The University of Tampa’s Department of Nursing Skills and
Simulation Laboratory is where nursing skills are taught and practiced in a
safe, risk free environment. The on campus lab simulates acute hospital
and long term care settings, with medical supplies and equipment similar to
those used in real health care facilities. In addition, there is a room
designed as an ICU which includes authentic emergency equipment, emergency cart
and a defibrillator.
The UT Nursing Skills and Simulation Laboratory is equipped with low to high
fidelity manikins including the highly technical SimMan™ and SimBaby™, and an
electronic birthing manikin, Noelle™. A video recording system is present for
use during realistic patient care simulations, making performance feedback
readily available to the student. Also within the laboratory, there is a health
assessment lab with patient examination rooms similar to a primary care office
in which both graduate and undergraduate students practice obtaining health assessment and
physical examination skills.
Students are able to practice nursing skills at the UT Nursing Skills and
Simulation Lab during open lab time, scheduled throughout each week on a
regular basis. A nursing student lab assistant is available during open lab
time to assist students with skill acquisition and practice. Students are
encouraged to utilize the lab beginning with
their initial sophomore nursing courses.