Filling a Gap: Fetal Demise Simulation in Nursing Capstone Course

Erin Bailey, Sara Bishop

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There were gaps in nursing education simulations, particularly related to scenarios involving death and fetal demise. To address this deficiency in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, a fetal demise simulation was introduced. This simulation includes pre-simulation preparation, assigned roles, a scenario focusing on care during the immediate postpartum period, communication training regarding fetal demise, and a debriefing session. The positive response and satisfaction of students with this simulation have prompted the development of additional simulations related to mortality and morbidity in various levels of nursing education within the BSN program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-463
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus Subject Areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


  • death and dying
  • fetal demise
  • nursing
  • nursing capstone
  • simulation

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