One solution is to use a simulated learning environment to allow students to experience loss in a safe setting with opportunities to debrief. By complementing our traditional teaching with simulation, we, as educators, are addressing our need to do more with less. In making simulation real, we can deliver our teaching in an engaging yet effective manner, in so doing transform nursing education through a simulation-based pedagogy.
This presentation will describe the pedagogical approach and include feedback from fourth year nursing students involved in the end-of-life scenario. Suggestions and recommendations for how such a simulated learning environment could be replicated in other institutions will be shared. This will include assisting students in learning how to approach patients and their family members with respect and dignity during this time. As well as collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to deliver safe quality care in an emotionally charge scenario.