University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, Nursing Education Center

SM&W Contribution

The Nursing Education Center is the State of Rhode Island’s first non-physician-based, nursing simulation and education facility located in Providence, RI. The Nursing Education Center is comprised of two universities: The University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. SM&W provided multidisciplinary consulting services on the 133,000-square-foot project; including acoustics, audiovisual, information technology, medical equipment planning, and physical security services. The new Nursing Education Center includes high fidelity simulation labs, two simulated operating rooms, a labor & delivery lab, and ICU lab, a pediatrics lab, standardized patient exam suites, a bariatric patient lab, and multiple skills and training spaces.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art nursing education, the schools wished to be the source for simulation training for other medical fields. Our team worked to create spaces that would serve the needs of anesthesiologist, surgical technologies, home healthcare providers, and others in a flexible and fully-equipped environment.

The challenge of managing a healthcare project with an atypical program and multiple stakeholders was significant. There was no dedicated faculty for the Nursing Education Center during the design period, and all planning decisions stemmed from the two different universities. Our team had to coordinate and account for two different sets of standards for the simulation programs, and two sets of simulation technology philosophies.

Located at the South Street Landing in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (RINEC) shares the old South Street Power Station building with Brown University, who has administrative office space within the building. RINEC offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral level educational programs.

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