The University of Illinois Clinical Learning Resource Center provides support services for graduate and undergraduate nursing students and other health professionals through simulation-based instruction, clinical laboratory experiences, and student services. The center, located in the UIC College of Nursing, offers state-of-the-art facilities where learners can apply knowledge, skills and attitudes in a safe simulated environment.
The experiential learning lab and clinical assessment and skills lab provide realistic experiences to prepare and assess learners using simulations in a variety of platforms, e.g. patient simulators, standardized patients, unfolding case studies and other methods. In addition, learners will have access to student support services for developing successful study habits and learning outcomes.
About the Center
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing includes the M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning Laboratory, the Clinical Assessment and Skills Lab as well as the Student Resource Room.
M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning Laboratory
The M. Christine Schwartz Experiential Learning Laboratory was opened in August 2014. The center is designed to give students hands-on clinical experience utilizing a variety of simulation activities including high and low fidelity mannequins, task trainers and standardized patients.
Our simulation rooms are fully equipped and can easily be converted for students at the beginning, intermediate and expert levels. Our collection of Adult, Obstetric, Pediatric, and Neonatal mannequins allow us to tailor scenarios for all levels and specialties.
Christine Schwartz earned her BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago Urbana Regional Campus, a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Science Degree from the College of Nursing at Northern Illinois University. She has served on the faculty of the college of nursing at Loyola University (Chicago, IL) and has advocated for advanced education for nurses by serving on the Dean’s External Advisory Board at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She is a member of the President’s Council of the University of Illinois Foundation and a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
Clinical Assessment and Skills Lab
Our over 5000 square foot main clinical laboratory space features 6 clinical rooms as well as 15 hospital bed spaces with additional space for skill demonstration and classroom work. The lab can accommodate multiple classes at once and is stocked with the latest medical equipment and supplies.
We offer students an opportunity to practice their physical assessment and skills during scheduled lab time as well as during periods of open lab time with faculty and/or peer support.
In addition we offer support services to enable students to accomplish their academic goals. An example of this is our peer tutor program for development of effective learning strategies and assistance with coursework.
For a list of our student services, please see Student Success Program.
Student Success Program
The College of Nursing offers educational and support services through our Student Success Program. Our goal is to support our students throughout their time at UIC so they may be as successful as possible. Below is a list of our program offerings.
We offer free tutoring for many classes at both the bachelor and graduate levels. The tutors are current UIC students who excel in their programs and are able to dedicate time to tutoring others. Tutoring can be face to face, over the phone, through Skype or email and may be accessed by students at different campuses.
This program is currently available to our Chicago BSN students. We have senior BSN students who volunteer to serve as Peer Mentors during their senior year to the incoming junior BSN students. The purpose is for junior students to have guidance and support from a person who just completed the academic year that they are embarking on. Mentors are there for advice, to be an ear to listen and to help make connections between the two classes.
Open Lab Time
Our Clinical Learning Resource Center (CLRC) is located in the lower level of the College of Nursing and is available to you throughout the week for unstructured lab time. If you would like to have more time practicing skills outside of your assigned lab time, please email Kelly White to set up a time. Think about getting a group of your peers together and come to the lab!
Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)
LASSI is an inventory designed to collect information about your learning and study practices and attitudes. Typically it takes 9-11 minutes to complete and will give you a 2 page report displaying your scores. This inventory will identify your strengths and weakness with constructive suggestions for improvement. Topics covered include anxiety, attitude, concentration, processing, motivation, self-testing, selecting main ideas, study aids, time management and test strategies. More information about taking this assessment will be provided during your first semester.
CLRC & Student Success Program Information Course Site
All prelicensure students across campuses are added to our Blackboard course site. Here you will find more information about our programs, events, study strategies and university resources. If you are enrolled in this course, please take some time to review this content available to you!