Giving students realistic scenarios and patient profiles prepares them to deal with success and fail

I note that the scenarios we are compelled to provide our students by various qualifying bodies have a positive outcome.

If the student does everything right in the scenarios, the patient usually responds and gets better. The patients who die are typically the result of a student doing something wrong or missing an important finding.

That’s not the way real life works. Sometimes we do things wrong and the patient isn’t harmed. Sometimes we do everything right and the patient dies anyway. We need to teach these students how to deal with that before they experience it in real life.

I’d rather our students learn how to deal with bad outcomes in my classroom with a peer support network and a mentor in place than in the field where too often the response to provider emotional trauma is, “You’re not cut out for this line of work.” (Photo/Getty Images).

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