Mary Morton Parsons
Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC)

Photo of student at computer in the CSLC lab

Contact Us

(434) 924-2748


McLeod Hall, 3rd floor
Administrative assistant:
Claude Moore Nursing Education Building, room 2013

Hours of Operation

Monday & Wednesday
12PM - 5PM
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9AM - 5PM

The Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC) provides students and healthcare professionals an environment to learn and practice with limited consequence and immediate feedback.


The CSLC is located on the 3rd floor of McLeod Hall at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Renovation and expansion of the CSLC was completed in December 2012. The newly renovated space (9200 square feet), which emulates a hospital unit, includes:

  • Theresa A. Thomas Intensive Care Simulation Laboratory (room 3029)
  • Reed Physical Assessment Laboratory (room 3008)
  • Two clinical education suites that include an isolation room (rooms 3038 and 3026)
  • Women’s and children’s simulation unit (room 3009)
  • Virtual reality lab (room 3012)
  • Two A/V control rooms and two debriefing rooms

Point of Learning Stations

“Point of learning” is integral to the philosophy of the center as evidenced by individualized stations complete with computers, cameras and dedicated resources for the education process. Additionally, the new space incorporates the use of high-fidelity simulation resources and standardized patients for active-learning.


The CLSC will provide students and healthcare providers broad access to the practice environment, directly at the point of learning. Students can immediately apply concepts, skills, and behaviors acquired in classroom and clinical practice.


The CSLC was established in 1990 to help manage the advances and changes driven by programming demands within UVA School of Nursing. The expansion of the CSLC was driven by:

  • The need to provide additional state-of-the art teaching/learning units to accommodate increased enrollment addressing the urgent and continuing nursing and nursing faculty shortages
  • Proven effectiveness of active learning and teaching
  • The need to expand teaching/service/research partnerships within the UVA Health System and beyond


  • Provide a state-of-the-art learning, teaching, and research environment for students and faculty
  • Promote acquisition of basic and advanced clinical skills/behaviors that are essential for undergraduate nursing students to master
  • Provide resources that will assist acquisition of clinical skills necessary for advanced practice roles
  • Provide an ideal learning environment for supervised and independent practice, throughout students' academic endeavors
  • Work collaboratively with the University of Virginia Medical Center and School of Medicine in providing a learning environment that promotes professional development of health care providers
  • Provide a resource center for students, faculty and associates - internally and externally


150 x 200 Kathy Haugh, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing 
Acting Director, Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center 
Office: MCL 4056
Telephone: (434) 924-0118, fax: (434) 243-8371

Bethany Cieslowski Bethany Cieslowski, MA, BSN, RN
Instructor in Nursing, Clinical Simulation Learning Center
Office: CMN 3010
Telephone: (434) 243-8602, fax: (434) 982-1809

Bethany Cieslowski is a University of Virginia alumna where she earned her BSN in 1997. She has a master’s degree in the field of Medical Informatics. She is currently an Instructor in Nursing in the Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC), and she has a passion for nursing as well as a genuine interest in making informatics work in healthcare. Ms. Cieslowski believes simulation is an effective strategy for the education of nursing students. She is dedicated to making the CSLC a psychologically safe environment for students to practice clinical and critical thinking skills required to thrive as nursing professionals.

Violet Horst 150px Violet Horst, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC
Clinical Instructor in Nursing
Office: CMN 2028
Phone: (434) 243-6821

Violet Horst has been clinical faculty at the University of Virginia since 2011. In that role, each semester, she has had experience with pediatric simulation scenarios and feels passionate about the value of simulation learning. Since 2006 Violet has served on the Virginia State Simulation Alliance's (VASSA) Board of Directors and is the regional director for VASSA's Blue Ridge Region.

Patti Reynard Patti Reynard
Education Support Specialist, Clinical Simulation Learning Center
Office: MCL 3010
Telephone: (434) 243-8602, fax: (434) 982-1809

Patti Reynard has been working in the medical simulation field since 2010. Patti also has many years of medical education experience. She likes to find creative ways to bring the simulation experiences to life. She has been quite successful with integrating and automating processes to enhance learning opportunities.



Rooms 3007 & 3019
Conference rooms for staging and debriefing of simulations. The audio-visuals provide opportunities for live-streaming of simulations in progress and during debriefing exercises.

Room 3008
The Charles L. Reed Physical Assessment Laboratory is an eight-bed unit. This lab is dedicated in honor of Mr. Charles L. Reed, the former president of the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation.

Room 3009
Peds and Women’s Simulation Suite is a three-bed unit which facilitates hands-on experience with the birthing process as well as provision of care for pediatric clients.

Room 3012
Virtual reality unit offers participation in computerized patient cases and realism for documentation.

Rooms 3026 & 3038
Two eight-bed clinical education suites offer a patient isolation room for group learning.

Room 3029
The Theresa A. Thomas Intensive Care Simulation Laboratory is a two-bed unit. It is available to assist undergraduate and graduate students in learning how to manage acute or critical care situations. The simulation manikins, such as Sim-Man®, are major features of this unit.


simulation clinic Classroom Equipment Reservations

Requests for resources and lab reservations should be directed to the CSLC Coordinator ( at least 5 to 7 days in advance. Requisition forms are available electronically via the “I:CSLC” directory).


Food and drinks are not permitted in the CSLC. This policy is reflective of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and should be strictly reinforced by faculty due to safety and preservation of resources.