RESEARCH BRIEFSNursing Students’ Clinical Experience With Death A Pilot StudyHeise, Barbara A.; Gilpin, Laura C.Author Information About the AuthorsBarbara A. Heise, PhD, RN, CNE, CQIA, is an associate professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing, Provo, Utah. Laura C. Gilpin, BSN, RN, is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University College of Nursing. For more information, contact Dr. Heise at[email protected]. Nursing Education Perspectives: March/April 2016 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 104-106 doi: 10.5480/13-1283 Buy Metrics Abstract Although debriefing in simulation settings is routine in nursing education, debriefing does not routinely take place in clinical settings with nursing students after a patient has died. This pilot study sought to explore nursing students’ perceptions of their first experience with the death of a patient. Students reported emotional distress and feelings of inadequacy with regard to communicating with and supporting the family of the dying patient. Only half the students sampled reported debriefing by their clinical instructor or staff. Nurse educators must include debriefing and student support following a patient death in the clinical setting. © 2016 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.