The College’s Learning Resources Center (LRC) provides faculty with the necessary resources to teach essential nursing concepts and skills. The LRC is composed of a computer laboratory, clinical practice laboratory and simulation laboratory.
All clinical nursing courses at the CCN integrate advanced technologies during the teaching/learning process in order to meet individual course objectives. Technology utilized for each course includes multi-media classrooms, low, moderate, and high fidelity simulation where students participate in
in-depth simulation scenarios, mobile medical references for the classroom and clinical experiences, BlackBoard Learn – the Learning Management System for course delivery, laptops for testing and accessing unfolding case studies and online resources, Stryker hospital beds including critical care beds, Hospira and Alaris IV pumps, IV simulators, telehealth equipment and videoconferencing, and CAE Replay simulation recording platform.
Students practice on high fidelity patient simulators throughout their upper division courses starting with basic assessment in the first semester and finishing with highly complex scenarios in their last semester, putting all knowledge and analytical skills they’ve gained in the program to the test. Simulation supplements clinical experience allowing all of our students to be exposed to scenarios in the simulation center that they may miss otherwise. The Replay simulation recording platform records and streams video, audio, patient data and events during simulation scenarios. Students review and perform self-reflection of simulation scenarios during post-scenario debriefing sessions.
Clinical Practice Lab
Thirty-four Stryker hospital beds, Hospira Plum A+ and Alaris Smart IV pumps, and IV simulators give students hands on experience with high-tech equipment in a simulated hospital environment.
The 25-seat computer lab is located at CCN 2029, and is open to all students, 8:00-4:45 Monday-Friday, except when reserved for class or testing. Printing is available.
TeleHealth is playing a larger role in the future of health care, allowing health care providers to interact with patients in remote and underserved areas. Tele-conferencing equipment in each simulation room equipped with medical scope attachments allows students to gain experience examining patients in a home or rural clinic setting while consulting with a physician or assessing home health patients remotely. A heath care provider can also join the student via a teleconferencing robot to make hospital rounds with the simulated patients.
High Definition Video
Dual high definition projectors in our classrooms allow for greater detail and clarity when presenting medical materials to students. Faculty use HD video cameras to record simulations and demonstrations for training and learning modules. Students may use the same cameras to record projects.
Tegrity is a classroom capture software that allows students to view recordings of lectures for review or to study before exams. Recordings can be downloaded to mobile devices for convenient playback, as well as viewed at a computer.
Learning Management System
All CCN courses are either web supported or totally online. Course materials and testing are delivered through BlackBoard Learn. There are no longer any paper/pencil tests.
Students use their own laptops in class for accessing pertinent information, testing and note taking. Laptops are available for check-out for testing purposes, if needed. This allows CCN to maintain a smaller computer lab, leaving more space for clinical and simulation labs while making it possible for more than one course to test at a time. See minimum and recommended laptop specifications for CCN students.
Quiet Study Areas
Two quiet study rooms, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students, both with seating and workspace for individuals and small groups are available on the second floor.
Smartphones replace medical reference books allowing students easy access to information in the classroom or clinical setting. Most major platforms and devices are supported.
Broadband and Wireless
High speed connections throughout the building make all these data-intensive technologies possible and practical for the use of our students and faculty. Classrooms are equipped with network and power connections at every seat, including the flexible classrooms furnished with moveable tables and chairs. Wireless network coverage makes it possible to use handheld and laptop devices anywhere in the building.