As professional practice disciplines, nursing and midwifery are underpinned by a wide range of clinical skills and competencies.
Competency is the ability of professional nurses or midwives to practice safely and effectively within their scope of practice. Clinical skills include both technical skills (e.g. wound care and the administration of injections) and non-technical skills (e.g. clinical reasoning, clinical decision making, professional judgement, team working and communication). The acquisition of these skills is an integral component of the nursing and midwifery programmes at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.
Students develop their clinical competencies by applying theory to practice in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories. These laboratories provide students with the opportunity to practice a skill in a safe environment and to develop basic key competencies prior to providing direct patient care. As a result of becoming physically, emotionally and cognitively involved, students are able to integrate knowledge from diverse theoretical areas into their skills practice.
The clinical skills laboratories are an integral part of the UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems aiding the delivery of skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students and providing an important resource for research activities within the school.
The clinical skills laboratory suite consists of six teaching rooms, a dedicated office for managing the facility, an audio visual recording and editing hub, a treatment room, a sluice room and three equipment storage rooms. The six teaching rooms, also termed clinical skills laboratories, are simulated hospital wards containing 6 hospital beds each, bed tables, bedside oxygen and suctioning equipment to replicate the hospital ward setting and enable students to practice a variety of nursing skills.
A wide and varied catalogue of mannequins and models ranging from low to medium and high fidelity simulators are available in the clinical skills suite to assist the delivery of skills and aid the development of scenarios for the transfer of training in all strands of nursing and midwifery.