Labs and Policies

Nursing Skills Laboratory
 

Policies
Philosophy
Contact Information

The Nursing Skills Laboratory at College of DuPage provides an environment for all nursing department program students to practice and demonstrate nursing skills. Mannequins, models and other equipment provide a non-threatening, hands-on learning environment for skill acquisition. 

Policies 

The following policies are in effect at the COD Nursing Skills Laboratory:

Nursing Open Lab Policies
Our open laboratory includes a variety of equipment and supplies to support your ability to practice and meet the objectives of the Nursing program.

Nursing Laboratory (Practice Lab) - HSC 2142
The lab is open and equipped for your ongoing nursing proficiency practice needs. You will perform simulated practice until you have mastered the skill/procedure to the point where you can pass your return demonstration and safely perform the skill/procedure in the clinical setting.

In order to allow active learning to take place, certain policies regarding the lab have been established and must be observed by all:

  1. Lab Hours: Hours will be posted in the lab, explained to you in your lab classes and posted on the student portal and nursing lab webpage.  Lab hours are continually evaluated; if any changes are necessary, you will be notified by these means.
  2. Personal belongings (i.e. Coats and books) are not lab staff responsibility. Please make sure that they are neatly placed out of the way for the consideration of other students.
  3. No eating or drinking in the lab. When taking a break outside the lab, use a waste container provided.
  4. If any of the mannequins or equipment is not working properly, report immediately to the lab staff so that it may be repaired. Report any and all incidents or malfunctions to the lab staff.
  5. Lab staff members are available for assistance as needed during independent study/practice. Skill performance will be evaluated by faculty.
  6. After practicing skills, straighten unit/area so it is ready for the next student. Chairs should be replaced under the tables when leaving the area. Pick up any waste materials observed on the floor and place in trash containers. Return any lab issued supplies or equipment to designated location; example - needle and syringes to syringe box in designated areas. Wipe up all spills on floors. Keep beds in appropriate position with linens straightened before leaving and side rails in upright position. Replace manikins neatly in the bed. Turn off all over bed lights.
  7. The lab must maintain a study atmosphere; therefore, children and visitors are NOT allowed.
  8. Bulletin board space is provided for general announcements and specific module announcements. It is the student's responsibility to read the bulletin boards whenever they come into the lab. Keeping up to date with items posted is your responsibility.

Note: Students are responsible for checking the student portal for updates and announcements.
** If a latex or betadine allergy exists or is suspected, please notify your clinical instructor and the lab personnel. **

Associate Degree Nursing Program Policies

 

First Year Return Demonstrations and Second Year HAT Returns

If a student fails a first attempt, they lose the points for that return demonstration if points are awarded. Students are not allowed to retest on the same day, after failing their first attempt, in order to practice and learn from mistakes made.

If a student fails a second attempt:

  • They need to get a SBAR from the lab faculty member who evaluated that attempt.
  • The slip must be discussed and signed with the clinical instructor.
  • An email is sent by the clinical instructor to the full-time faculty for that course, "cc"ing the lab at nursinglab@cod.edu, indicating the second attempt skill failure and need for the student to remediate with full-time faculty.
  • Full-time faculty will determine who will remediate the skill with the student, and that faculty member will set the deadline for the third demonstration.
  • The student will meet with the designated faculty member, bringing the signed SBAR form for discussion, be retaught the skill, and is required to practice in the lab (sign-in dates and times will be noted).
  • Two full-time faculty will be present for the third return demonstration.
  • The full-time faculty member will contact the clinical instructor regarding the outcome.

If a student fails a third attempt this will result in the establishment of a second SBAR form related to critical thinking and professionalism between the student and the clinical instructor.

  • The contract will state that all future skill demonstrations will be successful by the third attempt.
  • Failure to fulfill the terms of the second SBAR form will indicate that the student did not successfully meet the objectives of the course.

Lab Final Failures

If a student fails the first attempt they lose the points for the final, go to the practice lab, and then repeat the skill at the end of student testing.

If a student fails a second attempt:

  • They need to get a SBAR from the lab faculty evaluating that attempt.
  • Full-time faculty will determine who will remediate the skill with the student, and that faculty member will set the deadline for the third demonstration.
  • The student will meet with the designated faculty member, bringing the signed SBAR form for discussion, be retaught the skill, and is required to practice in the lab (sign in dates and times will be noted).
  • Two full-time faculty will be present for the third return demonstration.
  • The full-time faculty member will contact the clinical instructor regarding the outcome.

Cancelation of Scheduled Return Time

  • Cancelation of a return must occur the day prior to the scheduled time slot, so that someone else may test during that time.
  • Failure to give prior notice the day before will count as a missed return demonstration and points for that return demonstration will be forfeited.
  • In addition, three or more cancelations will be noted and brought to the clinical instructor's attention; issues of professionalism may be discussed.

No Show for a Scheduled Return Time

Failure to give prior notice the day before will count as a missed return demonstration and points for that return demonstration will be forfeited.

Missing Return Deadlines

  • Return demonstration deadlines will be posted in the labs.
  • Return demonstrations must be successfully completed by the deadline.
  • First return demonstrations should NOT be scheduled on the deadline date.
  • Failure to complete the return demonstration successfully by the deadline will result in the establishment of a SBAR form related to professionalism between the student and the clinical instructor/faculty of record.
  • The SBAR form will state that all future deadlines will be met.
  • Failure to fulfill the terms of the SBAR form will indicate that the student did not successfully meet the objectives of the course.
     

Philosophy 

The Nursing Skills Laboratory mission is in accord with the mission of College of DuPage, as well as the philosophies of the Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division programs. The mission acknowledges that each student will receive a quality education, training, information and cultural opportunities. The Nursing Skills Laboratory will continue to serve students as part of an innovative institution that provides a powerful learning environment for all.

Nursing Lab Contact Information

Nursing Lab Office
(630) 942-8398

Donna Perchatsch
Nursing Lab Manager
(630) 942-3839

Simulation Hospital
(630) 942-2539

Simulation Center
(630) 942-4258

 

Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

 

Spring 2014 Open Lab Hours

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed