Clinical Simulation and Learning Center

The Clinical Simulation and Learning Center (CSLC), which opened in 2001, has a proud history of providing students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as other health professionals in the community, with exceptional hands-on bedside practice. Students and nursing staff alike are equipped with skills that make for a seamless transition to a clinical care setting.

Composed of five classrooms and five competency rooms, the CSLC added fully equipped simulation suites in 2008 through a partnership with UK HealthCare. The most recent simulation room, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) room, was added in 2016 when Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) realized a need for a new NICU. KCH turned to its partners at the College of Nursing to again build a mock patient room to save construction costs and give students a new pediatric learning opportunity.

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).