Redefining Nursing Education: Vertical Expansion

The School of Nursing is committed to transforming nursing education as an Apple Distinguished School. The vertical expansion — completed in Spring 2022 — features 26,000 square feet of experiential learning and student-centered spaces. Here, instructors and students can engage in real-life learning opportunities to better improve the health and well-being of people around the world.

Ribbon Cutting Unveils $15M Addition to Helen Wood Hall

The University of Rochester School of Nursing unveiled the state-of-the-art $15 million addition to Helen Wood Hall on Friday, May 6, that will transform nursing education for generations of future health care providers.

University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf, UR Medical Center CEO Mark B. Taubman and School of Nursing Dean Kathy Rideout delivered welcoming remarks at the formal ribbon cutting ceremony. They were joined by donors, University leadership, and elected officials, including NYS Senator Jeremy Cooney, Assemblymember Harry Bronson, and Gov. Kathy Hochul's Finger Lakes regional representative Elizabeth Morabito.

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Tara Serwetnyk
There's a real need to prepare nurses to think critically when taking care of patients. By bringing the clinical setting to the classroom we help our students apply that knowledge and make decisions in a safe practice environment.
Tara Serwetnyk, EdD, RN, NPD-BC
Director, Academic Innovation
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
University of Rochester School of Nursing
Skills Lab

The new skills lab represents a significant increase in size and features 20 bays, including 15 patient beds, five patient exam tables, and a critical care system with a patient lift. The center of the room features an educational area with two 70” monitors, student cubbies, and tables.

Simulation Rooms

Four simulation rooms feature high-fidelity SimMen with patient beds, a patient monitoring system, and a one-way mirrored window for observation from the control room. Instructors control the simulation via SimIQ technology and can augment the simulation by communicating directly with the students. Once a simulation is complete, SimIQ technology allows for immediate review.

Experiential Learning Rooms (ELRs)

Experiential Learning Rooms (ELRs) serve as multi-functional instructional rooms. Each of the eight rooms feature an exam table covered by the SimIQ video capture system. The center of each room has movable tables where students can sit while teachers cast the lesson from their iPads to TV monitors equipped with Apple TV. ELRs operate independently as well as interdependently as each room is connected via sliding glass doors.

Clinical Learning Rooms (CLRs)
Clinical Learning Rooms (CLRs)

Clinical Learning Rooms (CLRs) enhance the realism around standardized patient and clinical nursing student interactions. Each of the four CLRs has an exam table with the SimIQ suite of video capture technology and a one-way mirrored window for observation. Across the hall from these rooms is a lounge for the standardized patient to get ready and enter from the appointed door. The clinical nursing student enters from the opposite door, making the interaction more realistic to a provider’s office or hospital exam room.

Extended Reality Rooms (XR)
Extended Reality Rooms (XR)

The two XR rooms will accommodate alternate reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) technology. AR and VR technologies encourages greater practice time and hands on-experience in a safe environment with instant feedback.

Student Lounge Spaces
Student Lounge & Spaces

Student study and lounge spaces are built throughout the three floors. The fourth floor has a multi-purposed theme, dedicated to student lounge space with some creature comforts while also allowing the school extra space for student instruction and faculty meetings.

Ma Melita Hebert, RN
By leveraging active learning technologies and methodologies, we are not only ensuring our ability to deliver our curriculum in a highly individualized and flexible way, but also creating truly dynamic, experiential learning experiences that prepare our students for their futures in nursing.
Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP
Associate Dean, Education and Student Affairs