Scenario Design

  • Nathan GollehonEmail author
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


This chapter will explore the process of scenario design. Scenario design is perhaps the most important yet difficult phase of implementing a simulation curriculum, regardless of whether that curriculum is delivered in a high-fidelity simulation center or via a mobile training session. Scenarios should be developed using educationally-sound practices, driven by a needs assessment and the learning objectives of the simulation. The choice of formative versus summative assessment will also be determined by the needs of the participants.

While scenario design can be time-consuming, the process can be made more efficient through the use of design templates and storyboards. Design templates ensure that important aspects of a simulation scenario are accounted for as the scenario is being created. Ultimately, if good practices are followed, time spent upfront on scenario design will result in a more robust simulation experience for the participants, more realistic learning experiences, and better educational outcomes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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