Once you are admitted to the Nursing program as an undergraduate, you will use the Nursing Skills Lab as part of your practicum courses. Each quarter, practicum courses focus on different skills associated with the course objectives for that quarter, which build on the skills learned in previous quarters. The lab is a place for you to practice application of nursing theory. Through your practice, you will learn skills such as:
- Basic care and mobility (principles of basic hygiene, use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or canes)
- Comprehensive and focused physical assessment skills
- Principles of medication administration (oral, topical, inhaled, intravenous, and more)
- Principles of sterile technique
- Urinary catheter insertion and maintenance
- Principles of IV therapy
Specialty practicum courses also include content related to nursing care for peri-partum, pediatrics, mental health, and community health.
During your junior year, you’ll spend at least 194 hours in the lab for course-related instruction/simulation and required independent study hours. During your senior year, you’ll focus more on practice hours in the community, spending an average of 20 hours per quarter in the lab for course-related activities and independent practice.
The Nursing Skills Lab features:
- A wireless adult patient simulator manikin, for use in simulating realistic patient care scenarios
- A large-screen HD TV and Apple TV for instruction and simulation exercises, and an audiovisual recording system for skills assessment
- 10 hospital beds
- Two exam tables with foot-controlled height adjustment (like those used in an outpatient care provider’s office)
- A transfer chair, for moving patients laterally from bed to stretcher without any lifting on the part of the caregiver
- A ceiling lift and mobile passive lift, for safely transferring patients with limited mobility