The College of Nursing has been providing opportunities for students to practice skills since the early 1960’s in various degrees of task training and simulation. In 2015, the Clinical Simulation and Learning Center (CSLC) was formally established in order to provide students with some of the best possible real-world training simulations in the country.
Today, the CSLC is provisionally accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has three full-time faculty members who are each SSIH—certified simulation healthcare educators.
Some examples of the College's ongoing commitment to improve the student practice opportunities include: (1) five classrooms and five exam/competency rooms dedicated to simulation; (2) two, fully-equipped simulation suites constructed in 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).
CSLC quick facts:
- Approximately 10,000 square feet on the 4th floor of the College of Nursing
- Used by undergraduate, graduate and interprofessional students
- Three simulation faculty, two simulation support staff and five undergraduate course lab faculty
- High-fidelity simulators: five adult, two obstetric, two adolescent, one infant, one newborn
- Equipment: 13 motion-recorded cameras, 29 computers with access to SCM training, Pyxis Unit, Hill-Rom Nurse Call, specialized task trainer mannequins.
- Rooms: #413 seats 15; #102 seats 20; #401 and #403 seat 30 each and can be combined to accommodate 60; #407 seats 60.
- 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).