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Prebriefing and Debriefing Deeper Dive: Navigating challenges and leveraging opportunities

Overview of Course

This course will provide participants with opportunities to expand and refine techniques in best practices of prebriefing and debriefing in simulation.  Participants can elevate their debriefing practice through close coaching and feedback on skills essential to theory-based debriefing methodologies.  Conversations will explore strategies for unpacking learner thought process and navigating challenging debriefing situations. 

Are you a simulation novice?  We recommend you start with the Foundation Courses to build a strong portfolio in simulation education best practices.  It is recommended that participants have prior foundational knowledge and experience with simulation pedagogy before enrolling in the Deeper Dive Courses.


Course Objectives: 

By the end of the session, participants will: 

1. Apply principles of best practices in simulation to the development of a prebrief. 

2. Demonstrate theory-based debriefing techniques in simulation-based learning experiences. 

3. Refine debriefing skills that are essential across the 3C structure.

4. Explore strategies for navigating challenging debriefing situations. 

Benefits of SIRC Courses

The National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) presents a series of reimagined, virtual courses designed to offer professional development in simulation education. This course has been designed as a virtual, asynchronous, and self-paced experience. Learners have access to these courses for 1 year from the date they enroll in them. For example, if you enroll on February 1, you will have access to the course until February 1 of the next year.

Nursing education continues to evolve to meet the challenges learners face when developing their thinking skills and translating them into action, within the context of patient care. Simulation-based education consists of a wide collection of teaching strategies, underpinned by theory and evidence, that aim to support learners in their emergence as competent and caring clinicians. Developing, implementing and evaluating immersive and evidence-based simulation experiences for learners require that nurse educators develop a highly specialized skill set in the art and science of dialogue, teaching pedagogy and psychological safety.

How it works

  • Instruction

    Online hybrid, one asynchronous module and one synchronous Zoom session

  • Access

    Content will be accessible for 3 weeks

  • CEU

    5 Contact Hours / 0.5 CEUs

  • Timing

    Sessions offered quarterly

  • Course Length

    5 hours; 1 hour preparatory work and 4 hours synchronous learning

  • Cost




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