Kahler Slater led the design for the Clinical Education Center at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. The Clinical Education Center (CEC) is a joint effort between the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care. The Center provides a learning environment for both nursing students and staff and offers the latest advancements in technology and collaborative medicine. Kahler Slater served as the nursing education design expert, working in collaboration with local architect, Brooks Borg Skiles.
This benchmark center provides a collaborative learning space that replicates hospital environments. Nursing students use the facility to learn how to provide safe, effective and compassionate care before providing direct care to patients and families. Nursing staff use the facility to enhance patient care through competency training and the use of simulation environment. The project goal was to elevate the nursing profession as a whole, bringing enthusiasm and enrichment to education and clinical practice. The state-of-the-art Clinical Education Center is housed in the University of Iowa Hospital and includes an 86-seat classroom that can be divided and two additional classrooms with 34 and 36 seats each, clinical simulation laboratories, an auditorium, resource library, conference rooms, student study lounges, computer lab, faculty/staff lounges and offices. Innovative educational equipment and technology include human patient simulators, distance learning, wireless laptop access, video cameras, tele-health technology and an electronic library. The center is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accommodate the students and nurses schedules.