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Simulation to Teach Nursing Students About End-of-Life Care

Hjelmfors, Lisa MSc; Strömberg, Anna RN, PhD; Karlsson, Katarina RN; Olsson, Louise RN; Jaarsma, Tiny RN, PhD

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: December 2016 - Volume 18 - Issue 6 - p 512–518
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000279
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There is minimal education on death and dying in undergraduate nursing programs, leaving the students unprepared to provide sufficient care to dying patients and their families. This article describes a teaching innovation on how end-of-life care simulation can provide a successful and appreciated learning situation for nursing students, teaching them communication skills in challenging situations. Modifications in the setup of the simulation might help the students to focus more on communication and existential issues instead of mostly practical ones.

Lisa Hjelmfors, MSc, is PhD student, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Nursing, Linköping University, Sweden.

Anna Strömberg, RN, PhD, is professor, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing and Department of Cardiology, Linköping University, Sweden; and UCI Program in Nursing Science, University of California Irvine.

Katarina Karlsson, RN, is lecturer, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Sweden.

Louise Olsson, RN, is lecturer, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Sweden.

Tiny Jaarsma, RN, PhD, is professor, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Nursing, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; and Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

Address correspondence to Lisa Hjelmfors, MSc, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Nursing, Linköping University, 601 74 Norrköping, Sweden (lisa.hjelmfors@liu.se).

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2016 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.