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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. 

The CSLC is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has four full-time faculty members who are each SSH—certified simulation healthcare educators. 

Some examples of the College's ongoing commitment to improving the student practice opportunities include: (1) six 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.

CSLC quick facts

  • Approximately 10,000 square feet on the 4th floor of the College of Nursing
  • Used by pre-nursing, undergraduate, graduate, and interprofessional students
  • Eight simulation faculty, two simulation support staff, and five undergraduate course lab faculty
  • High-fidelity simulators: four adult, two obstetric, two adolescent, one infant, one newborn
  • Equipment: 10 motion-recorded cameras, Hill-Rom Nurse Call, specialized task trainer mannequins
  • Rooms: #413A seats 15; #613B seats 14; #401 and #403 seat 30 each and can be combined to accommodate 60; #407 seats 60, #404 seats 15
  • 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, digital electronic health records, etc.
  • Traditional nursing students participate in 19 hours of simulation during the undergraduate nursing program.  ABSN students participate in 17 hours of simulation during their accelerated nursing program.
  • Internal users: UKHC, College of Medicine, ACLS 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) as well as lab spaces for skills training

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