Nursing Skills and Simulation Labs

During the Direct Entry MSN program, you and a small group of peers will complete a series of nursing skills and simulation labs at our learning site in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, or at our Center for Clinical Simulation in Milwaukee. (The location of your labs will be determined by the site in which you are enrolled.)

Under the guidance of faculty, these labs will help prepare you for your clinical rotations—providing individualized learning experiences that teach you how to apply advanced nursing skills in a controlled, risk-free environment.

Lifelike Clinical Scenarios

Our nursing simulation labs get you as close as possible to real-world, high-pressure patient care situations, preparing you for your clinical rotations at various healthcare facilities in metro-Milwaukee, southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois. Covering a variety of clinical scenarios, these labs help develop your nursing skills through the use of real hospital equipment and patient care manikins in a mock clinical environment.

Working in a controlled environment with an instructor by your side gives you the chance to ask a lot of questions and hone your skills without the fear of putting a patient at risk. Nursing simulation labs are comprised of these three main steps:

  1. Preparation work for the specific clinical scenario
  2. Completion of the simulation under instructor supervision
  3. Performance evaluation and debriefing with the instructor

You’ll find our debriefing rooms are set up so that you can watch live simulations as well as play back your performance in a simulated activity, which is helpful during the learning process.

Advanced Learning Activities

Marquette MSN students practice skills before working with patients

Our anatomically correct, computerized patient care manikins help create realistic situations that are highly effective in helping you develop your critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills—all of which are essential to safe, competent patient care. Our simulated learning activities can also expose you to situations you may not encounter during your clinical rotations.

From giving birth to spurting blood, patient care manikins allow you to:

  • Apply advanced skills in high-risk trauma scenarios
  • Learn from and correct mistakes with instructor assistance
  • Practice working with others in patient care strategies

Practice Makes Perfect

Whereas the simulation labs will give you lifelike experience with a variety of scenarios, skills labs are the equivalent of learning to walk before you can run. In your skills labs, you’ll get an up-close-and-personal look at nursing skills in action, demonstrated by skilled instructors—along with plenty of practice applying them. From basic hygiene and sterilization to checking vitals, administering medications, and using medical equipment, our skills labs provide the technical skills you’ll use every day.

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

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