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Care of a Patient at End-of-Life

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated February 10, 2023.



Erica Cambly, University of Toronto

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This scenario takes learners through the care needs of a patient at the end of life. In this scenario, you will be caring for an individual who has been diagnosed with undifferentiated lung cancer, which has metastasized to the chest wall, pleura and bone. As you progress through the scenario, you will need to make decisions regarding the care of this patient.

Learning Objectives:

Utilize therapeutic communication techniques while working with a client at the end of life to provide individualized care.

Assess client needs while delivering care to provide safe and effective nursing care to a dying person.

Incorporate appropriate client-centered pain assessment strategies when delivering care.

Prioritize interventions based on assessment data to provide safe and effective nursing care to a dying person.

Implement and evaluate appropriate interventions to manage symptoms associated with end-of-life care.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


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Cambly E. Care of a Patient at End-of-Life. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Palliative & end-of-life care

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