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Medical Assistance in Dying: The Hours Leading up to the Procedure

Contributed on September 25, 2023, last updated September 29, 2023.



Kristen Riberdy RN, BScN, MEd, CHSE, Seneca College

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This simulation will be examining the hours leading up to a Medical Assistance in Dying procedure within an acute care setting. Within the scenario, you will be playing the role of the nurse (Julie) and working with your patient Anna, and her family.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the steps involved in Medical Assistance in Dying leading up to the procedure.
2. Demonstrate therapeutic communication techniques when communicating with a client and their family.
3. Demonstrate use of the SBAR communication tool for transfer of 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.




Riberdy K. Medical Assistance in Dying: The Hours Leading up to the Procedure. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2023. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Palliative & end-of-life care

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