Hi! I am an instructor in the Clincal Skills Lab (mock hospital unit) at a Nursing College. I am looking for suggestions and feedback from students nurses from all over the place.
I have gotten feedback from my own students about what they like and dislike in our lab but this is the only lab they know!
So I am asking for your help...what are the best and worst things about your Clinical Skills Labs?
What would you want more or less of?
What would make it a place that is not just from practicing skills but a welcoming and fun environment that is part of your everyday nursing school
I hope you can all help me out so that I can use your suggestions and pass them along to Clinical Nursing Instructors from other school and make your school experience that best that we can!
Thank you all!
Jan 31, '05
The only thing I can think of is relatively minor... be sure the temperature is comfortable in the room (if are able to control it). Ours is always freezing. Like I said, minor... but it's hard to concentrate and do things when you are shaking.
Ours lab was good (I don't use it this semester) but I would call it more serious than "fun" per se... although once I think we did have a contest to see who could match up a bunch of photos to their proper skin conditions the fastest.
PS... I am sort of assuming that you won't be having students do invasive procedures on each other as the above poster mentioned... I was appalled to see a student once post that they did NG tubes on each other... there is just no way I'd do something like that. We had to do breast exams on each other, you can imagine how well that went over (although as a breastfeeding counselor it didn't bother me as much as the others). We didn't have anything else that was controversial, we just went through system by system (for assessment class), last day we picked a system from a hat for the lab final.
Last edit by mitchsmom on Jan 31, '05