Clinical Simulation Learning Center

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Our high-tech Clinical Simulation Learning Center provides undergraduate students a location to transfer knowledge from theory to practice and graduate students an environment to practice advanced health assessment skills.

The simulation manikins have the ability to mimic a number of real-life human processes. As well as simulating human processes, the manikins represent diverse populations and are also multi-generational. They are male and female and are of different ethnic backgrounds. The manikins’ life stages range from infant to adult.

The wide diversity in the manikins mimics what is represented in our communities. The idea is to simulate the patient population that we will be taking care of. The more real we can make the simulation, the better. It helps students problem solve and interact on a different level with their patients.

The idea is to simulate the patient population that we will be taking care of.

The School of Nursing has a total of 15 manikins. Three are high-fidelity manikins that breathe, talk and have slight movements. With these manikins, students have the ability to listen to a number of realistic body sounds, take pulses and perform injections. Six Vita-Sim medium fidelity manikins have the ability to communicate and interact but are not as life-like as the high-fidelity manikins. In addition, six static manikins do not communicate and are available strictly for practicing specific tasks.

All of these manikins are useful for hands-on training that prepares students for clinical settings, allowing them to learn from their mistakes without endangering real patients and preparing them to enter a culturally and medically complex profession. We follow national standards in simulation pedagogy, with certified simulation educators, and all faculty teaching in the Clinical Simulation Learning Center have had professional simulation training.

Students practice tracheostomy care in the Simulation Lab
Student and nurse in simulation lab student using stethoscope on baby simulator

The Clinical Simulation Learning Center is located at:

The School of Nursing
Augustus Storrs Hall, Room WW17
231 Glenbrook Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4026

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For more information:

Valorie MacKenna, Ph.D., RN, CNE, CHSE
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director of Simulation-Based Education
valorie.mackenna@uconn.edu