The College of Nursing has provided opportunities for students to practice skills since the early 1960's. As healthcare has changed and to remain compliant with accreditation standards, the simulation environment has changed and evolved over the last 58 years. As a result, organization of the CSLC was formalized in 2015.
Some examples of the College's ongoing commitment to improve the learning opportunities include: (1) five classrooms and five exam/competency rooms; (2) two, fully-equipped simulation suites constructed in 2008 through a partnership with UK HealthCare; (3) a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) simulated room added in 2016 through a partnership with Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH).
Some quick facts:
- Approximately 10,000 square feet on the 4th floor of the College of Nursing.
- Used by undergraduate, graduate and interprofessional students.
- 3 simulation faculty, 2 simulation support staff and 5 undergraduate course lab faculty.
- High-fidelity simulators: 3 adult, 2 obstetric, 2 adolescent, 1 infant, 1 newborn.
- Equipment: 13 motion-recorded cameras, 29 computers with access to SCM training, Pyxis Unit, Hill-Rom Nurse Call, specialized task trainer mannequins.
- Replicas of adult acute care, intensive care and neonatal intensive care hospital rooms including: functional flowmeters, suction units, IV equipment, state of the art hospital beds, patient lifts, vital monitors, flat screen TVs, etc.
- Nursing students participate in 25 hours of simulation during the undergraduate nursing program.
- Internal users: UKHC, College of Medicine, ATLS Certification, SRNA training
- Simulations created for: medical-surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric, obstetric, leadership, high acuity, health assessment and fundamental nursing courses. Graduate students utilize standardized patients for objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).