On-Site Skills and Nursing Simulation Labs

As an ABSN student, you will regularly attend skills and nursing simulation labs at our facility north of Seattle, Washington, in Lynnwood — so you must live within driving distance. Through a series of lab exercises, our instructors teach you how to convert the nursing concepts you learned online into psychomotor skills.

PLU nursing students working in sim lab and looking at computer monitors
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Nursing Skills Labs

Accelerated BSN skills labs educate you on the safe, effective application of basic nursing procedures, such as catheterization, intramuscular injections, nasogastric tube insertion and wound care. You can practice and hone your skills in the lab using clinical task trainers and full-body medical manikins.

This is an opportunity for students to apply their learned classroom skills and gain an understanding of the real-world application. The focus of nursing skills labs is to practice essential nursing skills in a safe setting, without the pressures of working with real-life patients or the complications of real-life clinical settings.

student practicing suturing
PLU nursing students working with lab equipment

Nursing Simulation Labs

Nursing simulation labs provide a realistic platform for you to intervene in diverse patient care scenarios. From an adjacent control room, our faculty observes how well you integrate theory, practice and reasoning in real-time clinical scenarios.

Following a simulation, you will participate in a debriefing session with your instructor and classmates to discuss the exercise. You will be encouraged to reflect on the experience, allowing your instructor to understand your actions and clinical approach. These sessions are learning lessons with no criticism, only constructive feedback.

Real World Experience

Nursing simulation labs provide you with hands-on, real world experience to prepare you for clinical rotations and your nursing career. Through immersive simulation labs, you encounter a variety of scenarios ranging in complexity that you will experience once working as a registered nurse.

Challenging you to think critically, problem-solve and collaborate, these learning exercises teach you how to apply your skills within the context of broad clinical practice. You also build mental models, which develops your capacity to think on your feet. Either a high-fidelity manikin or a trained individual carries out the patient role during a simulation.

Overall, lab experiences develop your individual and team-based nursing competencies in a risk-free environment where we see mistakes as valuable learning opportunities. Labs also help remove the fear of the unknown, making it easier for you to transition into clinical rotations.

nursing students practicing suturing

For More Information

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