SON Skills and Simulation Center

The Skills and Simulation Center within the School of Nursing at NMSU is an important and valuable asset for nursing student development and learning. Students use the labs throughout each semester to learn physical assessment and other hands-on skills. Open lab hours are available for students to practice skills outside of class time. The Skills and Simulation Center is also used to enhance the curriculum by integrating the nursing process with simulated patient-care scenarios. Simulated experiences in a variety of settings within the lab increases the student’s understanding of a nurse’s role, allows for improvement of communication skills and promotes clinical reasoning.

The nursing skills and simulation center labs are equipped with functioning hospital beds, stretchers, suction capability, simulated oxygen and other equipment that students will see in a hospital setting. Supplies are readily available for practice so competency can be achieved with every required skill. Intravenous and enteral feeding pumps, training devices for IV insertion and injections plus a variety of manikins maximize the learning experience of our students within the lab setting. Some of these manikins have the ability to generate heart, lung and bowel sounds that are beneficial for head to toe physical assessment skills and scenarios. 

Our Campuses

Grants, Alamogordo and the Las Cruces campuses have high-fidelity manikins that provide students with a fully immersive experience in a realistic setting. The Las Cruces campus also has a high fidelity Sim baby and a birth simulator manikin. Realistic patient scenarios using manikins and standardized patients have been created by experienced nursing faculty to maximize learning within a safe and supportive environment. The scenarios are developed so students learn to collaborate with other members of the health care team, assess rapid changes in their patient’s condition and make decisions that affect patient outcomes. As students interpret the bedside monitor, perform a focused assessment and practice inter-disciplinary communication they become better prepared for the clinical setting and develop confidence for interactions with real patients. NMSU’s high fidelity simulation rooms are fully equipped with video and sound systems that allow for effective observational learning and assist in the evaluation of student performance through guided debriefing with faculty.

Please Contact us for Additional Information:

Current students can visit the student support site in the Nursing Skills and Simulation Center course in Canvas for more information and open lab hours.

NMSU Las Cruces Campus: Contact:
HSS Rm 118
Phone: (575) 646-3699
Fax: (575) 646-2167
Penny Jimerson, MSN, RN
Manager, Skills & Simulation Center
HSS Rm 132E
575-646-2100, or