What is the Nursing Clinical Resource Laboratory?
The Nursing Clinical Resource Laboratory (NCRL) provides a controlled educational environment where nursing students put knowledge into practice and refine the skills needed to be competent in the clinical setting. The lab is designed to simulate the patient care setting and specialty practice areas. Students have the opportunity to learn fundamental nursing skills as well as the advanced nursing skills that they will encounter in clinical practice. The development of critical thinking is also an integral part of the lab experience.
This milieu is a vital component of the academic preparation of students as they become practitioners of the art and science of nursing.
The integration of technology into clinical practice is achieved through lab experiences that provide hands-on skills augmented by computer interactives. The virtual intravenous trainer provides students with the opportunity to learn intravenous skills and to practice within a virtual environment. Human patient simulators add to the realism of patient care. Simulation scenarios are chosen to enhance the learning experience through decision making and prioritization.
Eastern University Department of Nursing gratefully acknowledges the support of the McLean Contributionship for their generous funding awards for the mobile medication carts, the birthing simulator, adult and infant human patient simulators, and video-recording equipment. These items provide our students with excellent educational opportunities in the NCRL and assist them in learning safe, competent nursing care.