Hands-On Nursing Simulation and Skills Labs

A vital part of your nursing education, nursing skills and simulation labs serve to bridge what you’re learning in your online nursing theory courses with the real-world patient care scenarios you can expect to experience during clinical rotations.

While you can complete the nursing theory coursework component of the Averett ABSN program online from anywhere, you must attend regularly scheduled labs at our Norfolk ABSN Program Site. We designed this facility to be a safe environment for you to practice and refine your clinical skills alongside your peers and under the guidance of experienced faculty.

In addition to individualized attention from instructors, you’ll also have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including realistic medical manikins on which to develop foundational nursing skills and hone your clinical judgement.

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Skills Labs

The best way to master nursing skills is by doing, which is exactly why the lab portion of our ABSN curriculum is so important to your nursing education. In a realistic and safe mock clinical environment, you’ll attend nursing skills labs multiple times each week, during which you’ll practice fundamental nursing skills such as:

  • Head-to-toe assessments
  • Wound care
  • Catheter and IV insertion
  • Nasogastric insertion

Additionally, labs are also available outside of course-related use for you to gain confidence in your skills.

Simulation Labs

Once you have enough nursing skills practice under your belt, you’ll shift more of your focus to applying them in mock patient care scenarios during nursing simulation labs. This portion of your nursing education is about as close to a real-world clinical scenario as you can get — the main difference, of course, is that you’ll be practicing realistic patient care skills on computerized medical manikins instead of on real patients.

Participating in simulation labs also gives you the chance to hone problem solving, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in context without the fear of harming a real patient, so it’s perfectly OK if you make mistakes.

Each simulation focuses on specific learning objectives, which become more complex as you progress through the program, and will require you to work alongside a group of your peers to “treat” one of our manikins. These high-tech patient stand-ins may not be real, but they were made to simulate a variety of realistic conditions ranging from allergic reactions to bleeding, which our instructors can manipulate from a control booth. It’s up to you and your peers to think on your feet and determine the best course of action.

After each simulation, you’ll participate in a debriefing session with your instructor and classmates to discuss the experience. These sessions are important because they help you learn from your mistakes and get constructive, honest feedback from instructors on your approach in a judgment-free setting.

Contact us to learn more about the nursing skills and simulation lab component of our ABSN curriculum.

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