Nursing Skills and Simulation Labs

During your skills and nursing simulation labs, you’ll take the theories and fundamentals you learned during your ABSN courses and begin to apply them under the guidance of clinical instructors. These experiences help develop your individual and team-based nursing competencies in a risk-free environment.

Skills Development

Replicating the hospital environment, our nursing skills lab features advanced equipment, medical supplies, and manikins that enable you to practice your skills in a lifelike setting without adverse consequences. These labs teach you how to safely and effectively apply core nursing skills, such as:

  • Catheterization
  • Physical assessment
  • Nasogastric tube insertion
  • Tracheotomy care
  • Wound care

Simulated Practice

A group of Loyola Chicago accelerated nursing students during a nursing simulation lab.

Nursing simulation labs provide a realistic platform for you to intervene in diverse nursing scenarios without the fear of harming an actual patient. Challenging you to problem-solve, collaborate, and think critically, these learning activities teach you how to apply your skills within the context of broad clinical practice.

During the program, you’ll participate in a variety of simulations that support different learning objectives. Either a manikin or a trained individual will play the patient role. We sequence these simulations to follow a natural learning progression, giving you the opportunity to apply critical thinking skills to patient care.

Your first set of simulations will focus on the basics of nursing practice, such as patient safety and physical assessment. As you progress in the program, these simulations require the use of clinical judgment in caring for patients with complex needs.

After a simulation, you’ll participate in a debriefing session with faculty and other classmates to discuss the experience. During debriefing sessions, you will be encouraged to reflect on the experience within an open, honest setting, while giving faculty the opportunity to understand your actions and clinical approach. Overall, a debriefing session is a lesson in learning where there is no criticism, only constructive feedback.

Furthermore, nursing simulations help bring consistency to the learning process. They ensure you’re exposed to a wide variety of clinical challenges in the event a specific patient care experience doesn’t present itself during your rotations.

We use simulation as a teaching strategy. Your performance in simulation is not graded, allowing you to feel comfortable practicing skills and applying theoretical knowledge to care for patients in a safe learning environment. In simulation, we see mistakes as learning opportunities.

Nursing Lab Locations

Students enrolled in our online-based ABSN program complete their nursing skills labs and simulations at the Loyola Downers Grove ABSN Facility. Students enrolled in the onsite ABSN program complete their nursing skills labs and simulations at the Loyola Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois.

Contact us to learn more about our skills and nursing simulation labs.

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