January 20, 2022By Lance Baily

Upcoming CE Webinar: Virtual Debriefing – Styles, Options & Insights

The HealthySimulation.com webinar platform “LEARN” hosts a number of informative healthcare simulation webinars each month. These presentations are designed to cover a range of topics related to clinical simulation, including education, training, and practice. On Feb. 1st at 11 AM PST, HealthySimulation.com will present the webinar titled “Virtual Debriefing: Styles, Options, and Insights.” Presented by Laura Gonzalez Ph.D., APRN, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, the CE webinar will explore the best practices for debriefing virtual simulations across platforms, offer advice for leveraging each approach.

Debriefing is integral to healthcare simulation. The traditional debrief provides nursing learners, immediate feedback and valuable insight in a judgment-free environment. Over the past two years, virtual clinical simulation exploded as programs worked to meet clinical hours and fill in learning gaps. Yet, very little is known about debriefing virtual simulations, and INACSL’s Healthcare Standards of Best Practice for Simulation don’t fully address nuances such as debriefing in a synchronous or asynchronous modality.

This one-hour, intermediate webinar offers 1 Contact Hour of RN CE. Further, the presentation will compare debriefing options and provide valuable insight into the styles that best fit learners’ needs, help make the most of learner analytics, and provide tips for organizing different debriefing formats. Further, learning objectives include:


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  • Compare synchronous and asynchronous debriefing options for virtual simulation.
  • Explain how to organize different types of debriefing formats.
  • Evaluate debriefing formats to determine, the virtual simulation content and course learning outcomes, as well as evaluate how it meets learner needs.

More About the Presenter: Laura Gonzalez PhD, APRN, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, is the vice president of Clinical Learning Resources at Sentinel U. She is an internationally recognized simulation expert. She is one of 84 advanced certified healthcare simulation educators (CHSE-A) globally. In the fall of 2020, she was recognized by the prestigious American Academy of Nurses as a Fellow (FAAN). She is also a fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF). She is the President-Elect of INACSL for 2022. Her nursing career focuses on advancing the science of nursing education through the use of simulation and its impact on learner outcomes.

Dr.Gonzalez has a very specific body of work that has resulted in over 20 data-based manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and one clinical skills textbook. She is one of several scientists to have two patents: on Detecting Sterile Field Events and Related Methods and Virtual Patients. She is a seasoned nurse educator with experience teaching across the curriculum to include live, hybrid, online, and synchronous delivery methods.

Marg Verkuyl, NP, PNH, MN Professor of Nursing, Centennial College, is an additional presenter of this webinar.

More About Healthcare Simulation Debriefing


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Healthcare Simulation Debriefing is a period of time following an experiential learning activity during which learners/teams reflect, review and discuss the activity with the goal of improving individual and team clinical skills and judgment. Here we take a deeper look at the simulation debriefing process and provide a handful of examples from the many debriefing models available from clinical educators around the world.

In the past, many healthcare disciplines relied on the apprenticeship model which relied on learners encountering enough situations to ensure that they became competent. More recently, healthcare simulation has become extensively used as it provides scheduled, valuable learning experiences where learners not only put their knowledge into practice but also practice decision-making and communication skills.

Clinical Simulation scenarios range in complexity and/or skill level. For example, the medical simulation may be used for undergraduate nursing students to practice medication administration or for obstetrical residents practicing caring for a woman with postpartum hemorrhage. Following each scenario, a debriefing is conducted by one or more people such as a simulation facilitator who are considered content experts about the scenario subject matter. These content experts should also be skilled in debriefing. Many would argue that debriefing is the most important component of a simulation experience.

More About HealthySimulation.com Webinars

HealthySimulation.com’s streamlined clinical simulation webinar platform relaunched in February, and has since featured even more informative and insightful healthcare simulation presentations! These webinars offer live and on-demand content from some of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts, covering everything necessary to successfully start, develop or expand a clinical simulation program. Topics range from safe medication administration to moulage and manikin functions. Many HealthySimulation.com webinar presentations are recorded and viewable from anywhere at any time.

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