Student Support

Computer Lab, Skills and Simulation Labs

Nursing Skills Labs (1W112)

The Skills Labs are available, outside of scheduled class sessions, for independent practice and skills training by all nursing students. Between both rooms there are eight hospital beds, each equipped with wall-mounted oto/ophthalmoscopes, two VCRs with TV sets, four exam tables with wall-mounted oto/ophthalmoscopes, eight networked computer stations, and a variety of useable medical supplies, informational posters, and models. It is important to note that only equipment that is out and visible may be used by students practicing in the Labs. Students are not permitted to search for equipment in the cabinets and closets, but are instead asked to request help from the CERC desk, which may be reached from the telephone in room 1W307. The Skills Labs may be accessed during CERC hours only, and students may only enter having first checked in at the CERC desk with proper University ID. For more information regarding the use and conditions of the Skills Labs, please see the Skills Lab Usage Policy.

For information regarding the booking and reservation of the preceding rooms, please consult the CERC Facilities Booking page.

Clinical Simulation

Two sophisticated patient simulators that can mimic human medical conditions help students gain valuable clinical experience. They provide opportunities for student nurses to practice skills with life-like reactions, without risk.


Known as SimMan, these high-tech mannequins are programmed by faculty with patient health issues such as diabetes, breathing problems and cardiac arrest to provide student nurses with realistic scenarios to which they can respond.  For example, SimMan can be programmed for a cardiac arrest in which students must respond and intervene in a life-like simulation, complete with cardiac rhythms, oxygen saturation readings, and blood pressure.




We improve patient safety by simulating critical life-threatening experiences in the laboratory setting so the first time isn’t a real-life situation. Students learn to deal with anxiety, quick decision-making, and working as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Students are able to review a videotape of the scenario, review their actions, and reflect on what worked well and what could be improved. This allows the student to improve knowledge and skills while developing confidence. 



The School collaborates with nursing practice at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals to use this technology for student training, nursing orientation and continuing education.