So, my school has a pretty nice simulation lab. Students are allowed to schedule time in there or just practice when there isn't a class using the lab.
My concern is: I'm afraid to utilize the skills lab. I'm afraid I'm going to use something to practice that I'm not supposed to or be accused of "wasting" things or "fooling around".
For example: even though I'm FAR away from learning this skill, I'd like to practice ET intubation. Our skills lab has laryngoscopes and intubation dummies. However, since I'm not in a class that's even DISCUSSED intubation, I'm all paranoid that someone would say something about me like accusing me (again), of "playing around". Furthermore, I'd like to just take a look at all the equipment in the lab and learn how everything works so I'm not dumbfounded the first time It's introduced.
Essentially, this entire LINE of thinking prevents me from wanting to do ANYTHING in the skills lab, even anything related to class.
Does anyone else feel like this in regards to their skills lab?
Lori: You're asking me why someone should practice and learn skills they haven't been formally taught yet (but will certainly be taught eventually) on their own? I'd say the reason is because if a person is enthusiastic about learning new skills and is WANTING to enrich their education in a practical way outside of class time because the practice of nursing is their passion, that they're likely bound to be a great nurse, and that beating that enthusiasm out of them is not a very good way to advance the profession. That sounds like a type of "if it's not on the test, it's not worth learning about" mentality to me.
Practicing blood pressures is fine and all, but that can be done at home. Many essential nursing skills require the use of equipment that you can't just pick up for $15 at CVS (blood pressure cuffs are pretty damn cheap).
Last edit by Axmann on Sep 26, '13