For a clinical course in nursing, such psychomotor skills as dexterity and speed are highly essential. To facilitate student performance with the selected skills, it is necessary to collaborate with a learning resource center (LRC) specialist. One of the best ways of enhancing nursing students’ learning outcomes is arranging scenario-based skills training. With the help of such an approach, it is possible to assess the level of skills students have and predict the need for further development.
To promote student performance in dexterity, it is necessary to arrange practical drills in which learners will have to repeat the same or similar tasks until they become proficient in them. Dexterity is rather crucial for medical students since patients’ lives may depend on how skillful nurses perform their functions. Also, the level of comfort of the hospital relies upon nurses’ dexterity. Healthcare professionals need to perform all actions promptly and minimize the risk of hurting their patients or causing excessive discomfort. Hence, the cooperation with the LRC person will result in the improvement of this crucial psychomotor skill.
The second skill that is important for nursing students is speed. As well as dexterity, the speed of actions performed by learners may help to avoid discomfort. However, at the same time, when students only care about speed but neglect the quality of actions, they may cause adverse outcomes. To help students develop their skills in speed, they may be suggested to perform the tasks (such as making records or giving injections) and keep a record of the time spent on these duties. The purpose of such a drill is a gradual decrease in time needed and the increase of speed skills. The LRC specialist may give learners materials advising how to save time on performing different duties.