September 2, 2020By Nicole Harder

Debriefing Psychologically Stressful Simulations: A Different Perspective

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Presentation Details

September 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM, Pacific Coast Time Zone

Presented by: Nicole Harder RN, PhD

Presentation Abstract

There is a large body of research demonstrating that simulation-based education (SBE) is an effective method to prepare students and providers for clinical practice. The use of SBE is a viable pedagogical approach to increase feelings of preparedness specifically in end-of-life events. Despite this, there are no known SBE debriefing frameworks based on psychological safety that are purposely intended to debrief feelings and emotions following psychologically stressful SBEs.

The purpose of this presentation is to report on a research study that developed a psychologically safe debriefing framework that helped students and newly graduated nurses to effectively process feelings and emotions following end-of-life simulation-based experiences (SBE). Given that SBE and associated learning outcomes have been shown to have a high degree of transferability to clinical settings, the development of a psychologically safe debriefing framework to prepare healthcare providers for the emotional/psychological issues that may be encountered after the death of a patient using SBEs was warranted and should be highly generalizable to the clinical setting.

Type of Offering: Webinar
Teaching Method: Lecture with Slide Presentation

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the components of a psychologically safe debriefing framework.
  2. Apply a psychological safe debriefing framework to emotionally or psychologically stressful simulation experiences.
  3. Summarize the research related to the application of a psychologically safe debriefing framework following and end-of-life simulation.

Suggested Learner Level: Intermediate

Presenter Biography

Nicole Harder RN, PhD
Mindermar Professor in Human Simulation
University of Manitoba

Nicole Harder, RN, PhD, CHSE, CCSNE is an Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, and the Mindermar Professor in Human Simulation, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Nicole’s simulation research work has been funded by local and national funding bodies, mainly in the area of non-technical skills development.

Dr. Harder is the Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing, is a former board member for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and currently serves on the board of the Réseau Simulation Canada Network. She is also an educator for the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing in the Simulation Nurse Educator certificate program.


Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Simulation in Nursing

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Category: Education
Tags: death, debrief, debriefing, debriefing framework, end of life, end-of-life care, nursing simulation, psychological safety, sbe, simulation based education, stressful, upcoming