Clinical Learning Lab

The Nursing Clinical Learning Lab (CLL) is a simulated clinical environment for you to practice the application of nursing theory as an undergraduate nursing student. The lab is an essential bridge between classroom learning and real-world nursing practice and is outfitted with real clinical supplies and equipment. Outside of course-related sessions, the CLL is available for independent, self-directed student practice. 

 group of spu student nurses

The CLL is approximately 4500 square feet of teaching and learning space that provides students and faculty with hands-on, interactive learning opportunities. The CLL features four different learning spaces: 

  • 8-bed skills training classroom with didactic space and adjacent medication room 
  • Flex training classroom with didactic space and 5 clinic exam tables 
  • Simulated clinic exam room 
  • Simulation suite with two simulation rooms, a medication/supply room, a control room, and a debriefing room 

Once you are admitted to the Nursing program as an undergraduate, you will use the CLL within your practicum courses. Students in the undergraduate program primarily use the skills training classroom and the simulation suite. Each quarter, practicum courses focus on different skills associated with the course objectives for that quarter, which build on the skills learned in previous quarters. The CLL is a place for you to practice application of nursing theory. Through your practice, you will learn skills such as:

  • Basic patient care and mobility (principles of hygiene, use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or canes) 
  • Comprehensive and focused physical assessment skills 
  • Medication administration (oral, topical, inhaled, intravenous, and more) 
  • IV therapy and vascular access management 
  • Sterile technique 
  • Urinary catheter insertion and maintenance 

Equipment

The Skills Training Classroom features: 

  • Didactic learning space with integrated classroom technology 
  • 8 Hillrom™ hospital beds 
  • Functional headwalls 
  • Medication and supply room with Pyxis™ MedStation™ ES automated drug-dispensing unit  
  • Emergency crash cart with defibrillator and suction 
  • Mobile laptop workstations 
  • Alaris™ Infusion Pumps 
  • Welch Allyn Connex® 6400 Vital Signs Monitors 
  • Kangaroo™ ePump Enteral Feeding Pumps 
  • Multiple low- and mid-fidelity manikins and task trainers 

The Simulation Suite features: 

  • One simulated hospital room with functional headwall 
  • One simulated flex room 
  • Medication and supply room with Pyxis™ MedStation™ ES 2-drawer automated drug-dispensing unit 
  • Control room with large screen TV/monitor and 2 desktop computers 
  • Debrief room with large screen TV for AV playback of recorded events 
  • Integrated audiovisual (AV) recording system in both simulated clinical rooms and medication and supply room 
  • Two high-fidelity human patient simulators (HPS), including a Laerdal SimMan® Essential and a Laerdal SimMom®
female spu student learning in nursing school lab

Why I Teach at SPU

Emily Kelly, Director, Nursing Clinical Learning Lab

“I teach at SPU because I am excited about the opportunity to mentor and inspire a new generation of nurses. Many of my own undergraduate nursing professors here at SPU profoundly impacted both my personal and my professional growth; their investment in my learning inspires me to do the same for the next generation of nurses.”

Screenshot of Dr. Lori Wild from the tour of the new SHS building video

Tour the SHS Building

Take a look inside and tour the facilities with Lorie Wild, former dean. The School of Health Sciences has moved to the 6 Nickerson Building on the east end of campus, a redesigned building with state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for our nursing students.