Nursing Simulation Labs

As a Harding University accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing student, you’ll learn critical nursing concepts as part of the online component of our ABSN curriculum. However, you can’t become a confident nurse without hands-on experience. You’ll do just that during an important part of the ABSN nursing track: nursing simulation labs and nursing skills labs.

At our ABSN program site in Rogers, Arkansas, you’ll work with instructors and classmates on developing your nursing skills and clinical judgment using high-tech medical manikins and high-tech healthcare equipment. Here, you’ll also gain confidence in developing critical nursing skills before doing so in a real-world clinical environment.

nursing students using calculator on phone

Skills Labs

Our accelerated BSN skills labs emulate the hospital setting and feature state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies you’d expect to use in that environment. You’ll also utilize realistic medical manikins, so you never have to worry about harming a human patient while you learn. In addition to the nursing theory knowledge learned in the online portion of our ABSN program, in this facility you’ll work to master such nursing skills as:

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

Simulation Labs

Another key element of our hands-on curriculum involves putting practiced nursing skills into action during nursing simulation labs. Simulation labs offer a risk-free environment in which students explore patient care scenarios that challenge their critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

Harding ABSN student in clinical setting with manikin

During the ABSN track, students engage in mock clinical scenarios that focus on specific learning objectives. This means you’ll take on the roles of a patient, family member, doctor or nurse to gain perspective from all sides of a situation and learn how to problem solve and communicate on the job.

During this portion of your ABSN education, the goal isn’t to get everything perfect the first time. Rather, nursing simulation labs are a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them.

In fact, following each simulation, you’ll engage in debriefing sessions with instructors and classmates to reflect on the experience and learn without judgment.

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

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