Maximizing Learning Occurring During Debriefing After Simulation

Tuesday, 31 July 2012: 11:25 AM

Shelly J. Reed, DNP, APRN
Cheryl Ann Corbett, APRN, MSN, NP-C
College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Learning Objective 1: The learner will become informed of current practices used when debriefing simulations in nursing education

Learning Objective 2: The learner will identify best practices for debriefing simulations in nursing education as identified in current research

Debriefing after simulation is recognized as the time where learning is solidified and unsettled emotions are diffused.  Current debriefing literature has focused on debriefing medical or team training simulation events.  What practices are best in nursing education for debriefing?  Are best practices for debriefing medical professionals, teams, and experienced nurses best for nursing students?  Do objectives of the simulation need to be considered before deciding what method of debriefing is best?  What if resources are limited, such as video capture systems--will the debriefing still be effective?  This abstract will review the current literature and identify best practices for debriefing simulations in nursing education, helping to answer these questions.  Areas needing further research concerning debriefing in nursing education will also be identified.