Experiential Learning Center
The Experiential Learning Center, or ELC, is located in Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus. Twenty hospital beds set the stage for student nurses to learn, practice, and refine nursing skills in a friendly environment. ELC personnel include registered nurses who are available on a scheduled basis for assistance.
The center is equipped with 21 life-sized adult manikins, four pediatric manikins, and 12 infants for simulated patient care. Additionally, the high-fidelity simulation lab has three computer-enhanced manikins for increased reality. IV training arms, catheterization models, and other training models are available for specific training goals.
To request equipment for check-out or to reserve labs, complete the ELC Lab, Equipment, and Supply Reservation Request Form and return to the ELC staff via email or submit it to a lab staff member. Please allow 2 weeks advance notice. You will receive an email back notifying you if the request is approved or if the item is already in use during the time you request.
Students: you do NOT need to complete the form to receive your regular kits for lab classes; the form is for the use of items for community or other projects.
Faculty and Staff: please complete the form for items to be taken out of the labs or for scheduling the labs outside of regularly scheduled laboratory classes.
The ELC is considered a clinical site and the standards of care and dress are maintained accordingly. Students work in clinical groups with instructors in patient care simulation scenarios which integrate theory, technical skills, and critical thinking exercises. Open labs outside of regularly scheduled class time are offered for those who desire extra practice, and students may also arrange extra time with a member of the lab staff or student mentor for additional assistance.
Computer access in the lab allows students and faculty to use CD-ROMs, DVDs, and Internet links to enhance learning and refine assessment skills. All computers also access the electronic health record system.
A wide assortment of supplies are provided to students for experiences outside of the lab environment, including home visits and teaching projects. Some examples include foot care, baby scales, community health assessment equipment, otoscopes, and developmental assessment tools.
Open Labs For Low-Mid Fidelity Labs
Open lab time is available for specific classes on specific days and times. Mentors are scheduled for assistance as they are available; not every open lab will have a mentor.
Open lab schedules are located on BlackBoard under NURS LAB CALENDAR and are limited to space available in each lab. To reserve a space in an open lab, email to a lab staff member. Be sure to specifiy which class, which lab room, and the date and time requested in the email. A confirmation email will be sent once the reservation is confirmed.
High Fidelity Simulation
High Fidelity Simulation (HFS) provides opportunities for students to experience and practice life-like scenarios with computerized manikins. Click here to view HFS orientation videos.
Open Labs for the High Fidelity Simulation Lab
Open lab hours for the Hifi lab are sent at the beginning of each term via email to students and faculty. For questions, contact Chris Kahle, Simulation Operations Manager, at email@example.com.
Health Passport and Clinical Requirements
Official documentation of background check, health/immunization records, and specific training modules are required to participate in clinical experiences. In addition, clinical sites have specific requirements for students and faculty assigned to those particular facilities. Contact Alex Asbury, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance with health passport and clinical requirements.
Volunteering in the ELC
Nurses in the community are welcome to volunteer in the lab to gain skills in clinical and lab instruction prior to applying for adjunct faculty positions. A criminal background check is required along with completion of the Volunteer Application. Contact Joyce Betita, RN, MSN/Ed, ELC Director, at email@example.com for further information.