Many activities take place here . . . all of it centered around client care skills. Classes, skill demonstrations, guided and independent practice sessions, video viewing, socialization, skills testing, and laughter all take place in these rooms.
Resources available: The Skills Lab houses a variety of equipment and supplies to assist students in learning and mastering basic to advanced skills. The lab has four simulated hospital rooms, an out patient/clinic exam room, and a laboratory/diagnostic testing area. Equipment for all aspects of assessment are available as well as mannequins to practice psychomotor skills such as examinations of the ear, eye, breast, prostate, dressing changes, urinary catheter insertions, venipuncture, and medication administration. For a comprehensive list of lab resources contact the Skills Lab Coordinator.
Practice: The Skills Lab is a place for students to practice beginning through advanced skills. Lab time can be used for independent and small group study/practice, demonstrations by faculty and peers and validating your learning.
Use multi-media: While in the lab, students can view videotapes, computerized clinical simulations, and other multi-media that have been assigned or recommended by faculty. The Lab has 8 new computers with a wide variety of software and offers internet and email access. Students can also use videotaping equipment for self assessment/evaluation of psychomotor skills and simulated client interactions.
Competency verification of clinical skills: Students are required to have their skills competencies validated. Students first receive instruction in the skill by CR faculty. Students are then responsible to practice the skill in the lab. Evaluation of skills can be accomplished during scheduled class time and/or by appointment. Appointment times are listed in the lab next to the Log-In computer. Students are asked to call the lab if they are unable to keep their scheduled appointment.
Students in the ADN program maintain a Clinical Opportunity Record (COR) to link skills instruction and competency with clinical experiences.
Camaraderie: One of the best ways to learn is through discussion and debate. The lab provides a comfortable atmosphere for students to talk with peers and more experienced practitioners about issues and dilemmas in client care.