University of Calgary

Faculty of Nursing creative spaces

UToday HomeDecember 14, 2012

By Karen Cook

CSLC Director, Pat Morgan helps Lindsay Manning, 4th year nursing student with a 'patient' on a custom wall-bed in the newly revamped room 1297. Photo by Riley BrandtCSLC Director, Pat Morgan helps Lindsay Manning, 4th year nursing student with a 'patient' on a custom wall-bed in the newly revamped room 1297. Photo by Riley BrandtEveryone knows that there is a space crunch on campus; with increased enrolment, faculties are just becoming more creative with what they have. Case in point: the Faculty of Nursing who has multi-purposed a former classroom into a seminar room that can transform into a clinical setting in a matter of minutes.

Recent strategic planning in the faculty created an opportunity to re-examine future space requirements, says Pat Morgan, director of the faculty’s Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC). But, the need to accommodate psychomotor and physical assessment practice, in conjunction with group discussion, class presentations and meeting space, was an immediate space need.

“We have a fabulous simulation area which is frequently at capacity so we definitely needed more options to give our students the hands-on clinical/practice experience,” says Morgan. “We did not feel it was advantageous to sacrifice a classroom to create the space.”

The creative renovation took two months to complete. The room now includes unique wall examination tables - designed by local company Custom Wall-Beds - privacy curtains, student desks and multi-media capacity to support teaching and learning. The room can be reconfigured in a matter of minutes, says Morgan, and students and instructors are happy to have the additional space.

“We have been able to maintain the ability to accommodate a class size up to 48 students in the room, which can be easily divided into two teaching spaces with the use of a folding wall,” continues Morgan. “The opportunity to be creative in the design of a multipurpose classroom incorporating wall bed examination tables appears to be an original for clinical simulation centers. “

Another room in the Professional Faculties building has also been reconfigured with a centralized classroom for 48 and six small breakout rooms, each with a custom wall bed, that accommodate up to four students. With a new intake of students in January 2013, almost 600 undergraduate nursing students will access the CSLC on a weekly basis.