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SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND SCIENCE

Guidelines on Professional Behaviour in the Clinical Skills Laboratory

June 2010

CONTENTS

1. Clinical Skills Laboratory (CSL) 3
2. Purpose of Guidelines 3
3. CSL Staff 3
4. Opening Hours 4
5. Access to CSL 4
6. Layout of the CSL 4
6.1 Wards 5
6.2. SimMan 5
6.3. Community Apartment 6
7. Skills Training 6
7.1 Compulsory Skills Sessions 6
7.2 Other Skills Sessions 6
8. Dress Code 7
8.1 Dress for OSCE’s 7
9. General Behaviour 8
10. Health and Safety 9
10.1 Moving and Handling 9
10.2 Handling Sharps10
10.3 Latex gloves and latex allergy 10
10.4 Fire Safety10
10.5 Incidents / Accidents 10
11. Policies / Procedures / Guidelines 11

1. Clinical Skills Laboratory (CSL)

The Clinical Skills Laboratory (CSL) makes available/ provides the opportunity for the student to learn and safely practice clinical skills in a controlled environment, in preparation for the administration/provision of quality care to the client. The CSL is purposely designed to replicate healthcare settings or living environments and facilitates undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop their clinical skills. The CSL simulates a hospital unit, equipped with 18 hospital beds, wash hand basins, variety of life size mannequins to simulate client care situations /scenarios (Wilford and Doyle, 2006; Mcbeth-Snyder and Welsh, 2009; Sinclair and Ferguson, 2009). The CSL setting contains up to date teaching and learning resources such as audiovisual equipment, scientific charts and anatomical models, disposable and non-disposable supplies utilised in client care.

2. Purpose of these Guidelines

The guidelines contained in this document outline acceptable standards of behaviour expected from those using facilities in the CSL. This document must be read in conjunction with the DkIT Code of Conduct Policy document which can be located in the DkIT Student Handbook or on http://ww2.dkit.ie/about_dkit/documents_and_policies/policies/code_of_conduct

These guidelines have been compiled to ensure that the CSL is maintained as a professional clinical area for your learning. Scheduling, maintenance, etiquette and security must be adhered to by all users. This guideline is designed to act as a guide, which provides information essential to ensuring the smooth, effective running of the CSL whilst providing the best possible learning environment.

3. Clinical Skills Laboratory Staff

Sharon Tuohy – Clinical Technical Officer042-9370268
Sharon.tuohy@dkit.ie

4. Opening Hours

The CSL is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Arranging to use the CSL requires advance notice and is at the discretion of the Clinical Technical Officer. Please email Sharon to book the CSL.

5. Access to CSL

You will gain access to the CSL via a member of the lecturing staff or the Clinical Technical Officer.

For security/safety purposes it is imperative that under no circumstances should you: • Enter the CSL without permission/supervision
• Facilitate access of anyone not personally known to you • Leave either of the main entrance doors to the CSL propped open.

6. Layout of the CSL

The CSL is situated on the first floor of the Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies Building. It offers facilities to practice and learn a wide range of nursing/midwifery skills in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

The CSL consists of a number of different areas:

Six Bedded Wards (N231, N234 and N241)

Intensive Care Unit (N232)

Birthing Suite (N233)

Community Flat (N219)

Simulated Bathroom...
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