Resource Center for Innovation in Clinical Nursing Education

Learning Lab

Take a virtual tour through the Jean Johnson Schaefer (BSN, 1950) Resource Center for Innovation in Clinical Nursing Education (RCICNE). This state-of-the-art learning lab is one component of the Learning Resources department that supports the teaching and learning mission of the school. The multimedia resource center provides computerized patient care simulations using simulators in a learning environment where nursing students, under the guidance of nursing professors, have the opportunity to

  • Work in a realistic but non-threatening laboratory
  • Become familiar with instruments and equipment
  • Gain experience in recognizing problems
  • Develop decision-making skills
  • Refine patient care techniques to better prepare for participation in actual patient care experience
Learning Resources

Resources in the RCICNE include audiovisual materials, computers, reserve readings, equipment, and supplies necessary for teaching and learning selected nursing roles and skills. The Learning Resources Department also supports instructional design, online and distance-accessible courses, audio/visual, and other educational technologies for faculty and staff within the school. The RCICNE staff includes a simulation coordinator who works with faculty and students during simulation experiences and collaborates with interdisciplinary staff at The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall, a facility jointly operated by Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University School of Nursing, and Indiana University Health. The lab facilitator and lab coordinator assist students and faculty in the skills area with manikins, equipment, and supplies. They also assist faculty and the simulation coordinator during simulations.

Lab Areas

The facility is divided into five distinct areas as described below. Review an image of the RCICNE floor plan.

  • The flex space (the traditional skills lab area) offers 10 patient stations, manikins, beds, and equipment simulating a hospital environment. Students have opportunities to practice procedures from catheterization to cardiac monitoring using a plethora of manikins and equipment.
  • An examination area, containing six fully outfitted examination rooms, is used primarily for physical assessment classes.
  • A simulation area, capable of capturing each learning session, allows students to practice hands-on critical care procedures for acute illness while faculty and lab technicians monitor and direct simulation sessions from the  control  room. The area contains four debriefing rooms where students may view live feeds of simulations or review saved sessions.
  • Two computer classrooms are dedicated to classroom teaching and simulation.
  • The classroom is equipped with powered tables, Internet access, and an instructor/presenter podium capable of displaying presentations.