The Joel Bishop Nursing Skills and Technology Center (NSTC) serves as a significant learning resource environment for the School of Nursing. The NSTC is a multifunctional teaching and learning laboratory that provides an excellent opportunity for independent learning, self and mediated instruction, and simulation based learning. The center offers opportunities for teaching and learning in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.
The NSTC is divided into two main learning environments. Located on the fifth floor of the SON are the Clinical Learning/ Hospital and IV Skills Lab, and four simulation labs. These four simulation labs along with two simulation labs and 2 debriefing rooms located on the second floor comprise the SC.
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 NSTC lab experiences
Students participate in independent learning using instructional media. Instructional media include resources are available via a link on the NSTC webpage.
Hospital and IV Skills Laboratories
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 Center
The Simulation Center supports undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes. High-fidelity simulators include: Two METI Man Pre-hospital models; one METI Man Nursing model; one Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Pediatric; and one Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Baby and are located on the 5th floor of the SON. One high-fidelity Human Patient Simulator (HPS), Noelle with newborn, and Newborn HAL are located on the 2nd floor of the SON. Anesthesia systems complete with medical gases and patient monitors compliment the HPS 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 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. Students have 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.
The Information Technology (IT) Staff is responsible for all aspects of computer based testing and assists the NSTC faculty and staff with computer related issues.