Any Suggestions for a 1st time Clinical Instructor??? - page 3

I am interviewing for a temporary position as a Clinical Instructor. It will be 4 weekends spread out with two in Feb, one in March, and the last in April. I have not taught formerly at a college or... Read More

  1. by   EmmaSwan47
    i am a young instructor, with not as many years of nursing expereince, but my student do not know this. i get compliments often about how much they like that i am current with practice and can actually speak about patient-care expereinces that i have had over the years. i work 4 shifts a month to keep my skills up and let me tell you, it helps.

    recently i switched to teaching a new floor. the nurses were not real nice the first few weeks. soon after that, they realized that i was a helpful and did have clinical skills and started coming to me with questions and iv starts (i am the iv queen) this was before student could start them, so alot of times they watched. when we got to the area in the semester when they could try it, they verbalized that they felt more comfortable because they had watched me do it.

    i also do the nurse leader, but i have them supervise their peers. one clinical student is the leader for the day. this is the first time i have done this, but the response was great and i will continue this in the future. some students were hesitant about it, but all agree that it was a valuable experience.

    i love this list, i learn so much by listening to others. yes, students do things slow (slower than i expected when i started teaching) but i just hold my hands to avoid reaching in and give them their time. i was hesitant about my group this time, because they were the slowest, but they grew so much!!

    take care to all,
    emma
  2. by   CONQUEROR
    Quote from emmaswan47
    i am a young instructor, with not as many years of nursing expereince, but my student do not know this. i get compliments often about how much they like that i am current with practice and can actually speak about patient-care expereinces that i have had over the years. i work 4 shifts a month to keep my skills up and let me tell you, it helps.

    recently i switched to teaching a new floor. the nurses were not real nice the first few weeks. soon after that, they realized that i was a helpful and did have clinical skills and started coming to me with questions and iv starts (i am the iv queen) this was before student could start them, so alot of times they watched. when we got to the area in the semester when they could try it, they verbalized that they felt more comfortable because they had watched me do it.

    i also do the nurse leader, but i have them supervise their peers. one clinical student is the leader for the day. this is the first time i have done this, but the response was great and i will continue this in the future. some students were hesitant about it, but all agree that it was a valuable experience.

    i love this list, i learn so much by listening to others. yes, students do things slow (slower than i expected when i started teaching) but i just hold my hands to avoid reaching in and give them their time. i was hesitant about my group this time, because they were the slowest, but they grew so much!!

    take care to all,
    emma
    emma,
    is there a manual one can use to enhance teaching clinicals?
  3. by   Anthonyshamoun
    Dear future instructure
    i am a clinical educator for the critical care units,
    i advice you to read about personality traits, methods of teaching and motivation.
    this will help you a lot approaching students and colleagues while teaching or educating them.
    Best of all is to know yourself before getting to knowothers.
    Quote from nightngale1998
    I am interviewing for a temporary position as a Clinical Instructor. It will be 4 weekends spread out with two in Feb, one in March, and the last in April. I have not taught formerly at a college or as a clinical instructor before.

    I am comfortable with students and am familiar with the floor I will be working at with the students. The only experience I can draw from, for the 5 students, is what I remember from my ADN and BSN experiences several years ago.

    I would very much appreciate any suggestions I can do to prepare myself for this task. We will be doing 3 / 12s which seems like a lot. The students will be senior students taking their elective clinicals. Again, I have 5 students which seem like a lot (hmmmm... 5 students = 5 patients = 5 families etc).

    I do remember my instructor prepping us a lot when we first started in our ADN program; we would also take a longer break to discuss our patients and make it more a group experience. I also remember, ugh... the chart checks and care plans we researched and worked on the night before....

    I am just filling out paperwork now and will not meet the students until the morning of the 1st clinicals.

    Please help and offer any suggestion, tips, or preparation I can do to make the experience a good one for the students.

    Thank you in advance,

    night
  4. by   Win98
    I found the following book extremely useful when I first began clinical teaching. In fact, when I showed it to the college where I am teaching, they have advised all new clinical teaching staff to get it. It's available on Amazon.
    Clinical Instruction and Evaluation: A Teaching Resource
    by Andrea B. O'Connor


    The blurb on the book is as follows:
    "AJN Book of the Year Award 2001. Clinical Instruction and Evaluation: A Teaching Resource is a guide for part-time faculty who are expert clinicians with a strong interest in teaching, but with little preparation for the role of nursing educator. This book specifically covers both the theoretical and practical know-how needed to succeed as a clinical nursing instructor and provide the highest quality of clinical education for nursing students."

    Well worth the money!!!
  5. by   infullbloom1
    As a student just finishing up my first year, I would say don't underestimate the students. Push them. Underestimating them is insulting to them and does nothing for their self-esteem. Its as if you are telling them that you don't think they are capable of more. Praise them and practice much patience!
  6. by   craigrah
    Document Document Document - Everything. Don't intimidate. Praise often. Be gentle with criticism. Often it may not be received as constructive.

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