Nursing Simulation Labs and Skills Labs

Becoming a nurse takes more than just learning nursing concepts. It takes hands-on practice. Experiential learning deepens your understanding of essential nursing skills and concepts, requiring you to apply critical thinking skills as you learn by doing. Whether you participate in our hybrid or on-ground ABSN, this in-person component to your education is instrumental in preparing you to provide high-quality patient care.

Felician University’s state-of-the-art Nursing Resource and Simulation Center is where you build on what you’re learning in your coursework, providing you with a safe, risk-free place to practice so that you enter clinicals — and the nursing profession — ready to change lives.

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Skills Labs

Before you can jump in and perform a life-saving procedure, you need to have a thorough mastery of basic nursing techniques. Skills labs at our Nursing Resource and Simulation Center afford you the opportunity to hone essential nursing skills like checking vital signs and inserting a catheter or IV — and in a realistic environment using medical simulators and advanced medical equipment just like you’ll find in hospitals and health centers around the country.

Your skills labs will teach you how to perform fundamental nursing skills, such as:

  • Performing head-to-toe assessments
  • Checking patients’ vital signs (e.g., breathing, blood pressure, pulse)
  • Nasogastric intubation
  • Administering wound care

Learning how to perform these skills in a safe, controlled setting without risking harm to real-life patients helps students build their confidence, so they can enter clinical rotations prepared to carry out fundamental nursing duties.

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Nursing Simulation Labs

Of course, while basic nursing skills are essential, you have to be able to apply critical thinking to solve problems, figure out what is going on with a patient and respond to situations that can change rapidly. Nursing simulation labs immerse you in life-like care situations, forcing you to make decisions based on everything you’ve learned and observed.

In nursing simulation labs you’ll treat high-tech medical manikins that can simulate several medical conditions and scenarios with startling accuracy — they can even talk and experience allergic reactions — and in a setting that feels every bit like a real hospital. This could mean treating someone with diabetes, reacting to a patient who has gone into cardiac arrest or delivering a baby.

Immediately following these simulated exercises, you’ll meet with your lab instructors and classmates to debrief, giving you the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about what you did right and wrong. These debriefs not only provide you with insights into your own thinking and reactions; they allow your instructors to tailor future exercises, lessons, and discussions around areas where you and your cohort need help.

Start Your Nursing Journey Today

Fill out the form and we will put you in contact with one of our admissions counselors. We’ll show you how our Nursing Resource and Simulation Center will help prepare you for a future in nursing.