Onsite Nursing Simulation Labs

While you’ll learn critical nursing concepts as part of the online component of our ABSN curriculum, you can’t become a great nurse without hands-on experience. That’s why another key part of ABSN@UST involves nursing skills and simulation labs.

ABSN students working in skills lab

At our ABSN program site in the greater Houston area, you’ll work with instructors and classmates on developing and honing your nursing skills and clinical judgement using high-tech medical manikins and state-of-the-art equipment. Here, you’ll also gain confidence in developing critical nursing skills before doing so in a real-world clinical environment.

Skills Labs

Our accelerated BSN skills labs mimic the hospital setting and feature all the high-tech medical equipment and supplies you’d expect to find in such an environment as well as realistic medical manikins. Combined with nursing theory knowledge learned in the online portion of our ABSN program, you’ll use this facility and its tools to hone such nursing skills as:

  • Holistic head-to-toe assessment
  • Nasogastric (NG) tube insertion
  • Blood pressure and heart rate monitoring
  • Wound care

Simulation Labs

Once you master nursing skills, you’ll put them to the test during nursing simulation labs. It’s during these realistic patient care scenarios that students’ critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving skills will be challenged in a risk-free environment.

Two ABSN students working with simulation manikins

Throughout the program, students participate in mock clinical scenarios focused on specific learning objectives, taking on various roles — patient, family member, doctor or nurse — to gain key perspective from all sides of the situation and learn how to communicate effectively.

The goal of this portion of your accelerated nursing education isn’t to get everything perfect the first time. In fact, during nursing simulation labs, mistakes are encouraged! At the end of every simulation, you’ll participate in debriefing sessions with instructors and classmates to reflect on the experience and learn from it without judgement.

Contact us to learn more about how our nursing simulation labs combine with other parts of the ABSN@UST curriculum to prepare you for a solid nursing future.

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