end of life, nursing, pastoral care, simulation, spiritual care, undergraduate nursing students



  1. Joyce, Lindsey K.
  2. L'Ecuyer, Kristine M.
  3. Rubbelke, Cynthia S.


ABSTRACT: During a mock code simulation scenario in a medical-surgical undergraduate nursing course, two priests as pastoral care providers were included as interprofessional team members. Perceptions of the inclusion of pastoral care in an end-of-life simulation were assessed as part of a mixed-method study that included a qualitative analysis of debriefing sessions. Students reported an increase in awareness of the role of pastoral care in healthcare and learned to consider the spiritual aspects of end-of-life care. Participation of priests in an end-of-life simulation enhanced students' learning of spirituality as an aspect of nursing care.