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J Nurs Educ. 2015 Feb;54(2):111-5. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20150120-02. Epub 2015 Jan 20.

Onboarding new adjunct clinical nursing faculty using a quality and safety education for nurses-based orientation model.


In light of the nursing faculty shortage, many clinical nurses are transitioning to adjunct clinical faculty roles. This transition requires formal orientation programs that are based on an established framework that links academic and practice competencies. The authors propose that linking academic and practice competencies will enhance students' education and promote patient safety. The model described in this article uses the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies to design and deliver an onboarding orientation model for new adjunct clinical faculty. For each QSEN competency, orientation topics, learning objectives for new faculty, and orientation activities are offered. This model serves as a template on which new adjunct clinical faculty can be onboarded, thus lessening role-transition stressors. Adequately prepared adjunct clinical faculty offer students a clinical expert who has received an orientation built on the QSEN competencies.

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