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Making Simulation Learning Stick: Debrief with Confidence


To Get the Most from Your Simulation Debrief Be Sure to:

    • Identify the debrief as a safe and confidential space. Respectful behavior is always expected.
  • Ask these questions to get learners talking (don’t forget to include supplemental role learners and observers):
    • Were you happy with the care you provided?
    • What did you do well?
    • What would you have done differently?
    • What is one thing you learned that you didn’t already know?
    • What is one thing that could have been done to make this simulation better?
    • What is one thing that you will now do differently based on your experience in this simulation?
  • Resist the urge to teach – this is the time for learners to reflect and “teach” each other
  • Be the one who speaks the least – let the learners lead the discussion.
  • Acknowledge both appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and patient care decisions – be honest with learners.