Simulation and Learning Resource Center

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The Simulation and Learning Resource Center (LRC) in the College of Nursing provides realistic and well-equipped clinical simulation labs for undergraduate and graduate nursing students to practice new skills or to carry out simulation activities in health assessment, essentials of nursing, adult health, maternal/child health, critical care, community health, leadership and anesthesia. These experiences include mannequin-based and "standardized patient" experiences. Students participate in lab/simulation activities in all clinical courses in the undergraduate nursing curriculum.

The Simulation/LRC provides opportunities for students to work on skill development with Graduate Students as well as upper level peer mentors.

The LRC staff

The LRC is more than just a high-tech environment. Just as critical to its operations are its staff who work closely with faculty to provide the ideal learning enviroment to dovetail with teaching strategies.

Learning Resource Center Staff

Colleen H. Meakim, MSN, RN, CHSE

Director, Simulation and Learning Resource Center

Colleen brings many years of nursing education experience to her role, and is certified as a Healthcare Simulation Educator. She supports faculty to plan, develop and implement nursing lab and simulation experiences for undergraduate and graduate students as well as in their research related to simulation. She coordinates all lab activities, oversees a multifaceted standardized patient program, and determines needs and processes for new simulated experiences. Additionally, she speaks nationally on her work, and participates in the TriState LRC Consortium, the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Learning Resource Center Staff

Sue Markert

Simulation and Learning Resource Center Assistant

Susan Markert has a varied background including pharmaceutical sales. Her role is pivotal in the Simulation/Learning Resource Center. She works with graduate and undergraduate students and part time staff in the coordination the daily operations of the Simulation/Learning Resource Center. She supports the Director in the management and purchase of supplies, oversees building maintenance, and supports students as they seek assistance from graduate students and peer mentors. She works with faculty in the implementation of plans for labs, simulation experiences and student testing.  

Learning Resource Center Staff

Trisha Prieto, MBA, BSN, RN, CHSE

Part-time Nursing Simulation Operations Specialist

Trisha is a Certified Simulation Healthcare Educator and a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. Trisha helps to create a realistic environment for simulation. In additon to working with faculty on new simulation endeavors, she supports the Simulation/LRC staff by programming mannequins, medication administration machines, creating electronic medical records for simulated patients, and managing other simulation resources. She also supports faculty and students in preparation for and during simulation activities.

Anita Burry

IT Simulation Specialist

Anita serves as a technical expert to various individuals and departments in the College of Nursing including the Simulation/LRC staff. In the Simulation/LRC environment, she oversees the management of the audiovisual/ recording system, including assisting faculty and staff with development, implementation and summarization of survey data obtained from simulation users. She supports the lab staff with technical needs/problem management/ and sometimes repairs associated with all mannequins, medication dispensing machines, computers, laptops, scheduling resources, and other technical equipment.

Learning Resource Center Staff

Denise Doherty, BSN, RN

Part time Clinical Skills Specialist

Carol Matthews, BSN, RN

Part time Clinical Skills Specialist


Denise and Carol are both bachelor’s prepared RNs who assist lab staff, faculty and students in many ways by managing with lab set up/ breakdown, and supporting faculty and students during simulation lab and testing experiences. They also support the lab staff in other daily operations.

Hours of Operation

The Simulation and Learning Resource Center is located on the ground floor of Driscoll Hall, the home of the College of Nursing, on Main Campus.

tel 610.519.4925     fax 610.519.5899

Fall and spring semester general hours
Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM           
Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM- 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Summer session general hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday Closed