Student nurse's values of peer assessment and debriefing within a simulation exercise.

Fiona Cust


Simulation is a widely recognised part of nurse education utilising clinical scenarios within a safe environment. However, a planned de-briefing session is not always routinely part of this. All simulation-based learning experiences should include a de-briefing aimed at promoting reflective thinking. Reflection is a valuable part of any learning experience and can lead to new interpretations by the learner. Peer assessment and peer debriefing, although not widely researched, has been demonstrated to be a positive learning experience which fosters a relaxed, yet focused environment amongst nursing students as they feel more at ease with their own peer group.

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