NEW Clinical Skills and Simulation Center Offers Enhanced Learning Experience

There’s a new, innovative and state-of-the-art learning environment for Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) students, as well as Mount Carmel medical residents, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This enhanced, high-tech skills and simulation experience is called the Mount Carmel Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC).

Steve Marks, CSSC Operations Manager, Dr. Charles Sanders, Vice President Mount Carmel Medical Education and Dr. Ann Schiele, President and Dean, Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

The CSSC, which opened its doors in August, is a collaborative project initiated by MCCN and Mount Carmel Medical Education to benefit students, medical residents, and Mount Carmel associates, as well as community healthcare professionals, such as EMTs.

Developed to achieve the best patient care outcomes by offering advanced instruction for healthcare professionals, the 1.1 million dollar, 11,000 square foot CSSC occupies the whole renovated fourth floor of the Medical Office Building across from MCW Emergency Services.

The CSSC features four large simulation bays, each with a central control center; a room for laparoscopic procedures; and several rooms dedicated to special training in orthopedics and obstetrics. Also included is a skills lab for practicing patient assessment, suturing and other key skills. The College’s currently owned simulators and Mount Carmel Medical Education’s equipment were consolidated to complement newly acquired equipment and technology at the CSSC.

The CSSC was made possible thanks to the generosity of more than 500 physicians, corporate partners, community leaders and donors; $600,000 to help establish the center was raised through the Mount Carmel Foundation’s 13th annual Champagne & Diamonds Gala.

Scenes from the CSSC Grand Opening

CSSC Fast Facts

  • Official name: the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC)
  • Officially Opened: August 20, 2012
  • Location: 777 W State St, 4th Floor, Suite 400
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., flexible in scheduling during off-hours
  • Staff:
    • Steve Marks, Operations Manager 614-234-3627
    • Theresa Draher, Operations Coordinator 614-234-3624
    • Dawn Hughes, Simulation Education Coordinator 614-234-3623
    • Service Coordinator - in process
  • Potential: endless

by CSSC Operations Manager Steve Marks, MS, RN

Q: What are the highlights of the CSSC?

A: The CSSC offers four high fidelity simulation bays, a multimedia classroom, clinical skills rooms, exam rooms, debriefing rooms, and a videoconferencing center to accommodate 40.

Q: How did the CSSC come to be?

A: The CSSC is a collaborative effort among MCCN, Mount Carmel Medical Education, and the Mount Carmel medical staff.

Q: How does the CSSC enhance healthcare and nursing education?

A: The CSSC gives students and healthcare professionals the opportunity to practice providing patient care and performing specific medical skills prior to interaction with patients. Just one example among the multitude available would be defibrillation.

In the CSSC, students learn how to incorporate assessment into appropriate care for patients. Practicing skills with the simulators helps students improve and builds confidence and comfort in executing the procedures. Studies show that simulation exercises produce more competent nurses and better outcomes for patients.

Q: How does the CSSC benefit MCCN?

A: The CSSC provides the advantage of an advanced learning experience that augments nursing education and improves the students’ educational experience. Simulation ensures that multiple skills can be chosen for practice, unlike clinicals, where not all skills will be available for practice when students are in attendance.

The CSSC makes it possible to run an interdisciplinary code that pulls in physicians, residents, respiratory therapists, etc., to interact with nursing students and provide an experience of collaborative care.

The CSSC elevates the College’s program and differentiates MCCN from other nursing programs.

Q: Describe some of the cutting edge opportunities offered by the CSSC.

A: The high fidelity simulators and the computerized learning environment which can evaluate a student’s performance on a particular scenario as well as track the student’s progress over time. The student’s interpersonal communication skills can be tracked, helping the student to learn how to talk to patients about care. The computerized system allows for recording in eight different rooms in the CSSC.

Q: How many students can the CSSC accommodate?

A. The CSSC offers a substantial increase in the number of students that can utilize the facility, with the potential to accommodate approximately a couple hundred in an eight-hour day.

Contact Us

Steve Marks, Operations Manager

Jeff Adams, Simulation Coordinator

Dawn Hughes, Simulation Education Coordinator