Clinical Skills Lab

Using Technology to Enhance Deeper Learning

The Jacksonville University, Keigwin School of Nursing, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Skills Laboratory is dedicated to providing a positive and student-centered learning environment. The Skills lab contains 8 outpatient examination tables and several workstations that allow the students to practice and master physical assessment and skills for the undergraduate and graduate specialty programs. Jacksonville University students interact with simulated persons (SP’s) or actors portraying the roles of patients and family members in the Skills Lab to enhance their clinical training and interpersonal skills. The Skills Lab is also home to our Anatomage table which is a 3-D computer-generated cadaver imaging system to help facilitate interactive learning. 

Skills Lab Anatomage Table

The Skills Lab is managed by a team of experts who are passionate about equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to be competent and confident in the professional healthcare environment. The Skills Lab collaborates with multiple healthcare science disciplines to strengthen learning and optimize student outcomes by utilizing innovative approaches to experiential learning. The goal of the Skills Lab is to help students bridge the gap between the classroom and the clinical setting. The Skills Lab provides a safe space for students to practice their clinical skills in a low-risk environment before interacting with patients in the clinical setting.

Students and Teacher Skills Classroom

Mission Statement

The Simulation Training and Applied Research (STAR) Center and Skills Lab at the Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Keigwin School of Nursing provides learners with invaluable experiential learning that complements our interdisciplinary course curriculum. The STAR Center and Skills Lab provides a safe and conducive learning environment for students. This includes the incorporation of communication skills, teamwork, clinical assessment, and skills proficiency. We provide the opportunity for our students to develop critical thinking, clinical judgment, and diagnostic reasoning for our culturally diverse and medically complex community. The focus of the STAR & Skills Lab is to provide a safe space for our students to improve upon quality and patient centered care.


Standardized Patient Program

 Standardized Patient Program

Lab Request Form

 Lab Request Form

Standardized Patient Request Form

 Standardized Patient Request Form

Standardized Patient Cue Card Template

 Standardized Patient Cue Card Template

Diverse Patient Care Environments

The Skills Lab teaches patient care by allowing students to utilize:

Undergraduate Nursing

  • IV Arms with blood return
  • Alaris IV Pumps
  • Wound Care task trainers
  • Pelvic trainers for Indwelling Urinary Catheterization
  • Chester Chest Vascular Simulator for Central Line, PICC line, and Port Access
  • Tracheostomy Care Trainer
  • Cardionics Simscope and Wearable Simulator
  • Nasogastric tube (NG tube) Model
  • Kangaroo Pump for Enteral Feeding
  • Medication Carts with Workstations on Wheels and Bar Code Medication Administration
  • Vital Sign and Assessment Headwalls 

Graduate Nursing

  • Suture Skills Trainer
  • Ear/Nose Throat Trainer with iPads
  • Pelvic and Breast trainers
  • Prostate trainers
  • Arterial line Trainer
  • Central Line, PICC Line insertion trainer with ultrasound capabilities
  • Assessment Kits
  • Auscultation Torso Trainers
  • Cardionics Simscope and Wearable Simulator
  • Abdominal Trainer
  • High Fidelity Manikins

Learning the fundamental nursing skills begins the scaffolding process of incorporation of curricular based simulation that is incorporated throughout the undergraduate and graduate nursing program. The nursing faculty and staff maintain a positive learning environment with a focus on teaching students to provide safe, quality care to the adult and pediatric patient population. Nursing students start with practicing patient care in the Skills Lab and STAR Center and progress to providing high quality, safe patient care in the acute care setting.

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