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Nurse Educ Today. 2014 Jan;34(1):6-10. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.04.003. Epub 2013 Apr 26.

A case for collaborative networks for clinical nurse educators.

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  • 1University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing, Level 3, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1C9, Canada. Electronic address: kscoates@ualberta.ca.


Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs) are a unique subspecialty of nurse educators whose primary purpose is to support the ongoing educational needs of clinical nurses. The role has been described as both isolating and overwhelming. In this paper, we first review the current context for CNEs, specifically, the lack of role clarity and explore some reasons for job dissatisfaction. We then propose collaborative networks as a strategy to address these concerns. The potential benefits of these networks include opportunities for: role clarity, decreased isolation, shared finite resources, reduced duplication of work, ongoing professional development, and mentorship. Additionally, we propose enhanced, intersectoral collaborations with Academic Nurse Educators, those nurses employed at academic institutions to educate nursing students. These networks could improve research capacity and knowledge translation to the frontlines of care delivery, professional growth, and responsible use of resources in both sectors.

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Academic Nurse Educator; Academic Partnerships; Clinical Nurse Educator; Intersectoral Partnerships; Network/Networking; Staff Development Educator

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