Exploring the usefulness and effectiveness of debriefing to process emotions or feelings experienced by undergraduate nursing students in a palliative simulation-based experience
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The need for quality palliative care begins with quality palliative nursing education, however that has proven difficult to provide. Research has proven that palliative simulation is a beneficial bridge between the palliative theory and palliative clinical gap. Often overlooked during a debrief session in a simulation laden in emotions, is ensuring that participants have the skills to process the feelings they experience while providing palliative care. The purpose of this mixed-method concurrent triangulation study was to add to the knowledge and understanding about the usefulness of debriefing in palliative simulation-based experience to process feelings and emotions. Valuable components of debriefing following palliative simulation included emotional preparedness and normalization of feelings. Recommendations for future practice include using a different debriefing model that focuses on participants’ feelings and emotions for simulation based experiences that are particularly emotionally laden. The results of this study have implications for nursing practice, education and research.