Reimagine the Future of Nursing Education
Since 1905, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) has evolved from a small training program in a 50-bed hospital to an internationally renowned school that now enrolls more than 1,000 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students each year.
The School of Nursing is expanding its footprint with the Emory Nursing Learning Center, a 70,000-square-feet renovation in Decatur, Ga. The $20.6 million expansion boasts a state-of-the-art simulation and skills lab, which will provide experiential and immersive learning for students, and the Emory Nursing Experience, a program for continuing professional education in partnership with Emory Healthcare nursing.
Alumni and donors have been instrumental in helping accomplish the school’s mission—educating visionary nursing leaders and scholars; generating and applying knowledge; and transforming nursing, health, and systems of health care within local and global communities.
Support for this project will help ensure that Emory’s School of Nursing remains a leader in nursing education.
The Emory Nursing Learning Center transforms today’s nursing student experience. The student commons lobby area is a big, bright, and open gathering space, and features a prominent community staircase and digital wall that stretches up to the second floor.
At the top of the stairs is the Innovation Hub, a space to nurture new ideas and serve as a springboard for innovation. This space helps the School of Nursing meet rising health care challenges of a growing and complex population. This floor also includes flexible classrooms, which incorporate the latest in interactive technology.
A home health lab allows students to experience realistic home care-based simulations that emphasize the patient care and therapeutic communication skills needed to support patients and their caretakers.
Simulation-based learning allows students to practice and master both basic and advanced clinical skills, techniques, and procedures. Through simulation, students learn to think critically in complex situations, communicate effectively with patients and health care teams, and manage rapidly changing situations in real-time.
The building’s fourth floor houses the Emory Nursing Experience (ENE), a professional development partnership between Emory Healthcare nursing education and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing to provide quality, continuing nursing education (activities that meet learner needs in the dynamic health care environment. The ENE space includes classrooms, conference rooms, and a recording studio.
- Conference rooms
- Emory Nursing Experience classrooms, conference rooms and offices
- Faculty and staff lounge
- Innovation Hub
- Media recording studio
- New mothers’ room
- Reception and kitchen areas
- Student commons area
- Student lounge
- Student wellness and mediation room
- Wellness room
- Briefing rooms
- Exam rooms
- High-fidelity rooms
- Labor and delivery suite
- Operating/trauma room
- Skills labs
- Standardized patient lounge (for actors participating in simulations)
- Telehealth room
- Traditional hospital rooms