Over 150 CSUF nursing students serve the community every semester through Community Health Nursing classes. The rotation includes 120 hours per student placed at Departments of Public Health in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or San Bernardino counties as well as other community based organizations serving the homeless, underserved populations, migrant families, youth at risk, youth with disabilities, etc. As an introduction to the course, the School of Nursing hosts a life-like, Monopoly-style poverty simulation exercise to increase awareness about the complexities of living in day-to-day poverty and to gain a better understanding of the types of patients the students will encounter throughout their career. A goal of the simulation is to teach the students how to direct their future patients toward useful resources and to stimulate a sense of sympathy instead of misguided judgment. The inaugural simulation occurred at the start of the Fall 2015 semester; volunteers from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Marshall B. Ketchum University made the simulation a great success by posing as debt collectors, employers, daycare workers, pawn shop owners, law enforcement, etc.


The School of Nursing in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) has provided an annual skills labOpens in new window for Southern California school nurses, beginning in fall of 2013. This 4-hour workshop is held in the CSU Fullerton Nursing Skills Lab and provides a review of clinical skills to enhance school nursing practice. Skill stations include: diastat administration, insulin pumps and carb counting, g-tubes, tracheotomy care, otoscopy and catheterization.  Nurse trainees get credit hours toward their licensure requirement for participating in the skills day. Due to popularity and continued interest, the skills lab will continue to be offered each year.  The School Nurse Skills Day was developed and is produced each year by Pamela Kahn, MPH, BS, RN (Coordinator, Health and Wellness Orange County Department of Education); Mary Ann Kelly, RN, MSN, PNP (Faculty CSUF); Barbara Doyer BSN, MS, RN, PHN, CHSE (CSUF Faculty and Nursing Simulation Center and Skills Lab Coordinator). Rachel McLanahan RN, MSN, DNP (Faculty CSUF) joined the group in 2015.


In a brand new venture, the School of Nursing and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Fullerton (OLLI-CSUF) are collaborating across generations to help nursing students hone their communication and physical assessment skills in the clinical setting. OLLI-CSUF is a chartered program whose purpose is to recognize lifelong learning and social interaction as important keys to successful retirement and offer courses to support the needs of their members. The practice of using standardized patients allows the primarily Generation Y and Generation Z (Millennial and Post-Millennial) students to interact in simulated situations with patients that closely reflect the vast majority of those hospitalized – Silent and Baby Boomers Generations. The School of Nursing is excited to share this unique experience with our students, helping to ease the transition into the clinical setting, and for the opportunity to work closely with OLLI community members for what will hopefully be many years to come.

To schedule tours, please contact the CSUF Simulation Center.