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Nurse Educ Pract. 2013 Jul;13(4):288-93. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.03.022. Epub 2013 Apr 21.

Expert clinician to clinical teacher: developing a faculty academy and mentoring initiative.

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Salisbury University, Department of Nursing, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801, USA.


The lack of sufficient numbers of qualified nursing faculty to prepare nursing students for entry into the field of nursing is of national and international concern. Recruiting expert clinicians and preparing them as clinical teachers is one approach to addressing the faculty shortage. Adequate training for the new role is paramount to promote job satisfaction and reduce attrition. Various models for orienting and preparing expert nurse clinicians as clinical educators are reported in the literature with little consensus or research to support a single approach. This paper describes a collaborative effort to prepare experienced registered nurse clinicians for new roles as part-time clinical faculty. Using a blend of learning strategies (face-to-face, online, simulation, and group mentoring sessions), this training experience was designed to cover content while promoting discussion of issues and challenges and providing much-needed mentorship. Outcomes include 12 new clinical faculty, 25% from groups underrepresented in nursing, with nine newly employed as part-time clinical teachers.

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