Tips for Making Your Clinical Day Better - page 3

Make your expectations clear and be organized. The best clinical instructor I have had so far gave us a list of things we should always be doing (from check armband and emergency equip, assessment specifics, look at chart and... Read More

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    Clinical Preparation Sheet

    Excellent template and resource
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 9, '09

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    Guidelines for Clinical Mapping - another helpful resource :spin:
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 9, '09
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    <center>to access parts of the care plan, click on the links below:</center>
    1. nursing care plans
    2. care plan part a
    3. care plan part b
    4. care plan part c
    another great careplan resource:
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 9, '09
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    I am a clinical instructor picking up a new class at the end of the month. Anyone else care to expand on the above. I am not a new instructor, just trying to be a better one. Thanks.
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    All of this information is very helpful. I will be teaching Clinical for the first time starting in September. I am so excited!!!
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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU VICKYRN!!!! You have eased my anxiety somewhat. I will be teaching clinicals for the very first time this Sept. I'm sooooo excited and scared at the same time. Your links and articles were very helpful.

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    Update: Last semester was my first time teaching! I loved it! I found my true passion in nursing. At the end of the semester the students had to complete an Instructor Evaluation - I was told that I had great evaluations and I was asked back for the upcoming semester! (I am PT Faculty -contract). I was also asked to instruct lab as well as clinical. I have taken on both and will start very soon. This is the best job ever! I look forward to work everyday. It is very rewarding and challenging at times, but I love the challenge. It just makes my day to see their faces light up when the light bulb finally goes off. I will continue to do this forever!!!

    I would love to hear how all the first timers semeters went...
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    I would also like a copy of your form. I have been teaching in the clinical area for several years, but still feel very inexperienced. Vicky93. Please send me a PM or use the e-mail in my profile page.
    Last edit by VickyRN on May 9, '09 : Reason: To preserve privacy, personal e-mail addy removed
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    Thank you so much for this great information. I am also a clinical instructor and started as one in January of 2006 (UT El Paso). At that time, there wasn't much of orientation for new faculty, I pretty much have to figure things out on my own, in order to float. I have learned so much since, although student evaluations is still sometimes a challenge.

    I would appreciate it greatly if you could give me a copy, not sure how. I have fax and email, however, not sure if it is appropriate to post emails and fax.

    What has been really helpful for me as a clinical instructor is to be extremely organized and conveying my expectations for all the students. During clinical orientation, I have a student packet that I provide to all my students. It has their clinical rotations for the whole 6 weeks, my ground rules, paperwork that needs to be submitted daily and weekly, and a lot more. I give them information on the latest JCAHO requirements, core measures, AIDET (patient communication tool), SBAR, etc. The students find the packet I proveide really helpful and keeps them organized too. I do not get a lot of phonecall from students. I tell them to check and look at the packet first, if the information they need is not in there, that is the only time they will call me.

    If anyone wants to check out my student packet, I am willing to share it with anybody. I share this too to all the new faculty, who works with me and they are thrilled for the help.

    Thank you so much. This is my very first post.

    Vicky, RN
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    Hi RN28MD,

    In my experience, if you have to teach or be a clinical instructor for ADN/BSN students, you have to have a master's degree in nursing. As a BSN, I know you can be a clinical instructor, but for LVN/LPN students, or another choice is to be a TA for a master's prepared RN in the clinical. If this is the case, you and the master's prepared instructor can have a maximum of 15 students in the clincal, which is a lot.

    Shull is right, always check your state board of nursing requirement. Thanks and hope this helps.

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