Nursing Skills Lab

The Nursing Skills Lab is a realistic clinical environment for you to practice the application of nursing theory as an undergraduate nursing student. The lab is an essential bridge between classroom learning and real-world nursing practice, filled with equipment and simulation tools. Outside of course-related events, the Nursing Skills Lab is reserved and available for independent, self-directed student practice.

 group of spu student nurses

Once you are admitted to the Nursing program as an undergraduate, you will use the Nursing Skills Lab as part of your practicum courses. Each quarter, practicum courses focus on different skills associated with the course objectives for that quarter, which build on the skills learned in previous quarters. The lab is a place for you to practice application of nursing theory. Through your practice, you will learn skills such as:

  • Basic care and mobility (principles of basic hygiene, use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, or canes)
  • Comprehensive and focused physical assessment skills
  • Principles of medication administration (oral, topical, inhaled, intravenous, and more)
  • Principles of sterile technique
  • Urinary catheter insertion and maintenance
  • Principles of IV therapy

Specialty practicum courses also include content related to nursing care for peri-partum, pediatrics, mental health, and community health.

During your junior year, you’ll spend at least 194 hours in the lab for course-related instruction/simulation and required independent study hours. During your senior year, you’ll focus more on practice hours in the community, spending an average of 20 hours per quarter in the lab for course-related activities and independent practice.


The Nursing Skills Lab features:

  • A wireless adult patient simulator manikin, for use in simulating realistic patient care scenarios
  • A large-screen HD TV and Apple TV for instruction and simulation exercises, and an audiovisual recording system for skills assessment
  • 10 hospital beds
  • Two exam tables with foot-controlled height adjustment (like those used in an outpatient care provider’s office)
  • A transfer chair, for moving patients laterally from bed to stretcher without any lifting on the part of the caregiver
  • A ceiling lift and mobile passive lift, for safely transferring patients with limited mobility
female spu student learning in nursing school lab

Why I Teach at SPU

Emily Kelly, Director, Nursing Clinical Learning Lab

“I teach at SPU because I am excited about the opportunity to mentor and inspire a new generation of nurses. Many of my own undergraduate nursing professors here at SPU profoundly impacted both my personal and my professional growth; their investment in my learning inspires me to do the same for the next generation of nurses.”

Giselle Tayal

Giselle Tayal’s Story

“When I was a child, I spent most of my days in and out of the hospital being sick with malaria. My mother received basic training from the Red Cross that taught her how to care for my siblings and me when we were sick. Her care, combined with that of medical personnel, set an example and inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.”