Hi, I am Victoria Terry, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery. I have been involved in laboratory based learning and teaching for student nurses since 2001. There are many facets to this mode of delivery ranging from low, medium to high fidelity simulation activities. Low fidelity includes the demonstration and practise of skills such as handwashing or giving an injection to a mannikin, where as high fidelity invloves using advanced technical computer assisted mannikins experiencing complex issues, such as uncontrollable bleeding as a result of a multi-trauma accident. The key to a successful laboratory based activity or scenario is ensuring student engagment. This can be achieved by designing activities that are well organised, realistic, relevant to the discipline, and having a bit of fun along the way. Ensuring competent and knowledgable instructors who are familair with equipment and content is another critical aspect to delivering successful laboratory based courses.