Fast Facts for the Clinical Nursing Instructor

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Fast Facts for the Clinical Nursing Instructor

SKU# 9780826118943

Clinical Teaching in a Nutshell, Second Edition

Author: Eden Zabat Kan PhD, RN, Susan Stabler-Haas MSN, RN, CS, LMFT


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Praise for the First Edition:

[O]ffers advice on everything from organizing the clinical experience to understanding the legal issues of clinical education....The authors have 32 years of combined teaching experience and are able to offer quality, real life, clear instructions and advice in an easy-to-read book that easily slips into a lab coat pocket for a ready reference. This is a must have for the new clinical instructor as well as a concise reference for those who have been in the trenches but could use some streamlining to their teaching methods."--Nursing Education Perspectives

This new edition of the popular "Fast Facts" guide to nursing education continues to provide a wealth of pragmatic information about preparing nurses to become top-notch clinical instructors. Using real-life experiences, the guide follows the instructor from day one through clinical assignments to complete an entire rotation. Substantially revised, it includes:

Two new chapters:

  • The role of simulation in clinical learning
  • Sample letters of reference and how to obtain them

New or revised information:

  • Case studies of negative experiences that illustrate what not to do as a clinical instructor
  • New examples of online modules
  • Changes in accreditation requirements
  • How to foster student accountability
  • Preparing for your clinical teaching assignment
  • How to organize your semester regarding goals, communication with students, establishing student expectations, and more
  • Changes in student and teacher liability
  • How to identify and help weak students
  • How to deal with punctuality and absences
  • Safety concerns

The book describes policies and procedures with which instructors must be familiar, and reviews legal issues including confidentiality and patient privacy. Proper documentation and student evaluations are discussed as well as how to conduct student clinical conferences. Also covered are ways to make efficient use of onsite personnel and the instructor's responsibility regarding NCLEX preparation. This is a valuable resource for nurses who are beginning their professional teaching careers and for seasoned faculty trying to optimize the learning experience for their students.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 28, 2013
  • Page Count 208
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826118943
  • EISBN 9780826118998

About The Author(s) 

Eden Zabat Kan, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor, Nursing Department, Health Sciences Division, The College of Southern Maryland, where she is responsible for didactic and clinical instruction for first semester students. Dr. Kan received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Penn State University at State College, PA., her master’s degree in nursing education from Villanova University, Villanova, PA, and her doctorate in nursing science from Widener University, Chester, PA.

Table of Contents 

PART I - Appreciating Your New Identity: From Care Giver to Educator

1. Developing a New Identity as a Clinical Nursing Instructor

2. Understand the Rules: What Every Nursing Instructor Needs to Know about the Nursing Program’s Policies

PART II - Your Success Depends on “Y O U” : Preparing for Your Clinical Teaching Assignment

3. You Are a Guest, So Act like One

4. Organize the Semester – Have a Plan

5. Confidentiality and Patient Privacy

PART III - Getting to Know Your Nursing Students: Who Are The Best and Who Are The Rest?

6. The High Fliers: How to Screen for Higher Achieving Students

7. The Not-So-High Fliers: How to Screen for Potential “Problem Students”

PART IV – The Performance Appraisals: Clinical Evaluations

8. Making the Most of Student Self-Evaluation

9. The Dos and DON’Ts of Student Documentation

10. Early Warning System

11. Graded Clinical vs. Pass/Fail Evaluations

PART V – Communication at Clinical Conferences

12. Preconferences

13. Postconferences

PART VI - The Art of Making a Clinical Assignment

14. Unplanned Events

15. Alternative Assignments

PART VII - Competencies Not Met

16. Punctuality and Absences

17. Unsafe Practice

18. What Your Students Will Expect of You

19. Letters of Reference (NEW)

20. The Role of Simulations (NEW)

21. Conclusion (1E chapter19)

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D (NEW)


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