The power of pretend: using simulation to teach end-of-life care

Nurse Educ. 2009 Nov-Dec;34(6):276-80. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3181bc7491.


Instruction in quality end-of-life care is gaining presence in the nursing curricula, yet how to best incorporate it remains undecided. Concurrently, high-fidelity simulation has quickly become a popular strategy for teaching nursing content. The authors describe the impact of teaching with simulation and the process of developing an end-of-life laboratory simulation for first year students in an associate degree nursing program.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Associate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development / methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Life
  • Role Playing
  • Software
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Terminal Care* / methods
  • Terminal Care* / psychology