Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s new Life Sciences Research Nursing Education building, a $43 million addition to the school, is garnering nationwide attention for its state-of-the-art facility. According to school officials, the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing located in South Los Angeles has one of the most advanced simulation labs in the United States.

One of the most unique features in the facility is the top-of-the-line human patient mannequins in the 12-bed simulation lab.  These mannequins are all anatomically correct and represent adults, children, elderly and newborn patients with the ability to cough, talk, urinate and have audible heart and lung sounds. Students can insert intravenous lines into them to ease their “distress” and to make diagnoses. 

“Typically, when students graduate from nursing school, they have cared for two patients, and while they may know a lot about the care of those two types of afflictions, they have not been in a dynamic environment,” said Dr. Gloria McNeal, founding dean, in a press statement. “What we are trying to do here at CDU is to offer students hands-on experience in every environment, so that by the time they graduate, they know what to do when a patient requires care.”