Nursing students run simulations in the new Video Production Studio and Nursing Simulation Lab.

Nursing students run simulations in the new Video Production Studio and Nursing Simulation Lab.
Image Credit: Tim Whims

The College of Health, Education and Human Development (HEHD) has renovated space on the second floor of Edwards Hall for use as a Video Production Studio and Nursing Simulation Lab.

“The space provides more opportunities for HEHD faculty, staff and students to take advantage of emerging technologies and video production in their research, teaching and service,” says HEHD Associate Dean for Academic Support Services and Undergraduate Studies Bill Havice of the studio and lab, which opened this semester.

The School of Nursing is using the room to hold and record nursing simulation exercises, and all HEHD units can use the space to record and broadcast video content, Havice added.

The room has been refurbished as a flexible learning space where video production and simulation furniture and equipment can be easily be moved and arranged for ease of use, Havice said. The space has smooth flooring, studio-quality lighting, video-friendly paint color, and “newsroom”-style table and interview chairs, as well as hospital beds and other amenities common to patient rooms. The studio and lab also includes a control/storage room and office space.

Individuals and groups can use lecture capture technology in the space to video content that can be viewed online, live or on demand, Havice said. They can also use their own video equipment in the space.

The opening of the studio and lab is already making an impact on School of Nursing programs, said Jean Ellen Zavertnik, the school’s simulation director.

The studio and lab serves as an additional space for nursing simulations, which train nurses for different scenarios they will face as nurses. The situations are controlled by faculty and provide a safe place for nurses to practice and receive input on their performance, Zavertnik said.

With the new space, Zavertnik can schedule more simulations, which are increasingly key to a student’s educational experience, she said.

“Hospitals and other nursing employers want nurses who are well-prepared and ready to contribute,” she said. “The School of Nursing already has a good reputation for equipping our students with the skills needed to provide quality nursing care, and increasing the amount of simulation experiences only makes our graduates more prepared and marketable.”

The studio and lab space has been part of the Edwards Hall since the building opened in 1977, Havice said. It has been used as a studio for live, one-way, satellite video distribution by HEHD and Clemson’s Public Service Activities to record and distribute video content such as lectures and presentations in support of distance education.

The newest renovations are a collaborative effort for Clemson’s Telecommunications Office, the School of Nursing, and the College of HEHD, Havice said. The studio and lab space also serves as a satellite site for Clemson Broadcast Productions.

To reserve the studio and lab space, please contact Linda McGee at (864) 656-3310 or