The Nursing Simulation Lab, room 307 in Murphy Hall, is an important part of your nursing
education. The lab has equipment, simulators, manikins, supplies, printed resources, CD's, video,
audio tapes and computer resources to facilitate multi-sensory learning of technical,
interpersonal and critical thinking skills. It is staffed by the Nursing Simulation Lab Coordinator and
Laboratory Teaching Assistants (LTAs), who are selected nursing
students. The nursing laboratory team strive to:
Project a service oriented, supportive, respectful and friendly attitude.
Demonstrate, teach, and explain, with a focus on rationales.
Move from the simple to the complex, and from that which is familiar to the relatively unfamiliar.
Respectfully require a high, but reachable, level of competence.
The Nursing Simulation Lab and the lab team are available for
unsupervised independent practice, guided practice, and for validations.
Respectfully interact with faculty, LTAs, and each other.
Responsibly utilize supplies and equipment.
Bring supplies needed for practice and validation which have
been issued to them; unfortunately, supplies cannot and will not be
Dress modestly, avoiding an exposed midriff and a low neckline.
Wear a lab jacket or MWSU nursing uniform or polo with name tag
Take all lab practices and validations seriously to achieve
competence; practice as many times as personally necessary to become
competent; each student has a professional responsibility to
current and future patients to be competent.
Complete required learning and testing of related knowledge;
read and understand all relevant criteria prior to a guided practice
Be prepared for and keep guided practice and validation
Bring a partner / patient actor to guided practice and
validation sessions if one is required.
Participate in a debriefing session after each guided practice
When relevant, bring the book Skill
Checklists to Accompany Taylor's Clinical Nursing and Taylor's Clinical Nursing Skills to each
guided practice and validation.
With the express permission of the performing student, and if
the LTA is comfortable with it, other students may quietly observe a
Students will not be allowed to observe a
A brief but appropriate introduction and explanation to the
patient should be done during every guided practice and validation.
Hand sanitation and patient ID verification are routine safety
issues and must be done during guided practices and
Leaving the side of a bed unattended with the side rail down is
a safety issue. Leaving the bed in other than the lowest
position when care is terminated is a safety issue.
Unless directed otherwise by attending faculty, "verbalizing" a
task (such as hand sanitation) is not acceptable
during guided practice or validation.
Unless directed otherwise in writing by the faculty, the LTA
will do no helping / coaching during the
Unless directed otherwise in writing by the faculty, the student
may use no written prompts during a validation.
If there is any unsafe practice that is not self-acknowledged
and/or self-corrected before the unsafe action is executed, the LTA
as a rule will not point out an unrecognized unsafe action until the
completion of the validation.
The Lab Teaching Assistant observing the validation will record
details on the Validation Form about the performance and the
student's clinical instructor will decide if the performance was
satisfactory or if additional practice and revalidation are needed.
Scheduling for guided practices and validations with an LTA will be
done electronically by each student according to the
directions below. Each student must schedule for and
perform by herself/himself only unless the activity listed on
the scheduling system and states for two students such as: Hygiene and
Transferring for 2 students. In this case one student will
schedule and bring another student along. Both students should be
able to complete the procedure in the time allotted.
Go to the Department of Nursing Home Page
Click on the link to the Nursing Lab
Enter your GoldLink User Name and password
Follow the online instructions.
The electronic scheduling program will automatically schedule
you for the appropriate length of time for the activity.
Canceling an appointment up to 24 hours of the appointment time
can be done online.
Canceling appointments at the last minute or just missing the appointment due to lack of preparation is not appropriate and courteous to others. If due to an emergency an appointment needs to be cancelled at a time when there is less than 24 hours remaining until the appointment, please contact Machelle Skinner, Simulation Lab Coordinator, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 816-271-4162. Missed appointments will be reported to the faculty member who assigned the guided practice or validation.
We in the Nursing Simulation Lab desire to serve you well. We want and appreciate your feedback. Positive ratings and comments are as helpful as comments to help us improve. When you open the Nursing Lab web page, there is a link on the left hand of the page titled
"How did I do/LTA Evaluation". On the web page, there is also a link to the suggestion box. We invite your suggestions. You are also welcome to give suggestions and feedback to Machelle Skinner, Simulation Lab Coordinator, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 816-271-4162.