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Concepts Integration Laboratories

East Carolina University College of Nursing welcomes you to our eight state-of-the-art Concepts Integration Laboratories (CIL).  The CIL fosters excellence in the preparation of professional nurses by assisting students of all levels to integrate nursing science concepts and critical thinking skills in the practice of quality patient care.  The structured and open laboratory experiences assure that nursing students have access to basic and advanced learning technologies which enable them to competently perform essential nursing interventions in diverse healthcare environments.


Faculty and Staff (top)


Laura Gantt, RN, PhD
Executive Director of Learning Technologies and Labs
2137 Health Science Building
Phone: 744-6503
E-mail: ganttl@ecu.edu


Rita Coggins, MSN, RN
Assistant Director of the CILs
2138 Health Sciences Building
Phone: 744-6461
E-mail: cogginsr@ecu.edu


Melinda Walker, BSN, RN
Nurse Consultant
2142 Health Sciences Building
Phone: 744-6582
E-mail: walkerme@ecu.edu


Sharon Overton, RN, BSN
Nurse Consultant
3143 Health Sciences Building
Phone: 744-6313
E-mail: overtons@ecu.edu


Cara Kraft, BSN, RN
Nurse Consultant
2142 Health Sciences Building
Phone: 744-6515
E-mail: kraftca@ecu.edu


Shelby Donnelly, BA
Administrative Support Associate
2175 Health Sciences Bldg
Phone: 744-6374
E-mail: donnellys@ecu.edu


Lab Descriptions (top)

The Concepts Integration Labs are comprised of 3 standard rooms (CIL 2100, CIL 2102, and CIL 3102), 3 simulation rooms (CIL 2106, CIL 3100, and CIL 4165), 1 simulated operating room (CIL 3106) and 1 anesthesia teaching lab (room 3104).  .


  1. 2100: This room is used primarily for teaching nursing basics; comparable to a medical surgical inpatient unit.  Room consists of hospital beds, static mannequins, and medication carts.
  2. 2102: This room is used primarily for teaching physical assessment; comparable to a clinic or doctor's office.  Room consists of exam tables, each equipped with diagnostic equipment.
  3. 2106: Used by one or more students and faculty to simulate patient care situations; comparable to an acute or critical care unit.  Room consists of an observation room, hospital beds, human patient simulators, hospital towers, vital sign monitors and simulated medical gas.
  4. 3100: This room is used primarily for teaching obstetrical, pediatric, and midwifery nursing; comparable to an obstetrical unit.  Room consists of hospital beds, crib, isolette, human patient simulation infant, and birthing mannequin.
  5. 3102: This is the acute care lab and educational setting used to teach advanced fundamentals courses.  The room consists of 4 hospital patient beds with simulation possibilities using human patient simulators.
  6. 3104: This room is used primarily for teaching nurse anesthesia students.  Room consists of task trainers, OR scrub sink, and infant simulation mannequin.
  7. 3106: This room is a fully functional OR mock-up with observation room.  This is a human simulation lab for the teaching of nursing anesthesia.
  8. 4165: This is used primarily as a psych/social lab, but can be used for simulated training situations as well.  Room consists of couches and chairs and illustrates a social office setting and/or an obstetrical suite.

Practice Labs Sign-up Instructions and Link (top)

Beginning this semester, we’re using a new, online sign-up method with which students can both register for practice labs and check on their lab practice hour totals. Please use the link below to navigate to the “CIL Online: Web Services Center” website to sign up for any practice lab and/or check your practice lab accumulated hours. You will be required to log into the website using your PirateID and passphrase.

Upon logging into the website, you will see two tabs, “Home” and “Lab Session Management”. By default, you will arrive at the “Home” tab. The “Home” page displays your Student Concept/Technique Report. The report displays your accumulated practice lab hours for the semester, sorted by concepts/techniques. If you have not yet participated in a practice lab session, no report has yet been generated, so no report will be displayed. If you have already begun attending practice lab sessions and have accumulated hours in practice labs, but there is no report displayed, please let our lab staff know so that we can investigate.

The “Lab Session Reservation” tab provides access to the "Lab Sign Up / Reservation Management" page where you will register for available practice lab sessions.

To reserve a space in a practice lab session, please use the link below to proceed to the "Practice Lab SignUp Instructions" and "CIL Online: Web Service Center" link.

*Please note: In order to sign up for a lab session, you must connect to the "CIL Online" website from either: a computer in one of the ECU computer labs, any computer connected to the ECU wired or wireless network, or from your home computer with an active Student VPN session running.*

The Student VPN (Virtual Private Netork) is a security app that you download from the ECU website and install on your computer. Once installed, you can start and stop the application from an icon on your computer. When running, it establishes a secure network connection and makes certain resources on the ECU network available. For more information about the Student VPN, and to download/install the Student VPN, please use this link: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/connect/studentVPN.cfm.

The Student VPN is a university provided resource. There are excellent instructions about how to install and use the Student VPN at the download site. If you have difficulty with it, or need additional assistance, please contact the university Help Desk at 252-328-9866 or https://ithelp.ecu.edu/Default.asp.

Please click here to proceed to the "Practice Lab SignUp Instructions" and "CIL Online: Web Service Center" link

Lab G.E.M.s (top)

"Personal motivation is your best resource for successful acquisition of clinical skills." 

The following G.E.M.s will assist in creating an enjoyable and productive experience in the CIL:

1. Available Teaching Formats:

  • Faculty and lab assistant demonstrations
  • Task trainers
  • Patient manikins
  • High Fidelity Simulators
  • Video and Debriefing
  • Bedside Technology
  • Role-play
  • Independent Study
  • Peer-to-Peer demonstrations
  • Collaborative Practice

2. Skills Acquisition will be Facilitated by:

  • Self direction and student-centered learning
  • Taking responsibility for acquiring competency with the designated skills by the student
  • Designated lab sections
  • Designated faculty members for each lab section
  • Teaching aids available in the CIL to assist students in skill development
  • Students approaching lab facilities and patients as if in an actual patient care area: this includes maintaining clean and sterile techniques (no food in patient areas, wear gloves during procedures, etc)
  • Using additional practice time to master the more complex skills
  • Coming prepared for scheduled skills practice

Resources & Links (top)