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, which 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. Learning Resources also includes support for 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 also 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.

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 the opportunity 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 can monitor and direct simulation sessions from the  control  room; the area also contains four debriefing rooms where students may see live feeds or review saved sessions.
  • Two computer classrooms are dedicated to classroom teaching and simulation.
  • The classroom is equippped with powered tables, Internet access, and an instructor/presenter podium capable of displaying presentations.