Labs are an opportunity for you to learn and practice the foundations of nursing skills. Here you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers and demonstrator to develop your nursing practice as it relates to your clinical courses. Each clinical course has a specific area of focus and will build in complexity each year. In year one you will learn how to incorporate relational practice as you perform your nursing skills. For example, you will learn about providing personal care. Personal care includes interventions such as such as assisting with bathing. In lab you will be learning the psychomotor skills required for assisting with bathing and how to be present with your client taking into account and their needs through active listening.
Active listening is an important part of relational practice where you learn how to ask questions, build empathy and collaborate with the patient themselves, their family and health team. You will work towards becoming comfortable and confident with your nursing practice and in sensitive situations for vulnerable persons.