Clinical Learning Center
The Clinical Learning Center provides unparalleled learning resources for nursing students. From a Skills Lab for honing basic skills to a state of the art, high fidelity mannequin that replicates real medical situations, this environment enables students to apply their in-depth knowledge of nursing theory in a safe and supportive environment.
The Clinical Learning Center is comprised of 5 main areas: Nursing Skills Lab, Physical Assessment Lab, Simulation Room, Control Room, and a Debriefing Room. Learn more about each of these areas through the information provided below. For technical specification, visit the School of Nursing IT Clinical Learning Center Technology page.
Nursing Skills Lab
With 11 bedside care areas, the Nursing Skills Lab allows students to practice and hone their skills prior to client/patient contact. Learning tools in the lab include:
- Patient lift system for demonstrating/practicing safe patient maneuvers and body mechanics
- Inventory of IV infusion pumps, PCA pumps, and cardiac rhythm simulators that help students increase their knowledge of and familiarity with medical technology
- A computer to provide website access to additional resources
Physical Assessment Lab
The Physical Assessment Lab is home to 7 “examination rooms.” These rooms replicate the traditional exam rooms that students are likely to find in both their clinical placement experience and in their future practice as nurses. Each room includes:
- An exam table
- Diagnostic instruments
- Physical examination equipment
- Examination lamps
- Handwashing sink
- Ethernet connections
- Teaching aides (e.g. simulators, models, charts)
Rooms F and G have moveable wall panels that can be pushed aside to convert the two rooms into one small demonstration area. For teaching purposes, room F also has a whiteboard.
The Simulation Room is designed as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with one patient, Sim Man. Sim Man is a high-fidelity mannequin with the following features that enable students to develop their assessment, critical thinking, and clinical judgment skills:
- Lung, bowel, and hear sounds
- Palpable bilateral femoral pulses
- Brachial, radial, and carotid pulses
- Blood pressure training arm
- IV training arm
Because of the sophisticated technology used to create Sim Man, students have the opportunity to practice and perfect fundamental nursing skills before ever meeting a patient. These skills include:
- Wound care
- Urinary catheterization care
- Tracheotomy care
- Establishing an IV
- Chest tube insertion
- Shocking of the heart
Relying on all of these elements, faculty create scenarios - or simulations - that mimic common real-life medical situations. These simulations are then coded and the data is entered into the simulation software, turning Sim Man into a patient with symptoms looking for a diagnosis.
Located next to the Simulation Room is the Control Room which houses the technology used to create and run simulations. Additionally, this room is equipped with one-way glass which allows faculty to observe students as they participate in the simulation without the students seeing and being distracted by their presence. Faculty can also film and record students running simulations for later and more in-depth review as the rooms are equipped with camera and microphones
For the technology specifications of the Simulation and Control Rooms, visit the School of Nursing IT Clinical Learning Center Technology page.
The Debriefing Room provides a space where students can come together with their faculty instructor after running a simulation or to observe their colleagues in simulation. This space includes traditional teaching materials such as a projector, a white board, and a round table with chairs to facilitate dialogue and collective analysis.
Lab Office Hours
Monday- Friday: 8am-12:30pm, 1:30-5pm
Services Provided by the Clinical Learning Center
Lab Equipment Loan
Diagnostic equipment is available for overnight loan on availability basis only. Equipment may not be reserved in advance or removed from the center without proper checkout from staff or faculty. For details, see the short term equipment loan policy.
Videos/DVDs cannot be reserved in advances, and must be viewed in the School of Nursing Building only. Staff in Room 1225 or 1221 can assist with loan.
Clinical Learning Center Personnel
|Michelle Aebersold, RN, PhD||Director of the Clinical Learning Center|
(faculty appointment: Clinical Assistant Professor)
|Betsy Cambridge, BSN, RN |
(734) 936-3631, Room 1183
|Instructional Learning Intermediate|
(734) 936-1410, Room 1121
|Jill Van Singel |
|Instructional Learning Intermediate|