Steele Innovative Learning Center

Students Perfect Clinical Skills in the SILC

The Steele Innovative Learning Center (SILC) is a safe environment for acquiring, rehearsing and perfecting skills needed in clinical nursing practice. In the SILC, students integrate formal classroom learning with essential psychomotor skills.

To simulate clinical environments and enhance teaching, the SILC offers an array of tools allowing students to simulate nursing care ranging from basic skill acquisition to participation in complex, realistic scenarios designed to enhance higher-level clinical thinking and actions. We have three Sim Man™ manikins (human patient simulators) in individual critical care bays which are computer-controlled. The manikins have audible blood pressures (BPs), palpable pulses, and heart, lung and bowel sounds. The manikin's chest also rises and falls to simulate realistic breathing.

Three Virtual IV simulators assist students in mastering the technique of IV insertion. The computer simulators have realistic graphics and provide detailed, individualized feedback to the student at the end of each attempted case.


Full-time Instructor and Student Support

In the SILC, two full-time registered nurses assist clinical instructors with scheduled, structured lab times, as well as offering supervision and support to individual students and small groups.

Service to Tucson and Beyond

A valuable part of the College of Nursing, the SILC is also an important community resource, offering school tours and hosting national and international visitors. Additionally, the SILC is connected to Master Control in BioCommunications, giving the center real-time video conferencing capabilities which reach across the state of Arizona and beyond. This connectivity in turn allows the SILC to integrate with the Arizona Telemedicine Program statewide network.

Location

College of Nursing, second floor, rooms 250A-D and 275A-C

  • 275 A - Stretchers
  • 275 B - Beds with Mannequins
  • 275 C - IV lab
  • 250 - Glass Doors High Acuity

Hyochol Brian Ahn

Hyochol Brian Ahn , PhD, MSN, MS-CTS, MS-ECE, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN

Dean, College of Nursing

Professor, Innovations in Aging - GIDP

Professor, Nursing

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Interests & Expertise

Big Data, Chronic Disease, Digital Health, Health Equity, Healthy Aging, Physiological, Psychological, Self-Management

Terry A Badger

Terry Badger

Terry A Badger , PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAPOS, FAAN

Director, Research Initiatives

Endowed Chair, Eleanor Bauwens - Nursing

Professor

Professor, Psychiatry

Professor, Public Health

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Interests & Expertise

Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, Health Equity, Interventions, Psychological, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Self-Management, Social Determinants, Symptoms

Aleeca Bell

Aleeca Bell

Aleeca Bell , PhD, RN, CNM

Associate Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Environmental Factors, Genetics, Genomics, Health Behavior, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Interventions, Lifestyle Behaviors, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Phenotypes, Physiological, Prevention, Psychological, Quantitative Methods, Self-Management, Social Determinants, Women's Health

Elise Erickson

Elise Erickson , PhD, CNM, FACNM

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Assistant Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science

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Interests & Expertise

Big Data, Data Analytics, Digital Health, Environmental Factors, Genetics, Genomics, Health Equity, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/American Indian, Phenotypes, Physiological, Prevention, Quantitative Methods, Social Determinants, Technology, Women's Health

Rina S Fox

Rina S Fox , PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

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Interests & Expertise

Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, Chronic Disease, Health Behavior, Health Equity, Interventions, Mental Health, Psychological, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Symptoms

Sheila M Gephart

Sheila M Gephart

Sheila M Gephart , PhD, RN, FAAN

Interim Chair, Advanced Nursing Practice and Science Division

Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Big Data, Data Analytics, Digital Health, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Healthcare Systems, Human Factors, Interventions, Pediatrics, Prevention, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Technology, Telehealth

Judith S Gordon

Judith S Gordon , PhD

Associate Dean, Research

Professor

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Professor, Family and Community Medicine

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Interests & Expertise

Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, Chronic Disease, Digital Health, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Integrative Health, Interventions, Lifestyle Behaviors, Prevention, Psychological, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Self-Management, Social Determinants, Substance Use, Technology

