At Franciscan University, we are working to infuse opportunities for engaged learning throughout the student experience. Unlike most universities, we are constantly experimenting with new ways to provide students with meaningful engagement with the community, experiential learning, and cross-disciplinary inquiry, to provide a unique, innovative, and truly Franciscan educational experience.
Service-learning—an educational experience in which students learn from and reflect upon participation in meaningful community service— is required of all students, reflecting the University’s Franciscan values. Service-learning is successfully used at the University in both traditional and clinically-based classroom settings and has earned national recognition. The University provides service-learning opportunities to students through relationships with over 120 community partners in 17 different parishes.
Our Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital, known as the SETH, is a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab where students practice their clinical skills and interprofessional collaboration in a safe, controlled environment. Simulations are taught in multiple labs that imitate various clinical settings and utilize life-like mannequins and standardized patients (volunteers trained to mimic a real patient). The goal of the SETH is to foster interdisciplinary learning that will improve students’ critical-thinking and applied-thinking skills, and also reduce errors in a clinical context.
Every spring, in collaboration with local disaster preparation experts, the University holds a campus-wide disaster simulation.
Funded by a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Anatomage Table, a virtual gross-anatomy simulation device, teaches students about anatomy without the use of an actual cadaver. The Anatomage Table is used to enhance the anatomical and physiological content of students’ learning and offers an expansive library of digital human cadavers that show images of the body similar to what is seen in an X-ray, Medical CT, CBCT or MRI scan. We are one of three institutions in the state of Louisiana to own an Anatomage Table.
Anesthesia Skills and Simulation Lab is approximately 1800 square feet and adjoins the dedicated nurse anesthesia classroom. The lab has recently undergone a large renovation to include the addition of a control room with new audio and visual video equipment. The lab also has recently added two new Laerdal SimMan full body high fidelity simulators and two GE Healthcare Aisys anesthesia machines. The new equipment joins existing simulation equipment to include: one Laerdal SimBaby high fidelity simulator, one Laerdal SimJunior high fidelity simulator, two anesthesia machines, three neuraxial anesthesia task trainers, two arterial line task trainers, three central line task trainers with ultrasound capabilities, one femoral nerve block task trainer, one ultrasound machine, ten intubation task trainers and two flexible fiberoptic scope, ultrasound IV insertion trainers, and two McGrath enhanced direct laryngoscopes.
The Anesthesia Skills and Simulation Lab is solely used by nurse anesthesia students. Students use the lab throughout their educational experience to include a dedicated 16 week Skills and Simulation course during the fourth semester of the program.
Sarah Deyo, Physician Assistant (PA) program director at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, was recognized at the Physician Assistant Education Association's 2017 Education Forum with the New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence. Deyo graduated from Our Lady of the Lake College's PA program in May 2009 and went on to practice in the pediatric emergency room as a PA at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital before joining the faculty in 2015.
Faculty and students at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University are using research, teaching and service programs to address the many issues and opportunities facing our local aging population – including using a recently acquired grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to teach computer classes to area seniors.
The Baton Rouge District Nurses Association honored several Our Lady of the Lake College nursing faculty with awards for their excellence in nursing, their professionalism and for encouraging the development of fellow nurses.