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Center for Clinical Education (CCE)

Center for Clinical Education (CCE)

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The goal of the Center for Clinical Education (CCE) is to provide a safe learning experience that promotes successful understanding in all aspects of health care. The CCE faculty, staff and administration are here to make the student’s clinical experience educational and enlightening and to serve in the best interest of the student. Simulations and case scenarios are designed to help the student develop problem-solving and decision making skills. The Center for Clinical Education (CCE) will attempt to include all environmental factors to make the students’ learning experience realistic and authentic. For enhanced learning, all students are expected to come to the lab prepared. The faculty will provide students with positive feedback and debriefing of their performance, while students will self-analyze their performance and use critical thinking during the reflection process.

The following guidelines maintain safety while using the CCE. It is expected that all involved in classrooms, clinical skills and simulation activities will adhere to these guidelines. The JoAnne McGrath School of Nursing faculty will review and approve any updates to the contents of the Student CCE Handbook annually, and as needed.

All students, staff and faculty will be advised of these revisions.


General information

The Center for Clinical Education (CCE) is located on the second floor of the Alexia Hall building. Located within the CCE are the Clinical Learning Center (CLC) and the Clinical Simulation Center (CSC). The Center for Clinical Education (CCE) simulates a hospital setting that is fully equipped to practice clinical skills. The CCE is equipped with a variety of static simulators, high fidelity simulators, and various skills aids for the development of nursing skills.


Clinical Learning Center (CLC)

Course skills validations are completed within the Clinical Learning Center (CLC). Once mastery of skills has been accomplished through student preparation, instruction, and active practice, students are required to demonstrate their mastery of selected nursing skills as per course requirements. Students are encourage to access the CLC for early and frequent practice of skills. Once prepared students will self-schedule an appointment for the demonstration of competence. Scheduling and cancellations should be performed in accordance to the guidelines defined in the Student CCE Handbook.


Within the Clinical Learning Center (CLC) are five clinical exam rooms designed and equipped for the performance of physical assessments of patients in a private and secure environment. Clinical exam rooms are equipped with audio/visual recording of student performance for faculty and student assessment and feedback. Located within the CLC is one Home Care Studio simulation environment. This environment is intended to simulate a home care environment for students to practice the unique skills in caring for patients in a community setting. This environment is also equipped with audio/visual recording capabilities for faculty and student assessment and feedback.


Hours of Operation

CLC is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:00 am – 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; weekend college Saturday only 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; and CLOSED on Sundays.


Contact Information:

Center for Clinical Education Manager

Lesa Krawczyk 1(414) 382- 6288

Clinical Learning Center

Front Office 1 (414) 382-6375

Simulation Coordinator

Annette Ries 1(414) 382-6404

Clinical Simulation Center (CSC)

The Clinical Simulation Center (CSC), which is across from the CLC within the CCE, is designed with four high fidelity simulation rooms to mimic unique hospital settings. These unique hospital settings include two medical/surgical rooms, one birthing suite/pediatric room, and one trauma/ICU room. The center has two high fidelity adult simulators, one high fidelity adult simulator with advanced capabilities, one high fidelity birthing simulator, one high fidelity Newborn simulator, and one high fidelity Pediatric simulator. Each room is equipped with portable electronic health record units for electronic documentation of patient medical records. A portable Med-Dispense system is available in each room that stores simulated medications for administration during simulations involving barcoded medication delivery.


Each simulation room within the Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) has an adjoining pre-briefing/ debriefing room for students to view live or recorded simulation audio/visual data as part of performance, debriefing, and/or assessment purposes. Each room is equipped with computer, whiteboard, and display monitor for students to use a variety of recorded or live media to enhance their experiential learning experience.


High fidelity simulated experiences are intended to enhance student learning, simulate clinical situations, and prepare them for direct patient care. In the event of missed time in the clinical rotation environment, faculty can request the student perform high fidelity simulated clinical experiences within the simulation center. Clinical faculty will submit a request form per policy. The Simulation Coordinator will work with the clinical faculty and the student to satisfy the needed clinical rotation make up time. Faculty can also request additional high fidelity simulation experiences for students in need of additional learning opportunities to enhance specific knowledge, clinical reasoning, and/or psychomotor skill development. The Simulation Coordinator will work with the requesting faculty, course coordinator, and the student to provide the needed learning experience for the student once the request has been submitted.

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