I am a new nursing educator. I have been asked to assume responsibility for managing and updating our skills lab (ADN RN program). I have never taught skills, and my own experience in the skills lab (as a student) was a long time ago...
Can anyone point me in the direction of good resources for a new skills lab manager? I need to start from the ground up. How do I know that we are teaching the specific skills that our students most need to know? Who sets the standards for the 'right' way to do each individual skill? How do I make the most effective use of our (very limited) skills lab hours?
We currently use the Potter and Perry Fundamentals Textbook, a set of Mosby skills DVD's, and an old lab guide written by a faculty member quite a few years ago. I have 10-12 faculty members working in different sections of our skills lab and they all seem to have different ideas on what should be taught and how.
I am looking for any professional organizations, standards of practice, national educational standards, evidence-based and professionally-vetted sources of information about skills lab instruction for RN students.
Any and all advice is welcome!!