A novice nurse educator is assigned to develop and implement learning activities in the skills laboratory. She expresses her disappointment to her mentor because she was looking forward to presenting in the classroom. The novice educator comments, “What can happen in the skills lab except making beds?”
As the mentor to this novice nurse educator, how would you respond? Can learning occur in the skills laboratory? What actions can an educator take to foster the transfer of learning from a laboratory with mannequins to “real-life” direct patient care?