Interactive Learning Facilities

Learn by doing

The Indiana University School of Nursing has two interactive learning facilities on the Bloomington campus where you’ll get hands-on experience that will prepare you to work with patients. You’ll learn the basic clinical skills of the nursing profession in the Nursing Learning Resource Center, then put those skills into action in the Inter-Professional Simulation Center.

Nursing Learning Resource Center

The Nursing Learning Resource Center is where you’ll learn and practice the clinical skills essential to nursing—everything from taking blood pressure to starting an IV. With the aid of videos, demonstrations, interactive exercises, and simulations, you’ll master the fundamentals of nursing, all in a controlled, supportive setting.

IU nursing students practice patient care skills in the Nursing Learning Resource Center.

Inter-Professional Simulation Center

After you’ve perfected your clinical skills in the Nursing Learning Resource Center, you’ll have the opportunity to put them to the test in the Inter-Professional Simulation Center, known informally as the Sim Lab. A joint effort between the IU School of Nursing and the IU School of Medicine, the Sim Lab immerses nursing and medical students in realistic simulations of situations they are likely to encounter as health care professionals.

Facilities and equipment

The Sim Lab includes inpatient rooms, a labor and delivery room, and an ICU. It features four high-fidelity programmable manikins, including an adult that can be male or female, a female that can give birth, a newborn, and a child. It also has a Harvey Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator.

Running a simulation

A full-time simulation technician helps faculty design, build, and run simulations for their classes. Simulations range from simple situations that allow you to focus on communication and basic patient assessment to complex scenarios requiring split-second decision making and critical thinking.

For each simulation, you and the other participants are assigned roles, which typically include doctor, nurse, family member, and observer. The simulation begins with a discussion of the objectives of the exercise and concludes with an in-depth debriefing in which you and the other participants discuss what went well and what could have been done differently.

Two School of Nursing faculty members observe students from the Sim Lab control room.
Nursing students practice patient care skills on a medical manikin in the Sim Lab.