The David and Teryl Schawk Nursing Education Center at Advocate Health Care
Nurses are essential partners in delivering innovative health care. New technologies and applications for clinical decision making require highly trained nurses. Nursing associates at all levels have a fundamental role to play in the evolution of health care delivery, including population heath management and coordination across the care continuum.
Advocate Health Care is implementing strategies to standardize nursing practice and enhance nurse development. The system is devoting significant resources to support the growth of professional nurse development through investments in information technology and training facilities.
In March 2018, Advocate opened the David and Teryl Schawk Nursing Education Center. The Center will elevate nursing orientation, education and ongoing professional development.
The Center integrates the principles of adult learning through simulation and immersive learning and interactive training. The program is supported by a clinical, situational and behavioral assessment that will create a roadmap for an individualized orientation and transition to practice. The Center boasts skills labs, inpatient simulation rooms, an outpatient exam simulation room and flexible classrooms.
- Five skill labs for hands-on learning experiences, utilizing standardized Advocate room design, equipment and technologies.
- Four inpatient simulation rooms with viewing areas that provide realistic, experiential learning opportunities by supporting a full range of simple to more complex patient scenarios.
- One outpatient exam simulation room with a viewing area to support the ongoing orientation and professional development of Advocate Medical Group medical assistants, nurses and Advance Practice Clinicians (APC).
- Two flexibly configured classrooms—separated by an acoustic, moveable wall—for computer training, didactic education and group discussion. The large classroom will accommodate up to 70 participants, and the small classroom will seat 40. The moveable wall will allow for groups as large as 110 individuals.
Longtime Advocate nurse Teryl Schawk and her husband, David, have been providing philanthropic support to nursing education and research for more than 10 years. Their most recent and generous gift will help bring the latest equipment and technology to the Center, including skills trainers, simulation mannequins and immersive computer technology to enhance critical thinking.