Nursing, Psychology, and Theater Collaborate for Important Educational Experience

Nov 10, 2016
Lauren Bell

Students and faculty in nursing, psychology and theater participated in a weekend-long class Oct. 29-30, which allowed nursing students to experience a “real-life” scenario involving a Brazilian family whose loved one dies while in hospice care.


Taking place in the Nursing Simulation lab, a high-fidelity mannequin portrayed the dying, elderly Brazilian patient. Participating theater students Marc Anthony Toro, Brissa Lopez and Marie Wasinger, along with psychology students including Nadya Clontz, Laura Burke and Kaiya Walker, acted the parts of the elderly woman’s relatives, responding in various ways to seeing their relative die and then being prepared for the aftermath of the death.

Graduate students in psychology provided a debriefing sessions with all of the nursing students after the experience, plus additional counseling as needed. The Brenau Behavioral Analysis Club (BBAC) was instrumental in providing an orderly flow of the various teams from one place to the next.

This interdepartmental event was a success, with students, faculty and volunteers responding positively to the experience. Based on the success of this event, there are plans to repeat it in the spring semester.


Students gathered around simulator in hospital bed.