Getting started with debriefing for meaningful learning

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst

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Debriefing for Meaningful Learning© (DML) is a method of debriefing that can be used in simulation environments and other clinical settings to foster student's reflective thinking and learning. It has been used successfully with prelicensure nursing students, graduate nursing students, and interdisciplinary health care students throughout the nursing curriculum with positive learning outcomes. This method can be challenging to learn because it uses Socratic questioning and principles of active learning to uncover thinking associated with actions, but once learned, DML can be a model for reflective thinking that students can use to develop clinical reasoning and become reflective practitioners. Moreover, DML challenges taken-for-granted assumptions in an iterative yet consistent process of group dialog that students can use long into their practice. This article describes how faculty can get started using DML and demonstrates the iterative process of the method with examples from simulation debriefing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-275
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Clinical reasoning
  • Debriefing
  • Reflection
  • Socratic questioning
  • Thinking like a nurse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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