Emory Nursing Learning Center

For more information or to discuss giving opportunities, contact Alison Thompson at 470-561-2964 or alison.m.thompson@emory.edu.


Reimagine the Future

Since 1905, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) has evolved from a small training program in a fifty-bed hospital to an internationally renowned school that now enrolls more than 1,000 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students each year.

Alumni and donors have been instrumental in helping accomplish the school’s mission—educating visionary nursing leaders and scholars; generating and applying knowledge; and transforming nursing, health, and systems of health care within local and global communities.

NHWSN is expanding its footprint and renovating 70,000 square feet in Decatur, Ga. to become the Emory Nursing Learning Center. The $20.6M expansion will include a state-of-the-art simulation and skills lab, which will provide experiential and immersive learning for students, and the Emory Nursing Experience, a program for continuing professional education in partnership with Emory Healthcare Nursing.

Support for this project will help ensure that NHWSN remains a leader in nursing education.

“Our vision for the Emory Nursing Learning Center is to help meet the complex, chaotic, and quickly changing needs of patients, families, clinical settings, and health care systems that rely on nurses who can make fast-but-effective decisions, contribute to teams, communicate well and mitigate errors,” Dean Linda McCauley said. “I’m very excited to see this cutting-edge facility take shape and expand our services beyond campus and traditional sites.”

Donors can name state-of-the-art simulation rooms, skills labs, a home lab, debrief rooms, a simulated nursing station, a media and recording studio, classrooms, conference rooms, a student commons area, and an innovation hub.


stairs on first floor

Located near downtown Decatur, the Emory Nursing Learning Center will transform today’s nursing student experience.  The student commons lobby area will be a big, bright, and open gathering space, featuring a prominent community staircase and digital wall that stretches up to the second floor.

home lab living room

At the top of the stairs will be the innovation hub, a space to nurture new ideas and serve as a springboard for innovation, helping us meet rising health care challenges of a growing and complex population. This floor also includes flexible classrooms, which will incorporate the latest in interactive technology. 

A home lab will allow students to experience realistic home care-based simulations that emphasize the patient care and therapeutic communication skills needed to support patients and their caretakers.

skills lab

Simulation-based learning allows students to practice and master both basic and advanced clinical skills, techniques, and procedures. Through simulation, students learn to think critically in complex situations, communicate effectively with patients and health care teams, and manage rapidly changing situations in real-time.

The Simulation area with a labor and delivery suite, operating room, and three additional high-fidelity rooms will allow for multiple virtual care scenarios. Each room will be equipped with the most current technologies and human patient simulators.

A four-bed bay area will replicate a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) for post-operative recovery, an infusion center for chemotherapy, a neonatal intensive care area, or a trauma bay. 

The skills labs with 26 bed spaces will allow students to practice procedural skills and conduct complex patient scenarios using manikins or standardized patients (actors trained to play the role of a patient). Twelve exam rooms will simulate the outpatient setting and are designed to teach and evaluate students’ history taking, physical examination, and communication skills.

fourth floor lounge

The Emory Nursing Experience (ENE) is a professional development partnership between Emory Healthcare Nursing Education and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing to provide quality, continuing nursing education (CNE) activities that meet learner needs in the dynamic health care environment. The ENE continues to grow and will occupy the fourth floor of the building. The ENE space includes classrooms, conference rooms and a studio.


For more information or to discuss giving opportunities, contact Alison Thompson at 470-561-2964 or alison.m.thompson@emory.edu.