Simulation center

Center for Excellence in Nursing Education

Simulation and learning labOur simulation center, the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education (CENE), provides a safe and supportive environment for students to practice important nursing skills before performing them in the clinical setting with real patients.

Students’ time in the lab builds on what they are learning in their didactic courses. They refine their skills and learn critical thinking that prepares them for their careers as registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses, such as nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives.

“Learning in a modern lab setting provides a realistic, professional experience for nursing students, which is especially important because opportunities to learn in clinical settings are limited,” said Robin Collier, the lab’s director.

Simulation center renovation

Artist rendering of the simulation center entry

Artist rendering of the new simulation center entry

Washington State legislators recently provided $4 million in funding to upgrade and expand the UW School of Nursing simulation and learning lab. Work is now underway! Phase 1 of the new lab is expected to open in July 2017.

After construction, the lab will more than triple in size and have more modern technology to help students master skills they will need to become successful nurses and nurse leaders.

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Hours and access

The learning lab operating hours vary depending on the quarter.  The lab is closed during quarter breaks.  Access during that time is by special appointment basis only.

  • If you need to speak directly with learning lab staff, visit the main office, T-619, or come to the inner door (T-621).
  • Access to the learning lab after regular scheduled hours must be coordinated through Director Robin Collier by email or phone at 206.685.9001
  • Learning lab tours may be requested by contacting Director Robin Collier by email or phone at 206.685.9001

Learning lab staff


Robin Collier, MSN, RN, CHSE
Phone: 206.685.9001

Teaching assistants

Phone: 206.685.9001—This mailbox is checked Monday through Friday when classes are in session.