Have you noticed changes in nursing education and health care?  Maybe you’ve faced complex patient problems, new technology or changes in nursing care delivery.   Or, perhaps you’ve encountered complex clinical agency demands or you interact with nursing staff who are burdened with increasing patient care responsibilities.   Maybe, you’ve noticed that nursing students have different needs and expectations than just a few years ago.  You, like many other clinical teachers, face these issues and struggle to figure out how to be an effective clinical educator while preparing competent and skilled nurses who are ready to confront the demands they will encounter in practice. We’ve written a book, Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing, now in its fourth edition, to help you face these teaching challenges regardless of the type of teaching position, level of students, or background and knowledge you bring to the clinical teaching situation.

We think a variety of people will be interested in reading our book including those considering a clinical teaching position such as graduate students or recent graduates, teachers with limited educational preparation for the role of clinical nurse educator, those transitioning to academia from clinical practice, and even experienced educators who want to stay up-to-date.  Additionally, given the high demands on faculty, use of adjunct teachers, and the dwindling pipeline of experienced educators, many clinical teachers are looking for some guidance from experienced educators.  Our book provides just that sort of help.  We’ve taken our diverse and extensive knowledge of teaching and combined that into a book that should help navigate the challenges of clinical teaching and serve as a resource as you embark on this adventure.

Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing was designed to help clinical teachers establish a firm foundational understanding of clinical teaching including issues impacting clinical teaching, outcomes of clinical teaching, development of clinical learning sites, preparation for clinical learning activities, and ethical and legal issues.  The book also provides you with strategies for effective clinical teaching such as how to craft clinical learning assignments and use self-directed learning, and other teaching approaches.   Since clinical teaching is impacted by the rapid growth of technology we also address the use of clinical simulation and other technology for clinical teaching.  Lastly, we know that many teachers struggle with clinical evaluation so we conclude with a discussion about evaluation strategies including written assignments, clinical evaluation and grading.  Interspersed throughout the book are practical examples and exhibits that provide useful suggestions to guide teachers.

To assist educators who might use this book as part of a course, we’ve also developed helpful supplemental materials such as a sample syllabus, PowerPoint presentations for each chapter, and an instructor’s resource with suggested learning activities, discussion questions, online resources, and assessment strategies for each chapter.  We hope that regardless of whether you are a novice or an experienced educator this book and these resources provide you with the tools to meet the challenge of clinical teaching today.