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Interprofessional Communication During Difficult Situations

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated July 21, 2022.



Sandra Goldsworthy, Nipissing University

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The scenario takes place in the Emergency Department (ED) where a team of healthcare professionals receives a patient that has experienced a multiple trauma and subsequent cardiac arrest post motor vehicle accident. The team consists of two Registered Nurses, a Respiratory Therapist, and a Physician. The patient is brought into the ED and his wife is at the bedside. Conflict occurs among the team and ineffective communication strategies are seen.

Learning Objectives:

Identify three effective communication strategies when working in interprofessional teams.

Identify three ineffective communication strategies when working in inteprofessional teams.

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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Goldsworthy S. Interprofessional Communication During Difficult Situations. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Undergraduate / post-secondary

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