Kathleen C Insel

Kathleen C Insel , PhD, RN

Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Disease, Digital Health, Healthy Aging, Interventions, Quantitative Methods, Self-Management, Social Determinants, Technology

Chiyoung Lee

Chiyoung Lee

Assistant Professor, Nursing

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Interests & Expertise

Big Data, Cardiovascular Disease, Data Analytics, Health Equity, Mental Health, Prevention, Psychological, Quantitative Methods, Social Determinants, Symptoms

Ashley Anne Lowe

Ashley Anne Lowe

Assistant Professor, Nursing

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Interests & Expertise

Chronic Disease, Environmental Factors, Health Behavior, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Interventions, Native American/American Indian, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Social Determinants, Women's Health, Workforce Development

Julio C Loya

Julio C Loya Portrait

Julio C Loya , PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Border Health, Chronic Disease, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Interventions, Lifestyle Behaviors, Physical Activity, Quantitative Methods, Self-Management, Social Determinants

Helena W Morrison

Helena W Morrison

Helena W Morrison , PhD, RN

Associate Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Cardiovascular Disease, Physiological, Quantitative Methods

Thaddeus Pace

Thaddeus Wesley Warren Pace

Thaddeus Pace , PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Associate Professor, Psychology

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Interests & Expertise

Cancer Survivorship, Health Equity, Interventions, Mental Health, Physiological, Psychological, Quantitative Methods, Social Determinants

Juyoung Park

Juyoung Park

Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Caregivers, Chronic Disease, Health Behavior, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Healthy Aging, Integrative Health, Interventions, Mental Health, Physical Activity, Psychological, Quantitative Methods, Technology, Telehealth

Jessica Rainbow

Jessica Rainbow

Jessica Rainbow , PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Director, Clinical-Research Partnership

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Interests & Expertise

Healthcare Systems, Occupational Health & Safety, Patient & Nursing Outcome Measurement, Provider Health & Wellness, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Work Environment

Julienne N Rutherford

Julienne N Rutherford , PhD

Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Border Health, Environmental Factors, Genetics, Genomics, Health Equity, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Phenotypes, Physiological, Social Determinants

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea

Kimberly Denise Shea , PhD, RN, CHPN

Assistant Professor of Practice, Biomedical Informatics

Clinical Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Big Data, End-of-Life, Palliative Care, Technology, Telehealth

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres

Graciela Emilia Silva Torres , PhD, MPH

Clinical Professor

Professor, Public Health

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Interests & Expertise

Border Health, Cancer, Chronic Disease, Data Analytics, Health Behavior, Health Equity, Hispanic/Latino, Occupational Health & Safety, Quantitative Methods

Meghan B Skiba

Meghan Skiba

Meghan B Skiba , PhD, MS, MPH, RDN

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences

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Interests & Expertise

Border Health, Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, Chronic Disease, Data Analytics, Diet, Digital Health, Environmental Factors, Health Equity, Health Promotion, Healthy Aging, Interventions, Lifestyle Behaviors, Physical Activity, Prevention, Quantitative Methods, Social Determinants, Technology

Timothy Joseph Sowicz

Timothy Joseph Sowicz

Timothy Joseph Sowicz , PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Chronic Disease, Health Equity, Mental Health, Qualitative Methods, Social Determinants, Substance Use

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae

Ruth E Taylor-Piliae , PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Interim Director, PhD Program

Professor

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Interests & Expertise

Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Disease, Health Promotion, Healthy Aging, Integrative Health, Interventions, Lifestyle Behaviors, Physical Activity, Physiological, Prevention, Psychological, Quantitative Methods, Self-Management, Social Determinants, Symptoms

Shu-Fen Wung

Shu-Fen Wung , PhD, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN

Director, Nursing-Engineering Initiatives

Professor

Professor, BIO5 Institute

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Interests & Expertise

Big Data, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Disease, Digital Health, Genetics, Genomics, Human Factors, Phenotypes, Physiological, Symptoms, Technology, Work Environment