offers another way for students to practice their nursing skills in a controlled environment. The lab covers 9,000 square feet of the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing and is equipped with the latest in medical teaching technology. 

Here, high-fidelity mannequins provide a realistic look at a wide variety of medical conditions. These “patients” are operated remotely by professors and given names and medical histories to help students hone their patient education, diagnosis and treatment abilities. One mannequin, “SimMom,” even delivers a five-pound baby!

The simulation lab is one of only three in the state of Texas to be named a Laerdal Center of Excellence, an award for centers that exhibit consistent excellence in educational philosophy and programs for the purpose of saving lives.

Gain real experience from artificial patients

Each semester, nursing students have the opportunity to collaborate with other students in preparation for real-life scenarios.

Here’s one example:

With a handful of note cards, SFA junior nutrition major Leah Wilson sits in a mock hospital room inside the simulation lab. In front of her, “Mr. Anderson” comes to life. Operated by a clinical instructor in the control room across the hall, Mr. Anderson is one of the lab’s resident mannequins.

For this assignment, he is a 50-year-old newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic who is being discharged from the hospital. Wilson’s task is to educate Mr. Anderson on diabetes and discuss healthy diet and lifestyle changes.

“The project was cool because we were able to practice talking with a client and get experience,” Wilson said. “I feel like this project helped because it was hands-on instead of sitting in a classroom.”

About Ed and Gwen Cole

Ed and Gwen Cole moved to Nacogdoches in 1978 from New Orleans, Louisiana. They fell in love with the area and became avid supporters of education and the local community. SFA students benefit from multiple scholarships and learning centers provided by the Coles, including the nursing program’s state-of-the-art simulation lab. 

Not all of our donors are able to make gifts on the same scale as the Coles, but gifts of any size can benefit our nursing students. Click here for more information on how you can help.


Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing

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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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