Wow, it amazes me how little instruction some of the schools
give their students.
We have a skills lab day once per week and mine is 8:30-10:20. We have readings to do the night before and videos to watch and every class meeting there is a quiz that is a good part of our grade. After the quiz, we talk about the skill to be done and we have it performed for us by the instructor and then a student volunteers ( or not) to perform it. then we all go to the different dummies and do it.
Our labs are pretty good, the dummies, talk, cough, have heartbeats, and bp's, they have trach's, and wounds, and you can insert cath's in them. One of our dummies even has lung sounds, adventicious (sp) and regular, as well as lung sounds and irregular heartbeats you can program into it.
We also have papers to write about one particular skill, but it's only 2 pages long. We also have practice hours available.
For testing, we do three mandatory and two regular CPE's and as long as we do everything that's on the check off list, we pass. We get two tries to get it right and I don't know of any student that's come up with me to fail the second time.