oh no i actually meant Clinical Instructor. These days in order to take students to facilities clinical instructor has to spend 3-5 days on floor as getting oriented like new nurse with a preceptor and for these days she does not gets paid as RN as there are hr limitation for payment by community colleges. She does it on her own time with less pay.
My hospital has a big problem with clinical faculty competence -- or should I say "incompetence." I work in a children's hospital and some schools send faculty with no previous inpatient experience -- or experience that was 20 years ago. We cannot trust the schools to send us clinically competent faculty members: so we have to insist that they spend some time demonstrating that they know how to take care of the patients. And even competent peds nurses need to learn our systems and policies if they have never worked in our facility before.
... and yes, I have been a clinical instructor in the past. I was grateful for the orientation I received from the clinical unit. I didn't want to be practicing on a unit where I didn't know what I was doing.
I think it is great that hospitals require clinical instructors to be competent. Should a staff development dept (or the dept. that oversees orientation of staff and volunteers) make that final decision to see who will be leading the students in THEIR facility. Recruiting nursing faculty is not easy. The pay cut and hours and not optimal and the recruitment pool small. I 100% agree with lig on this one. I was happy that the next childrens hospital I will instruct at requires orientation but I am extremely disappointed that the SON is not paying for that orientation.