The Joel Bishop Nursing Skills and Technology Center (NSTC) serves as a significant learning resource environment for the School of Nursing. Located on the fifth floor of the School of Nursing, the center is a multifunctional teaching and learning laboratory that provides an excellent opportunity for independent learning, self and mediated instruction, computer-based instruction, and the practice of nursing skills and critical thinking.
The NSTC is divided into three main learning environments: (a) on-line testing and distance education center,
(b) instructional skills lab, and (c) simulation labs.
The NSTC maintains an extensive collection of learning materials that enhances the learning
of problem solving and critical thinking, and fosters clinical skills acquisition. The center offers opportunities for teaching and learning in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.
Faculty and Staff
The Nursing Skills and Technology Center (NSTC) faculty and staff provide supportive services to faculty and students
in the educational components of the curriculum. With input from the School of Nursing faculty, the NSTC faculty identifies resources appropriate to support and enhance the curriculum, and meet specified outcomes for students. Some of the activities that the NSTC faculty and staff assist with, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provides a formal orientation to the use of the NSTC for new students in the School of Nursing.
- Provides guidance and instruction for students
- Acts as a resource for both faculty and students
- Acts as a liaison between the NSTC and individual courses in the curriculum
- Maintains learning equipment and supplies
- Assembles needed resources (i.e. equipment, supplies)
- Sets-up lab experiences
- Administers, grades, and posts tests for learning experiences in the NSTC. (ex. Dosage and calculation practice exam)
- The Information Technology (IT) Staff assists students with the utilization and troubleshooting of assigned computer based support instruction/software, as well as other resources available to students on computers located in the NSTC. The IT staff member also works with the School of Nursing Computer Support personnel on hardware troubleshooting and updates.
Students participate in independent learning using instructional media. Instructional media include resources such as computer assisted instruction software, interactive video computer programs, and audio/video programs. The hardware/equipment necessary to support these software holdings is available and located in a large, open carrel area that has varied patterns of workstations and seats. In an effort to meet student needs the NSTC provides numerous activities online.
The learning of nursing skills, an essential part of the curriculum, occurs in several laboratories available
for students to practice basic and advanced nursing skills during faculty supervised classes/demonstrations and independent practice time. Students can practice in the fifteen-bed hospital laboratory with each unit consisting of an hospital bed, bedside table, over bed table, bedside chair, hand washing facilities, and privacy curtains. This lab also includes functional head walls with suction and “oxygen”, as well as a heart monitor, emergency and traditional medicine carts, and a separate medication room with knee gate hand washing facilities. One smaller laboratory provides flexible space for a variety of lab experiences for both individual and small group instruction, e.g., IV therapy. Practice ranges from simple bed making to advanced skills
in intensive care. The NSTC contains the latest professional practice materials and models.
The Simulation Laboratories support undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes. They are located on the 5th and 2nd floors of the School of Nursing. High-fidelity simulators include: METI Man (2) Pre-hospital, HPS, Noelle newborn and newborn Hal. Anesthesia systems complete with medical gases and patient monitors compliment the simulators for reality based instruction and practice. These are also equipped with recording equipment which can be used for real time shared learning for future reference.
Additional services offered by the center include mastery based-testing and scoring that provides immediate
feedback to students, a secured testing area for students, including those students with special accommodations in all testing situations, a computer classroom set-up for small group computer instruction classes and graduate student
access to statistical software. Computers are available for students to access their e-mail, check for course information, print via pay paw, scan documents, word process and access the Internet .The student has access to various educational pamphlets models, and posters for patient teaching, as well as specific equipment such as titmus and audiometers for health screening in the community setting. There are two small group work rooms available to students upon request and availability. A student lounge is available for breaks and an additional study area.