Evolution of a Simulation Design Template at a Canadian Academic Hospital

Published:November 01, 2022DOI:


      • Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles were used to revise an open-sourced simulation design template to an institution specific design template.
      • Simulation design templates that use evidence-based practices can decrease the cognitive load for nurse educators using simulation.
      • Standardized simulation design templates assist in delivery of high quality simulation programs.



      Simulation design templates provide a guide for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a simulation scenario.


      Using the Plan-Do-Study-Act quality improvement framework an open-sourced simulation design template underwent revisions to become an institution specific template for use in a corporate nursing orientation program at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada.


      A standardized simulation design template that includes numerous components, such as a pre-brief and debriefing script, in alignment with the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM is used by nurse educators facilitating simulation after five revisions. This new template assisted in a large curriculum revision and re-implementation of simulation education days in a nursing orientation program in February 2022.


      The finalized simulation design template used by the nurse educators at the Ottawa Hospital has provided a thorough method for curriculum revision, implementation, and facilitation of simulation-based education sessions.


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