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Surgical Discharge Teaching

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



Allyson M Cooper, Red River College

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You are enacting the role of a nurse on a surgical unit in a hospital.
Throughout the simulation, you will be asked to select the correct response to various questions posed which will then illuminate the continue button to enable you to progress.

Learning Objectives:

Conduct an overview of the medical history for a client after a total hip replacement to facilitate a safe discharge from hospital to community.

Interact and communicate effectively during discharge teaching in order to ensure understanding and retention prior to discharge to ensure safety.

Holistic assessment of the client, considering the client’s health beliefs and social determinants of health to ensure that client centered approach is prioritized.

Assess learning needs and utilize effective teaching methods to impart important discharge information for effective rehabilitation and improved overall health status.

Determine client supports and appropriate services required for safe discharge from hospital.

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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Cooper AM. Surgical Discharge Teaching. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Undergraduate / post-secondary

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