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  • Digital: Self-Study

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    • Self-Study with Virtual discussion

    • +/-20-hour blended 4-week program: 2 courses 

    • 1-hour of virtual discussion each week (optional).

Experience, in addition to formal education preparation, is required to develop…teaching competency since it is impossible to learn ways of being and coping… solely by concept or theorem" (Benner, 1982, p.406).

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Jun 15, 2020, 8:00 AM – Jun 14, 2021, 8:00 AM

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What are past participants saying?


I was able to complete the Clinical Nurse Instructor course and it was indeed excellent. I enjoyed and have already shared with other professors about utilizing the prioritization video. I think this is a phenomenal idea and hope that we can implement in our clinical objectives, soon. 

Thanks again, it was wonderful-


Catherine Allen MHA, BSN, CHPN (Feb 9, 2020)

Professor of Nursing

Nashua Community College 

"Dr. Knowles 'Clinical Nursing Instructor Course' is a must for any new clinical nursing instructor who is just starting to work with students in the clinical setting.  It serves as a wonderful preparatory course and offers insight on what to expect, how to prepare, effective teaching strategies and a terrific clinical course toolbox which, contains worksheets to guide the new instructor as she/he begins to work with students.  The course was extremely helpful.  

      I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with you and I hope to meet you at one of the upcoming conferences.  Thanks for your patience. Best of luck," Susan Riekert, MSN, COS-C, RN (4/10/18) 



"I wanted to thank you once again for the wonderful experience I had during your Academic Clinical Nursing Instructor Prep Course.  As I am nearing the end of my MSN studies, I have been considering pursuing clinical teaching.  Your course has given me the practical information, techniques, and tools to be confident, effective, and successful in this role...(Susan Scollins, personal communications, 8/24/17).

Recommended Course Textbooks:


Gaberson, K.B, Oermann, M.H., & Shellenbarger, T. (2015). Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing (4th ed.).  New York, Springer Publishing Co.(available from Amazon or Goggle Play FREE sample includes Chapter 1)


Kan, E., & Stabler-Haas, S. (2014). Fast Facts for the Clinical Nursing Instructor: Clinical Teaching in a Nutshell.  New York, Springer Publishing Co. (Goggle PlayFree Sample includes: Part I.

Available from Amazon.

A Message for Nurse Administrators

A Message for Nursing AdministratorsDr. Susan Knowles
2017 OADN Convention

NCSBN Update on Clinical Judgment and Next Generation NCLEX®

Clinical teaching

Clinical teaching requires a contrasting sets of role expectations: Nursing proficiency and effective clinical teaching strategies (Karuhije, 1986; NLN, 2002). Photo by Knowles.

Clinical Unit

All educators, including part-time should be prepared to implement the role successfully (NLN, 2002; NCSBN, 2008). (photo by Knowles)

“Nurse educators are the key resource in preparing a nursing workforce” (NLN, 2002). Photo by Knowles.

Prepared clinical instructors can offer excellent student education, quality and safe patient care, and improved faculty retention (Kowalski, Horner, & Houser, 2011). Photo by Knowles.

Clinical education of nursing students is the most expensive and is more important than what they demonstrate in the classroom (Gaberson, et al., 2015, p. 21).

“To justify the expenditures teachers must have clear, realistic expectations of the desired outcomes of clinical learning” (Gaberson, et al., 2015, p. 21).

“Students have a right to expect that their clinical teachers are competent, responsible, and knowledgeable ”(Gaberson, et al., 2015, p. 21).

Graduates tell us “It was the quality of the clinical instruction that made the difference” (Cangelosi, et al., 2009).

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2014) report nursing faculty shortage related to a limited number of faculty candidates, faculty retirements, budgetary constraints, and lower salaries than clinical positions.

Registered nurses hired into part-time clinical teaching position lack proficiency in teaching clinical skills (Cangelosi, et al., 2009).

Novice educators report being underprepared and overwhelmed: unsure about their teaching practices, about what to do, how to do it, and whether they were teaching correctly (Dempsey, 2007; Scanlan, 2001).

Faculty mentoring aids in socialization and transition into the role of nursing instructor.

Just-in-time faculty mentoring.

Students attending Cochise College complete the Maternal-Child rotation(photo by Knowles).

2012 Cochise College Nursing Recognition Ceremony.

Clinical teaching requires a contrasting sets of role expectations:


Nursing proficiency and effective clinical teaching strategies (Karuhije, 1986; NLN, 2002).



2017 OADN Convention

2016 ANA AZ Conference