Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
Clinical Skills Laboratory Practice Standards

The Clinical Skills Laboratory (CSL) makes available the opportunity for the student to learn and practice basic skills in preparation for the administration of quality care to the consumer. The lab setting contains updated learning resources such as audiovisual equipment, scientific charts and models, and disposable and non-disposable supplies utilized in patient care. The lab can provide a simulated hospital and clinical environment with various equipment and life size manikins to simulate patient care situations. Assigned time in the CSL is considered clinical experience.

Dress Standard – Clinical Skills Lab

CSL assignments include activities such as climbing in and out of bed, exposing parts of the body for assessment, and working in close proximity to other students. Recommended dress includes clothing which allows comfort during physical activity and consideration for modesty of all participants. Scrubs are acceptable attire in the CSL.  Individual faculty (course sections) may require students in the CSL to wear their Shasta College uniform (Student Dress Code Standard).
Master Performance Criteria (MPC) 
Philosophy:  Master Performance Criteria are sets of essential behaviors by which performance is measured to promote student and patient safety. Each criterion is a single, discrete, observable behavior achieving uniformity and objectivity. Uniform use of Master Performance Criteria promotes quality assurance and matriculation.  Development of Master Performance Criteria is a collaborative effort between nursing faculty based on current theory and practice.

Procedure:  The program’s faculty will determine which of the Mastery Performance Criteria will be used in their course of study. The Master Performance Criteria (MPC) will be available to the student.

The student is required to:

Step One

Bring their set of MPC to each session in the Clinical Skills Laboratory to guide practice with your name at the top of each page.

Step Two

Spend adequate time practicing a skill utilizing the MPC prior to skill return demonstration.

Step Three

Recognize that in the test situation the instructor acts as an evaluator and will not provide instruction or direction to the student.

Return Demonstrations
All students will do return demonstrations for specific clinical procedures.  Return demonstrations must be passed in the Clinical Skills Laboratory (CSL) prior to going into or returning to a clinical setting. If a student fails to demonstrate a procedure accurately, that individual will be afforded additional opportunities to demonstrate the procedure correctly (see individual Course Information Handouts for repeat opportunities). To facilitate success, the student should schedule and complete an adequate practice session before each subsequent return demonstration. 

If a student has successfully passed the Master Performance Criteria on skills associated with certain basic units of study while in a previous Shasta College nursing program, the REGN 2 Clinical Skills Laboratory sessions for those skills are optional. These basic skills include: Vital Signs, Intake and Output, Hygiene, Bed Making, and Bowel Care. Please contact your instructor during the first week of the semester if this policy may apply to you to make appropriate arrangements.

All students are encouraged to return to the CSL throughout the program to keep current on all skills. It is the responsibility of each individual student to be able to demonstrate competent nursing practice learned in previous semesters. You will be scheduled for specific CSL periods. If you need additional practice time, make arrangements with the CSL paraprofessional.  Please remember to be courteous to all other students utilizing the lab and respect their requirements for quiet and concentration.

Body Fluids CSL Standards 

No procedure will be carried out in the CSL or the classroom which involves body fluids (example: blood with blood glucose monitor or urine for sugar and acetone testing).  The skin will not be purposefully broken for any procedure (example: finger stick for blood glucose monitor or injection technique).  Procedures that involve the use of body fluids (urine, blood, etc.) will be conducted with simulated fluids. Invasive tests and/or procedures that require puncturing the skin will be simulated using appropriate fluids and manikins.