The diversity of Simulated Patient (SP) use in health care simulation is well documented as is the vital role that debriefing plays in learning (LevettJones and Lapkin, 2013). There are however, differing opinions regarding SP input in debriefing and the role they might play in evaluation and providing feedback about student performance (Bokken, van Dalen and Rethans, 2004). This presentation showcases an undergraduate nursing simulation experience at University XXX where two methods of debriefing using SP’s were employed to facilitate student feedback. The first involved students viewing a live streamed interview capturing the SP perceptions of performance in relation to specific clinical competencies. The second approach involved face to face communication between SP’s and students in debriefing sessions. Survey and focus group interviews were used to collect data from SP’s (n=6) and first year undergraduate nursing students (n=216) involved in post simulation debriefing. Key advantages and challenges of each method will be presented including recommendations for the management of SP’s feedback in simulation. A brief outline describing further research involving SP’s in simulation will be provided. The presentation will be of interest to academics and clinicians seeking to include SP perspectives in student feedback and evaluation of clinical skills.
6th International Clinical Skills Conference: Creativity and Diversity in Clinical Skills Education and Research, Prato, Italy 17-20 May 2015
6th International Clinical Skills Conference Book of Abstracts / pp.116