The Nursing profession must recognize the value of the skilled clinical instructor and the necessity

Cochise College Nursing Students

A popular strategy to expand the nursing faculty to accommodate increased student enrollment is to hire part-time registered nurse clinical experts

(Clark, 2013; West, Borden, Bermudez, & Hanson-Zealot, 2009). All too often, these Anurses must transition into the role of faculty with little notice and only a brief orientation without the necessary teaching skills and strategies to blend didactic content into the clinical experience (Stein, Fujisaki, Davis, & MacLean, 2012; West et al., 2009).

Novice nursing instructors require preparation for teaching clinical nursing education (Clark, 2013; Cangelosi, Crocker, & Sorrell, 2009; Schoening, 2013; Weidman, 2013). Kowalski, et al. (2011) argue that prepared clinical instructors are imperative not only for “excellent student education but also for quality and safe patient care” (p. 240). National organizations recommend preparation of novice clinical faculty is needed before teaching (NCSBN, 2008; NLN, 2002). Without preparation novice nursing instructors will find transitioning to the role as stressful and overwhelming (Clark, 2013; Cangelosi et al., 2009, Scanlan, 2001; Schoening, 2013; Weidman, 2013).

Few formalized preparation programs are discussed in the literature (Kowalski & Horner, 2008).

The ideal preparation program length, curriculum, and strategy vary in the literature. The National League for Nursing core competencies (2005) have been found to be a successful strategy for inclusion (Kowalski et al., 2011) and as a framework for preparing staff nurses as clinical nursing instructors (Kalb, 2008; & Gilbert & Womack, 2012).

The key to preparing the next generation of competent and safe nurses is to ensure clinical nursing instructors possess the necessary teaching skills (Kelly, 2006; Oermann, 1998).

All stakeholders involved with nursing education benefit from clinical nursing instructor preparation. Nursing programs that offer novice clinical nursing faculty formalized teaching preparation are more likely to retain qualified clinical faculty, thereby, realizing improved student outcomes. Healthcare facilities would benefit with improved patient care, patient safety, and patient satisfaction, and could expect improved collegial relationships between the clinical instructor and healthcare staff (Kowalski et al., 2011).

For these reasons, I had only one choice!

  • Develop a Clinical Nursing Instructor Preparation Course.

  • Using the evidence found in the literature from studies and expert opinions.

  • Accessible anywhere and anytime.

To find out more...


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