Current Students

Student resources and policies

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students perform clinical simulation exercises in the learning lab. These simulations are integrated into your clinical courses and are designed to give you experience practicing nursing skills in a safe environment before performing those skills in the clinical setting. In your first quarter, you will be in the lab one or two times a week, practicing physical assessment skills and learning basic nursing skills such as:

  • transferring patients
  • calculating and delivering medications safely
  • providing nutrition
  • caring for acutely ill patients

Your time in the lab will build on what you are learning in your lecture courses, and every effort is made to assign patients in your clinical site to further reinforce skills and course content.

As you progress in your program, the simulation exercises become more focused to allow the practice of more advanced skills pertinent to specific populations. You will be in the lab two to three times each quarter, practicing advanced nursing care such as:

  • caring for central lines
  • assessment of the laboring woman and newborn infant, and
  • a developmental approach to pediatric patients and their families

In your senior practicum, you will refine the skills you have learned in a series of sessions designed to encourage critical thinking and prepare you for your career as a professional registered nurse.

Graduate students

Graduate students will learn physical examination skills in the learning lab. Depending on your track, you will practice advanced skills in the lab using mannequins, task training devices, and simulated patients to provide you with the opportunity to practice techniques before performing them in the clinical setting.

Time in the lab varies per quarter, and labs are designed to reinforce what you are learning in your lecture courses.

Sim lab policies

The UW School of Nursing works to provide a safe and clinically authentic experiences for everyone using the simulation and learning lab.

Dress code

  • The CENE is to be considered a clinical patient care area.
  • All undergraduate students will come to the lab dressed according to the SoN clinical uniform dress code policy.
  • Graduate students will be expected to wear the uniform that they wear in their professional clinical rotations. This will be professional attire with name tags.
  • Faculty will wear lab coats or scrubs and nametags in the lab.
  • The CENE and your clinical sites should be considered “fragrance free” so that those with hypersensitivities may be protected. Fragrances may include perfumes, hair gels and certain deodorants.

Infection control

Biological Hazards Precautions

  • Under no circumstance are students allowed to practice invasive procedures without the assistance of a faculty member.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the CENE.
  • Hazardous Waste Containers are provided and are to be used for any materials contaminated with body fluids. Any surfaces in the CENE accidentally contaminated with body fluids should be cleaned promptly with sani-wipes. This is the responsibility of faculty/students at the time of contamination.
  • Needles and sharps are to be disposed of in proper receptacles.
  • The CENE is a “no latex” and fragrance-free lab.

Hand Hygiene

  • Appropriate hand hygiene is required in the CENE learning lab to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms.
  • Antiseptic soap and instant hand sanitizer are provided and are to be used in the CENE.
  • Hand hygiene includes:
    • Proper use of gloves to avoid contact with microorganisms contained in body fluids or body substances.
    • Proper hand washing with antimicrobial soap or hand sanitizer.
    • Keeping your hands in good shape by maintaining intact skin.
    • Do not work with draining lesions or open lesions on hands.
    • Do not wear artificial nails or extenders when performing nursing procedures.
  • Routine hand hygiene is expected:
    • Before and after performing nursing skills
    • Before putting on and after removing gloves
    • After using restroom facilities
    • Before eating

Make-up sessions, independent study

Make-up sessions for students

  • Students are expected to adhere to the SoN Attendance Policy for Clinical and Lab Courses.
  • Make-up sessions for students who have missed clinical activities in the CENE will need to be cleared by the course coordinator.
  • After coordinator approval, students may email the CENE to schedule via
  • Graduate students needing make-up labs or refreshers will work with the CENE director; undergraduate students will work with the CENE staff Teaching Assistants. Emails to clinical instructors regarding names of students, activities, and status will be completed at the end of these sessions by CENE staff.

Independent study or special project for students

  • Students interested in independent study or doing any special projects in the CENE should send a Request Form to make an appointment with the available CENE staff.
  • Download and complete the form, and email this to to request an appointment with the CENE staff. Please give a minimum of 24 hours notice if you will need training on the equipment. Be specific as to your learning needs.
  • If you want to practice head to toe examinations and need no special clinical equipment, there is general availability. Check with the lab TAs in person or email to coordinate a practice time.

Safety and security

Safety Precautions

  • There is safety in numbers. Use the “buddy system” when traveling to and from the Center, going to the restroom, or to outside exits.
  • Telephones are available in the CENE and in the central corridor. For security problems call 9-911.
  • The UWCares, 685-WALK, will escort you to a night ride stop or campus living facility. This service is available Autumn/Winter, 5:30 PM until 12:30 AM, Sunday through Thursday, and Spring, 8:30 PM until 12:30 AM, Sunday through Thursday.

Accountability and Security in the CENE

  • The CENE director is accountable for the security and safety of students, inventory and the activities that occur in the CENE.
  • The CENE TAs will assure that the Center is open and secured during posted CENE hours.
  • Clinical faculty requesting after-hours teaching with students will make arrangements with the CENE Director prior to doing so. The clinical faculty will be responsible for the security of the CENE during after hours teaching.