hospice nursing, interprofessional education, palliative nursing, simulation, social work



  1. Gurley, Lisa PhD, RN, CNE, COI
  2. Roberson, Jean DSW, LICSW
  3. York, Ashley Burnham DNP, AGNP-C, WHNP-BC, NCMP
  4. Childress, Jennifer MSN, RN, CPEN


Hospice care requires person-centered holistic approaches from interprofessional health care teams. Traditional curricular models include teaching hospice care in discipline-specific didactic settings. There are limited opportunities for prelicensure students to engage in real-life and hands-on hospice care. Students are often observers and lack meaningful interactions with patients, families, and interprofessional teams. Using "IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice" and "AACN CARES" as the framework, nursing and social work faculty collaborated to develop, implement, and evaluate an interprofessional home hospice simulation incorporating standardized patients. The purpose of this interprofessional simulation was to facilitate hands-on application of complex health care concepts in an authentic home hospice setting. Twenty-three Bachelor of Science in Nursing students and 10 Master of Social Work students participated as interprofessional teams to provide home hospice care for patients and families. Faculty evaluated the simulation experience through analysis of presimulation and postsimulation guided reflections, intrasimulation observations, and postsimulation debriefing. Evaluation indicated students gained a greater understanding of how to provide quality person-centered end-of-life care, increased comfort with assessing spiritual needs, increased confidence in initiating sensitive interactions, and greater appreciation for working in an interprofessional health care team. This interprofessional simulation provided a robust learning environment paving the way for future simulations incorporating additional members of the health care team.