Debriefing Strategies for Every Educator

Debriefing Strategies for Every Educator

This hands-on workshop will describe principles of debriefing for reflective learning and review selected evidence-based debriefing techniques. Recommendations for use in simulation, classroom and clinical learning environments will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to practice several debriefing strategies. Strategies for evaluation of the debriefing experience will include an overview of common evidence-based tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss principles of debriefing for reflective learning, selected evidence-based debriefing techniques and evidence-based evaluation tools
  • Explore opportunities for use of debriefing techniques in simulation, classroom and clinical learning environments
  • Participate in facilitated debriefing using several evidence-based debriefing strategies


Charlene Romer, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Romer has over twenty years of experience as an educator with fifteen years in virtual instruction. She holds a PhD in Nursing along with diploma, bachelor, and master degrees. Over the last several years she has been actively involved in the curriculum development and student learning outcomes that support program outcomes. Dr. Romer has been in the design/redesign of courses for virtual delivery and the transition of course materials to an virtual and/or blended format; as well as the integration of eLearning tools such as Adobe Captivate, Second Life and Wimba. Dr. Romer has experience in virtual course layout/design and in the loading of course material onto Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Blackboard and eCollege. Charlene has served as chair of curriculum committees, participated in the conversion of a diploma program to a baccalaureate degree granting, single purpose institution; the development of an virtual master’s program, and an accelerated bachelor’s degree program for second degree students. In her current role as curriculum consultant at ATI Dr. Romer shares her expertise with educators across the country. Charlene has developed active instructional strategies that are aimed at improving students’ clinical reasoning and clinical judgment skills. She has assisted programs in developing or revising their curriculum to incorporate current initiatives such as the BSN essentials, QSEN and NLN competencies.

Christine Lynn Heid, PhD, MSN/Ed, RN, CNE, CHSE

Dr. Christine Heid, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE is a Nursing Education Consultant at ATI Nursing Education. Dr. Heid earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and holds a Master of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), and fellow of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation Learning (INACSL) and CAE Healthcare Simulation 2017 Washington D.C. Cohort. Her current service activities include volunteer on the INACSL Social Media Commitee, QSEN Academic Clinical Practice Taskforce, American Red Cross, and Membership Ambassador for Rho Nu at-Large chapter of Sigma. Her work on fostering deep learning through online post-conference learning has been published in the peer-reviewed journal “Teaching and Learning in Nursing”. Dr. Heid and her colleague Dr. Crum received an Honorable Mention for their poster “Doing Clinical Differently: Development of a Clinical Teaching and Learning Tool” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2018 Baccalaureate Education Conference in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Heid brings diverse experience in nursing practice from small community hospitals to large metropolitan centers and across nursing education from practical nursing to the doctor of nursing practice. She is passionate about nursing education and welcomes the opportunity to share ideas, promote active learning strategies, and nurture ‘out of the box’ thinking to enhance student and faculty success.