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The Health Affairs Mobile Unit, a customized 40-foot recreational vehicle that is used as a mobile classroom, traveling down a highway.

On the Road, Again

Its national tour of duty over, the Health Affairs Mobile Unit now enables us to expand our service and outreach mission to South Dakota and the surrounding region, providing health care experiences for our students.

In early 2012, the School of Health Sciences’ Department of Nursing acquired a customized 40-foot recreational vehicle (RV) for use as a mobile classroom. It possessed simulation training opportunities and served USD’s nursing students and others in rural and underserved areas in six western states.

Inside, the 26,000-pound RV contained a fully functioning simulated patient room, a control room and a debrief/meeting room. Onboard equipment allowed USD’s team of instructors to run high fidelity simulations at remote locations, offering students and training participants the same learning opportunities offered by one of USD’s state-of-the-art simulation labs located on the Vermillion and Sioux Falls campuses.

This high-tech vehicle was originally intended to fulfill the conditions of a grant from the federal Department of Labor that utilized USD nursing’s mission to populate rural areas of the country with skilled nursing professionals, taking it to locations in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona. During that time, the vehicle made 20 trips to far-flung locations throughout its regional assignment area. 

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