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FAU Simulation Center Provides a New Site
for Nurses’ Emergency Training

BOCA RATON, FL (November 19, 2009) - A new agreement between the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science Simulation Center and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) will train nurses with little to no experience in emergency medicine, critical care, and labor and delivery on state-of-the-art mannequins to recreate nearly every human medical condition and response to treatment.  The newly-developed training sessions will take place at the simulation center on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, as well as at the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Mollie Wilmot Pavilion.

“This is an excellent way for nurses who have never worked in these areas of medicine to gain the experience and confidence they need before being placed in a situation where their actions could mean the difference between the life and death of a patient,” said Mark Goldstein, director of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science Simulation Center. “We will be able to challenge these nurses in a real life environment with real life scenarios, in a non-life threatening way.”

The new partnership will train a new group of nurses three to four times a year and serve 12 different HCA hospitals from Miami-Dade County through Indian River County.  The training course will vary from four to seven weeks, in which the nurses will undergo four days of didactic education and spend one day on simulated real-life emergency room scenarios each week.  The simulated scenarios will be videotaped for review by the nurses and instructors for accuracies in diagnosis and areas for improvement

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science Simulation Center helps to bridge healthcare education and community-based healthcare practice.  It provides an opportunity to enhance patient safety and treatment by simulating medical scenarios and providing community healthcare professionals with the chance to practice, prepare and analyze all aspects of the chain of patient care and treatment.

For more information, contact Giselle Reid at 561-297-1139 or


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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