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Long-Term Care: Theraputic communication, de-escalation, debrief

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



Rebecca Fullarton, University of New Brunswick

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During this virtual simulation you will have the opportunity to meet and provide nursing care for the patient.The patient is a 82 year old woman who resides at Shady Oaks Long-term Care Home.

Learning Objectives:

Identify abnormal vital sign measurements.

Utilize principles of therapeutic communication with a resident.
Utilize de-escalating techniques for a resident experiencing agitation.

Identify the need to consult with the clinical instructor to debrief following a clinical situation.

Modify the nursing care plan as appropriate to reflect current care priorities.

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.


035e, SIPS (Stitch Media)


Fullarton R. Long-Term Care: Theraputic communication, de-escalation, debrief. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Gerontology / geriatrics / aging

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