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College of Nursing Clinical Simulation

Through a partnership with University of Colorado Hospital, the Clinical Education Center is able to provide students with the opportunity to engage in electronic medical records using the Elsevier Simulation Learning System (SLS). The addition of a Care Fusion Pyxis machine to immolate electronic medication dispensing into the undergraduate clinical education is going to allow students the best practices in safe medication practices.

The two main competencies we are looking for throughout this experience are professionalism and patient safety. If you are professional and safe, the rest we will teach you along the way.

Simulation Lab Locations

  • Education 1 Building on the Anschutz Medical Campus
  • An additional simulation lab is located at the CU South Denver campus

Simulation Lab Volunteers

The Clinical Education Center Simulation Suite is offering students the opportunity to volunteer in a simulation; students can only participate in a simulation for courses they have completed. Volunteers play the role of a family member, friend, or significant other during simulations – scripted responses are provided. Including the role of a family member in a simulated learning environment provides opportunity to enhance and practice communication skills for all students involved.

Simulation Lab FAQs

 How is simulation scheduled?

Simulation scheduling is course specific and is radomized scheduling of students


 What if I need to change my scheduled simulation time?

If you have the need to change your scheduled simulation time after the time is confirmed, you will need to find a classmate who is willing to swap times.


 What if there is an emergency and I can’t make my scheduled simulation time?

If there is a true emergency on the day of your simulation, call the simulation suite at 303-724-4731. If no one answers, leave a message including your phone number. We will check the phone throughout the day. Please do not use this number other than on your scheduled day. The phone is not checked on a regular basis, making it not a reliable contact unless we are planning on being in the simulation area that day. Please do not attempt to contact simulation faculty at other contact numbers, as we will not be in our offices during the day of your simulation. Realize that this is similar to missing a clinical time and will be handled in the same manner by course faculty.


 What do I need to wear?

You should be dressed ready for clinicals in your scrubs, according to college dress code. Bring items you would bring to your clinical setting (watch, stethoscope, etc.)


 What time do I need to be there?

You will need to arrive on time to the 5th floor Simumation Suite or 3rd floor Clinical Education Center as indicated on the simulation schedule.  Chronic tardiness is an unprofessional behavior thus resulting in a simulation failure. Please be on time so that the student group can begin promptly as scheduled.


 What do I need to bring?

Please bring any items you would bring to your clinicals, including a watch with a second hand, a stethoscope and a pen light.  A pencil will also come in handy as our mannequins are all allergic to ink.  You will also have available any simulation preparation as required by the course example: the CEC/Sim Workbook, Careplan tool, medication cards.  If you have questions as to the assigned preparation, please refer to the simulation preparation under the course name.


 Can I fail simulation?

While the purpose of this simulation is to provide you a learning opportunity and guided debriefing – It is absolutely essential to be present physically and engaged mentally as part of your overall clinical performance. We have the same expectations as we do of you in the clinical setting. The two main competencies we are looking for throughout this experience are professionalism and patient safety. If you are professional and safe, the rest we will teach you along the way. If we have concerns regarding your performance, we will speak to you immediately after debriefing and contact your course coordinator. Examples of expectations around professionalism are listed below. Deviation from below will result in a failure in simulation which equals a 3 point reduction in the course grade.

  • Dress in appropriate attire based on CON clinical dress code in the student handbook
  • Demonstrate respectful attitude, respect of timeliness, and inter-professional respect.  
  • Attendance is expected. No call – no show is not accepted.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with  instructors using clear, concise, and complete communication techniques
  • Adapt communication style (verbal and nonverbal) appropriately to situation, staff members,  instructor, patient and family
  • Understand course competencies for clinical hours and seek assistance as needed to ensure safe patient care
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of social media guidelines in the clinical setting.
  • Follow HIPAA guidelines to protect patient confidentiality. 
  • Use cell phone in an appropriate manner according to facility policy. (You may bring your cell phone with you to clinical, however, no cell phone use will be allowed in the clinical area).

 Where do I go for simulation?

You will be completing your simulation in Education Building 1. The location of your simulation will be listed on the schedule. You are to arrive either in the Clinical Education Center which is located in Ed I, room 3101 or in the CON Simulation Suite located in Ed I, room 5402.  Some simulations are held in the Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE) which is located in Ed I, 4th floor (south end of the building). Please note where your simulation will be held on the schedule.


 What do I need to do to prepare for simulation?

Being up-to-date with your course readings and content will be beneficial for the simulation experience. You will be caring for a patient as you would in a clinical setting. Your patient might require basic foundational skills, thus review of these might come in handy. If your course requires additional reading prior to simulation, these documents will be available to you via the simulation preparation page on this site. Please make sure to view the video orientation to the CEC/Sim experience. It provides important information regarding the mannequin, supplies and equipment.