How to Practice for Skills Lab (LPN)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 So, a Skills Lab.

    00:02 An excellent place for you to practice how to safely give medications, administer injections, hang IV fluids, start IV, and the list goes on and on.

    00:14 As an LPN, this is where you shine.

    00:18 Here's one of my favorite things that I like about LPN school.

    00:23 LPN schools wants you to get good at skills, really good.

    00:28 This is a strength about this particular certification.

    00:31 And that technical skills for the LPN is a strong area of their nursing practice.

    00:38 This is an area where I 100% feel that LPN new graduates usually excel over RNs.

    00:46 I can personally say that when I had LPN students, they were not afraid to go start an IV and perform clinical skills in clinical on real patients, because their training in school had emphasized it.

    01:00 As a new LPN in my unit, I was frequently asked to go start an IV because some of the RN colleagues didn't want to do it.

    01:08 They felt uncomfortable with the skill or just didn't have as much exposure to it.

    01:14 And I've always told my students that the only way to get good at IV starts is to continue to attempt the skill.

    01:23 Now, before clinical or real time with patients, you should practice it, right.

    01:29 Practice makes perfect or at least safely competent.

    01:33 The best part about the skills lab is that you're learning skills where it is safe to make mistakes.

    01:40 And a faculty will watch you at the end of the lab to make sure you are accurately performing the skill and first and foremost are being safe.

    01:50 We call this a check off.

    01:53 Now, why is this important that you are safe? Because at some point, you're going to be doing this to a real patient.

    02:00 And yes, you can harm them.

    02:02 So you check off, but then maybe the next lab, you move on to another skill.

    02:07 This doesn't mean you have mastered that previous skill.

    02:10 You still have to practice.

    02:13 You really want to invest in your ability to perform this skill almost is like muscle memory like shooting a basketball.

    02:22 If you sat down, I have equipment in front of me for example, I should be able to use this equipment accurately to start an IV.

    02:30 So again, practice. This is important.

    02:34 There will not be enough time in skills lab for you to have ample practice.

    02:40 So do it at home.

    02:41 Practice on anything, you can get your hands on a stuffed animal, a willing victim, I mean...

    02:47 a friend, a partner, spouse, really whoever will let you.

    02:52 Blood pressure measurements are a great thing to do with actual people.

    02:57 And you can practice that on a lot of wheeling family members or friends.

    03:02 Just use whatever makes sense for the skill you're practicing.

    03:07 Also, remember, we've got lots of Lecturio videos showing you step by step guides on how to perform these skills.

    03:16 But mainly, repetition is key.

    03:19 Having time to think through what you're doing? Why you're doing it? And what order you got to do it in, is a must.

    03:27 So at home or outside of your designated lab time is vital.

    03:32 Practice so much that it almost becomes automatic like riding a bike.

    03:38 This is a goal.

    03:40 A few other ideas if you're trying to master a skill.

    03:44 One thought is to number the steps in a stepwise fashion to complete the skill.

    03:50 Practice it with looking at the steps.

    03:53 Then take away the reference and see if you can do it by memory.

    03:58 Then repeat.

    04:00 It's okay if you don't remember it via memory the first time around.

    04:05 Keep practicing.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture How to Practice for Skills Lab (LPN) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Build Confidence for Skills Lab (LPN) (Nursing).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Practice the skill outside of the skills lab.
    2. It is okay to make mistakes while practicing; practice makes perfect.
    3. Create a list of steps for the skill.
    4. Repeat the skill.
    5. Skills cannot be practiced outside of the skills lab.
    1. Practicing in the skills lab and at home.
    2. Becoming more familiar with the equipment.
    3. Realizing it is okay to make mistakes in the skills lab.
    4. Practicing only in the skills lab.
    5. Stop practicing once the skill has been successfully completed three times.

    Author of lecture How to Practice for Skills Lab (LPN)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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