Clinical education is a foundational component of nursing education. Clinical instructors have a fundamental role in the education of nursing students, to ensure they are adequately prepared with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to work in a wide-range of practice settings and speciality areas, and meet entry-to-practice competencies. This six week foundational course encompasses clinical education at the baccalaureate level in acute care settings, and public health and community health care placements. Course themes include: roles and responsibilities of the clinical instructor; monitoring and evaluating students in clinical settings; developing good patient assignments; mentoring and coaching students; creating a positive learning environment for students; roles and responsibilities of the educational unit in clinical education; and, issues, challenges and strategies for clinical instructors.
Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8 pm EST/EDT
View pre-recorded webinars, attend “live” online chats on Zoom, and successfully complete a mid-term and a final assessment.
A certificate of successful completion will be granted to participants who successfully fulfill the course requirements for the CNEI Clinical Instructor Certificate Course.
This course is designed for registered nurses interested in becoming clinical instructors and novice nursing clinical instructors with 5 years or less of experience.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
Online (Zoom and Moodle)
Please note: participation in all live online chats is a course requirement.
Jeanette Suurdt is a highly qualified and well-respected nurse educator and clinician. She has over 12 years of experience in nursing education as a clinical instructor in acute care, in labs, and in the classroom.
Jeanette has worked in many acute care units, both in Canada and in Australia, as an RN, Advanced Practice Nurse, and Clinical Nurse Consultant. Clinical areas where Jeannette has worked include cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, burn unit, surgery, internal medicine and critical care.
Jeanette is passionate about nursing and clinical teaching. She is committed to ensuring clinical placements prepare students to become caring, skilled and critical thinking practitioners. Jeanette is currently teaching theory and clinical skills within the School of Nursing at Queen’s University.
Melissa Raby is a highly qualified and well-respected community health clinician and nursing educator. She has considerable teaching experience in both nursing theory and clinical courses, including Management and Leadership in Health Care, Community Health Promotion and Current Issues in Nursing.
Melissa’s professional experiences in Canada include being a nurse educator within the School of Nursing at Queen’s University, and a Public Health Nurse at Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health. Currently, Melissa is temporarily relocated to sunny California where she has gained work experience as a clinical and theory instructor within the Department of Community Health at the UCSF School of Nursing and as a Clinical Nurse Educator for a large community-based center.
Melissa is particularly enthusiastic about communicable disease prevention and control, as well as promoting the field of public health to nursing students.
*Please note this course is offered in English only, and registration is limited.
*The registration fee does NOT include the cost of the required course textbook.
*Participants will need access to an online library system to retrieve articles for required readings.
Melrose, S., & Perry, B. (Eds.). (2022). Clinical Teaching in Canadian Nursing. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.
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If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, please contact Sharada Boucher-Sharma, CASN Strategic Operations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-235-3150 ext. 130.