The Clinical Nurse Instructor: Best Practices in Orienting Newly Hired Clinical Faculty
Toelke, Lana D.
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A clinical instructor prepares students to think critically and act effectively, grooming students for a lifetime of learning in a changing world. Faced with faculty shortages, limited educational resources, and competition for clinical sites, educators today are challenged in preparing nursing students to provide safe, effective nursing care. Review of the literature concludes that making the transition to the clinical nursing instructor role is not easy. Some clinicians voice that they lack preparation for this new role. This state of the science review explores the question of how clinicians can use best practices to enhance understanding of the orientation process as they prepare for the role of a clinical nurse educator. The desired outcome of this preparation is to increase employee satisfaction and decrease·tumover within the first two years of hire.