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Undergraduate Nurse Skills Kit

About the Nurse Skills Kit for undergraduate students

The UW School of Nursing Simulation Center (UWNSC) is dedicated to supporting students’ opportunities for hands-on and experiential learning. Our utmost priority is the safety of students during the use of these activities and we have implemented guidelines to maintain student safety and professional practice while using the contents of these kits. The undergraduate nurse kits are designed to provide students the supplies they need throughout their time in the program, whether they are learning a skill for the first time with an instructor or practicing skills before clinical learning experiences.

Many higher learning institutions throughout the United States are using Nurse Skills Kits to encourage the frequent deliberate practice (deliberate practice is systemic and purposeful practice with the intention of reaching a goal at the end of the session) of experiential activities for their students. These kits will be used in the simulation center as well as for the purposes of practicing skills at home. The Nurse Skills Kit are issued to the students through the simulation center, and it is the responsibility of the student to maintain the kit throughout their clinical academic career in congruence with experiential learning strategies. The students are only to use and open the contents as directed by faculty. The contents of the Nurse Skills Kits are not to be used on humans or animals and should be disposed of properly.

For more information about what is in the nurse skills kit, and policies regarding its use, see: Autumn 2021 UWSoN Nurse Skill Kits Policy and Guidelines

Along with supplies to practice skills, the  Nurse Kits come with a “Portable Simulation Training Kit”.

What is it?

The “sim lab in bag” is a simple yet useful tool that students can use to practice nursing skills away from the Simulation Center. It provides a variety of simulated parts that students can use to practice skills using their nurse kit supplies.

How did the School of Nursing get them?  When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the university had to quickly convert a brick-and-mortar curriculum to a remote format, and it was determined that more equipment was needed to allow students to practice psychomotor skills. Thanks largely to CARES Act funding that was obtained after the pandemic started, the School of Nursing purchased these kits to provide at no cost to students. The kits supplement student clinical learning in a remote setting. We continue to provide these kits, along with on-campus learning opportunities, as it is important for students to practice these skills frequently and whenever they can. Practice makes proficiency.

Why are we giving them to you? We provide them to encourage you to practice skills at home. We also encourage you to speak with your clinical instructors about using the kits to practice just-in-time skills at your clinical site.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Nurse Skills Kit

Why do I need a Nurse Skills Kit? The Nurse Skills Kit supplies will be required for in-class activities.  You can also use the Kit to practice skills in the comfort of your own home and to prepare for clinical activities with realistic supplies that you will see in the clinical setting.

How long do I have to use this kit? This kit will be used for your entire academic career for experiential or active (hands-on) learning practice, from your first clinical course NCLIN 301/NCLIN 306 to your final clinical course NCLIN 411.

What does my course fee cover? Course fees support the cost of simulation center equipment maintenance and replacement, additional consumables (such as gloves, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and skills supplies), and simulation center services.

How do I dispose of my sharps? You can use these resources: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safely-using-sharps-needles-and-syringes-home-work-and-travel/sharps-disposal-containers

What if I get injured while using the Nurse Skills Kit? In case of injury please notify simulation center staff, course faculty, and report the injury at: https://oars.ehs.washington.edu/Oars/