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Nursing students start with simulation from the first week of classes, gaining immediate exposure to clinical experiences, which allows them to practice assessment skills and develop clinical judgment. Simulation is utilized in both pre-licensure and graduate curricula, empowering students to become active participants in the learning process. Using actual patient situations, students make rounds and develop priorities in care, ultimately gaining an advanced understanding of patient interaction and clinical experiences.

Clinical Learning Center

The VCU School of Nursing’s Clinical Learning Center is a specialized, state-of-the-art facility capable of simulating a variety of learning environments for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Named a Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence in early 2010, the 9,000-square-foot space is the largest central simulation center in a school of nursing in Virginia, featuring 44 patient areas with physical exam tables and hospital beds. CLC staff run the simulators, allowing faculty to focus on instructing students.

The center boasts multiple high-fidelity computerized human simulators, both adult and pediatric, as well as more basic task trainers used for teaching specific skills. Specialty capabilities include Virtual I.V. computer stations with intravenous insertion arms for I.V. starts and blood drawing, central venous catheter simulator and ear and eye exam simulators. The center also hosts an audio-visual classroom that can seat more than 40 students.

For more information, visit the Clinical Learning Center website.