The Columbia Gorge Community College Rural Clinical Simulation Center (RCSC) has been designed to mimic clinical settings to provide the nursing students at CGCC the opportunity to practice nursing clinical judgment at the patient’s bedside, and to enhance their skills. The students are given clinically focused case scenarios in which they must act as the nurse and demonstrate safe, research based nursing care as the “patient’s” conditions change. Nursing faculty facilitate the students’ learning experience in the simulation lab.
The CGCC simulation lab is equipped with two high-fidelity, human patient simulators, along with all the hospital equipment a nurse might need to take care of a patient in an acute care setting, nursery, labor and delivery, critical care. Even home care can be replicated in the simulation lab. This flexibility allows students to provide nursing care in multiple settings, with patients that may not be seen regularly in the rural clinical settings available to CGCC.
The CGCC Rural Clinical Simulation Center was funded by two federal grants. One received from May 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005 was awarded under the U.S. Department of Education Legislative Authority PLPL 105-277 Omnibus Appropriations Act Program Title and Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Additional funding received April 1, 2004 – September 30, 2006 by CGCC through a grant awarded under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration for the Health Occupations Career Ladder Nursing Program.