On-Site Nursing Skills and Simulation Labs
As an integral part of your accelerated nursing education, you and a small group of peers will participate in a series of nursing skills and simulation labs at our ABSN program site, located inside Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN. Led by experienced clinical instructors, these labs allow you to learn and apply critical nursing skills using advanced equipment in a controlled setting.
Prepare for Reality
Our nursing simulation labs get you as close as possible to real-world, high-pressure patient care situations, with the goal of having you feel prepared for your clinical rotations at Saint Thomas Health—which you can expect to get started on during your first semester.
These labs allow you to develop your skills using hospital equipment to “treat” lifelike medical manikins in a mock medical setting. Labs typically comprise these three main components:
- Preparation work for a specific clinical scenario.
- Completion of the simulation under instructor supervision.
- Performance evaluation and debriefing with instructor.
Overall, simulation labs are an opportunity for you to become competent with your nursing skills so that you can safely apply them when working with patients. Therefore, it is important to ask questions during your labs should you need clarification on how to put nursing theory into professional practice.
The hands-on learning makes the coursework “real” and solidifies my understanding of the material.
—Sarah May, Class of December 2017
Technology as Teacher
Research shows that nursing simulation labs are highly effective in building a student’s critical thinking and decision making skills—all of which are essential to safe, competent patient care.
Our modern high-fidelity medical manikins are capable of creating highly realistic patient care situations, from giving birth to spurting blood, giving you the opportunity 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.
By using simulation as a teaching strategy, we make it possible for you to experience and intervene in high-pressure clinical situations without posing risk to a real patient. Furthermore, simulated learning experiences expose you to situations you may never see during your clinical rotations.
Contact us to learn more about our nursing skills and simulation labs.