Nursing Simulation and Skills Labs
As part of your accelerated education, you will complete lab work under the guidance of faculty at our ABSN program site. Our nursing skills and simulation labs afford you hands-on learning experiences that build on your online classes and prepare you for clinicals at St. Vincent.
The skills lab at our ABSN program site mimics a hospital setting, featuring real medical equipment and lifelike medical manikins. Here, you and fellow ABSN students will experience different clinical scenarios and practice basic nursing skills such as tending wounds and checking vitals.
For advanced clinical skills practice, you and fellow ABSN students will participate in nursing simulations at the main Marian University campus. Here, we use computerized medical manikins to provide a deeper understanding of specialty areas such as maternity, pediatrics and adult health.
Prepare to Face Reality
Our simulation labs get you as close as possible to real-world nursing experiences, exposing you to different patient ailments and clinical scenarios. These labs allow you to apply your skills in a controlled, true-to-life medical setting using hospital equipment to “treat” lifelike manikins.
Nursing simulation labs comprise three main components:
- Preparation work for a specific clinical scenario.
- Completion of the simulation under faculty supervision.
- Clinical performance debriefing with faculty.
Overall, simulation labs are an opportunity for you to practice your nursing skills without putting an actual patient at risk. Therefore, we encourage you to ask as many question as necessary to ensure you understand how to put nursing theory into professional practice. Our goal is to have you feeling confident and prepared when it comes time to begin your clinical rotations.
We have gained so much practice before going to real patients, making us feel so comfortable. The equipment is so realistic, providing an easy transition.
—Kelsey Stein, ABSN Class of May 2017
Teaching Through Technology
It is important to choose a nursing program that offers quality nursing simulation lab experiences. Research shows that simulation labs are highly effective in building critical thinking and decision making skills—all of which are essential to safe, competent patient care.
While there was a time when nursing education was deemed haphazard, nursing students of today have access to highly sophisticated teaching technologies that allow them to practice vital clinical skills in mock, high-pressure medial settings without putting patient safety at risk.
Through technology advancements, modern high-fidelity medical manikins are capable of creating highly realistic patient care situations, from giving birth to spurting blood. Medical manikins are great because they allow you to:
- Apply critical skills in high-risk trauma scenarios.
- Learn from and correct mistakes with the help of faculty.
- Practice working with others in interactive patient care strategies.
Contact us to learn more about our nursing skills and simulation labs.