The Clinical Skills Laboratory is a dedicated instructional room with dozens of interactive models and simulators for training and self-study. The director of the laboratory is a nurse educator who works with course directors and other nurse educators to provide course-specific clinical skills development activities. Students can also make appointments with the director to schedule sessions to develop, maintain, or remediate clinical skills.


  • LESLIE MONTGOMERY, RN, MS, CCRN, 217-545-2230
    Director of Clinical Skills Laboratory

Clinical Skills in Year Two

In each unit during Year 2, nurse educators work with assigned groups of students on a set of required clinical skills sessions (see below).  Prior to each session the students need to review the corresponding handout (found on D2L under Doctoring).  Students are required to be on time to the session, participate in a discussion of the theory and performance of the skill and return demonstrate the procedure in order to satisfactorily complete the skills session.

Basic Clinical Skills Sessions

1.  Hematology, Immunology & Infection [HII] Unit

  • Measuring B/P
  • Injections
  • Sterile Gloving

2,  Cardiovascular-Renal-Respiratory [CRR] Unit

  • IV Insertion
  • Venipuncture for Blood Collection
  • Urinary Catheterization (optional to move to ERG)

3.  Neuromuscular and Behavior [NMB] Unit

  • Sterile Dressing Changes
  • Swab Specimen Collection
  • Suture & Staple Removal

4.  Endocrine, Reproductive, and Gastrointestinal [ERG] Unit

  • Nasogastric Intubation
  • Hemoccult Testing
  • Diabetic Foot Exam

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