Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Kevin Stein

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Amelia Perez

Project Team Faculty Member

Nicholas Collier


Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA), High-Fidelity Simulation (HFS), Debriefing, Computer-based Learning (CBL), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)


Simulation for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists has become an educational tool that provides valuable learning experiences that integrate problem-solving, prioritization, and critical thinking skills. Debriefing is an essential aspect of the simulation learning process. The debriefing period allows the debriefer to direct the students’ self-reflection and provide individualized feedback. Faculty members delivering the simulation curriculum at a midwestern university, with over 75 nurse anesthesia students, sought education regarding the various simulation debriefing methods. After conducting a literature review for the best evidence supporting debriefing methods, faculty education was implemented in the form of an interactive computer-based learning (CBL) module. The debriefing methods included in the CBL have been shown to enhance student learning during high fidelity simulation and are supported by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. The CBL proved to be effective based on the average score of 86.6% among the eight participants. All eight participants exceeded the established benchmark score of 80% set by the primary investigators before implementation. Based on a 7-point Likert scale, participants indicated they were most likely to utilize the Plus-Delta model (mean = 6.1) or the Gather, Analyze, Summarize model (mean = 5.7) as their chosen debriefing method. As research develops, the effectiveness of specific debriefing methods should be explored. The educational and training requirements for any recommended debriefing method should be considered before implementing an institution’s standardized debriefing process.

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