As we get older, we may find ourselves in more doctor’s offices or even in the hospital.

So you may find it reassuring that the next generation of nurses is getting state-of-the-art training at Grand Canyon University.

The school has just opened an immersive simulation lab where students get experience as close to the real thing as possible.


Dr. Lisa Smith is the Dean of Students at the GCU College of Nursing.

She said this model prepares the students for real life.

"This model really begins to bridge the performance gap between what they learn in the classroom and then what they're doing when they're actually hired as a nurse," Smith said.

Students don't know the scenario until moments before they walk into the room and instead of working as a group like other simulation labs, they are alone or in pairs.

That forces the students to rely more not only on their own skills but on each other as well.

"I think it adds more stress but you still have to go back to your basics and trust the person you're working with," said student Kaylee Walker.

Students spend about 10 minutes working the scenario, and then they go into a de-briefing room to talk about what went well and where they could improve.

That's where they say the real learning happens.

Right now between 500 and 600 students are enrolled in the nursing program and Smith said more than 95 percent of them pass their boards on the first try.

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