The Center for Excellence in Nursing Education (CENE) Learning Lab is a learning resource center serving faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.
In the course of your BSN studies, you will spend approximately 100 hours performing clinical simulation exercises in the Learning Lab. These exercises are integrated into your clinical courses (NCLIN) and are designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice nursing skills in a safe environment before performing the skills in the clinical setting. In your first quarter, you will be in the lab one or two times a week, practicing physical assessment skills and learning basic nursing skills such as:
- transferring patients
- calculating and delivering medications safely
- providing nutrition
- caring for acutely ill patients
Your time in the lab will build on what you are learning in your didactic courses, and every effort is made to assign patients in your clinical site to further reinforce skills and course content.
As you progress in your program, the simulation exercises become more focused to allow practice of more advanced skills pertinent to specific populations. You will be in the lab 2 -3 times each quarter, practicing advanced nursing care, for example, caring for central lines, assessment of the laboring woman and newborn infant and developmental approach to pediatric patients and their families. In your senior practicum, you will have the opportunity to refine the skills you have learned in a series of sessions designed to encourage critical thinking and prepare you for your career as a professional registered nurse.
In the course of your graduate studies, you can expect to spend about 30 hours learning physical examination skills in the Learning Lab. Depending on your track, you will practice advanced skills in the lab using mannequins, task training devices and simulated patients to provide you with the opportunity to practice techniques before performing them in the clinical setting. Time in the lab ranges from 16 – 20 hours per quarter, and labs are designed to reinforce what you are learning in your didactic courses.