The School of Nursing CLC is an active-learning space consisting of simulation suites and skills labs designed to enhance learning experiences for nursing and health care students. This center offers an array of teaching-learning resources such as sophisticated human patient simulators, experiences with standardized patients (patient actors), procedure task trainers, and skills equipment. With over 9,000 square feet of convertible space, the CLC can support classroom-style and skills/simulation set-ups. Simulation rooms are outfitted with audio-video capabilities, including recording and livestreaming. The CLC provides a tiered- level of support for internal and external clients, ranging from space rental to educational workshops, and expert consultation in designing, facilitating, and evaluating clinical learning activities and health care- simulations.
Undergraduate students learn and practice technical skills such as physical assessment, medication administration and patient care procedures in the center’s skills labs. As students progress through the program, additional skills that relate to the patient population they are studying and caring for in the clinical area are practiced in the Clinical Learning Center.
Simulation-based learning is integrated in both the graduate and undergraduate programs, and is carefully planned to address the specific learning needs and objectives in each course.
The Clinical Learning Center includes three simulation suites with control rooms behind one-way mirrors. High-fidelity patient simulators such as Laerdal’s Sim-Man 3G,
Sim-Baby and Sim-Mom are used to support realistic patient experiences. There are also a number of flexible spaces that are easily converted to a variety of healthcare settings such as residential/home health and community based settings.
A hallmark of our clinical educational experience is the interdisciplinary collaboration with students from other disciplines such as medicine and pharmacy in the simulation environment. VCU School of Nursing students participate in clinical experiences at VCU Health System as well as other prominent healthcare systems, allowing for a variety of opportunities that support learning about teamwork, collaboration, and quality and safety in patient care.