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New Clinical Instructor Getting Organized

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by HiddencatBSN HiddencatBSN (Member) Member

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I’m really excited to be teaching my first clinical this fall in my specialty. I love precepting and having students with me, being a CI has been a goal of mine for a while, and this opportunity just fell in to my lap.

Our first faculty meeting is coming up but I wanted to start getting myself organized. What is your set up to manage assignments received, grades, student progress notes, info and materials to give out to students? 

Also it seems like there’s going to be a fair amount of leeway in how and what I do in pre and post conference which is exciting but also nerve-wracking because....I’m new and have no clue what I’m doing. 

I’d appreciate any advice anyone has.

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elizabeast7 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN and specializes in TMS, Education, Simulation.

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That's very exciting! Congrats on getting into clinical education. 

I try to stay on top of everything as best as possible. I have binders for my sections - and depending on what I'm doing I have folders for each student. I got those file accordion folder things last year but ended up not really liking how they worked. I use excel to keep track of attendance, but that's less of an issue with clinicals. 

In terms of pre/post conference, I would recommend checking with your lead faculty to see what topics they are currently learning and trying to work that into a discussion. I also sometimes use this time to discuss things that the students want to learn about - I asked them on the first day to submit topics and then I prepared a short (like 5 minute) lecture on it and then had discussion questions for us. 

I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions! 

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