[Sponsored] Learn to heal, train to think

Sponsored by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU)


The hallway of the clinic is buzzing. In a room at the end of a long corridor, a woman cries out “I think I’m ready to push!” A strong nurse with a stern but friendly face acts quickly. She checks the patient, Victoria, and realizes her baby’s umbilical cord is wrapped around its neck. While keeping Victoria calm, the nurse carefully frees the baby and successfully delivers a new life into the world. This sounds like something from a television drama but it’s actually just an average day for students at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU).

When tensions are high and a life is at stake, medical professionals who have had the opportunity to engage with simulation technology perform better. The lessons that students learn from participating in simulated clinical environments, patient interactions, and even emergency drills, such as bioterrorism and active shooter scenarios, cannot come from a textbook.

Unlike most universities, FranU gives students new ways to engage meaningfully within their communities, learn through experience, and benefit from inter-professional collaboration. This provides graduates with a unique, innovative educational experience that makes them invaluable to their future teams and patients.


Professors like Tabitha Jones-Thomas, MSN, RN and director of Simulated Clinical Education, help prepare students of all disciplines for their future careers. Lessons are taught collaboratively to see that students regularly apply their textbook learning in live scenarios. They begin together in the debriefing room where students from nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory science, physical therapy and more, come together to discuss and work through real patient scenarios. Together, they work to find the cause, cure and preventative steps for each patient—just like in a real medical setting.


FranU’s Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital, or SETH, gives students the benefit of learning in an immersive and very realistic simulated clinical environment. Professors are able to observe and coach to each student’s individual skill set, diagnostic reasoning, and other required competencies. This provides students the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming a patient.

Located in the major medical corridor in Baton Rouge, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is a small, Catholic, not-for-profit institution offering degrees in nursing, health sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences and natural sciences. Visit franu.edu to learn more.