1st Edition

So You Want to Teach Clinical? A Guide for New Nursing Clinical Instructors

By Laura Jaroneski, Lori Przymusinski Copyright 2019
    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    114 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teaching nursing students in a clinical setting with patients differs greatly from teaching in a classroom. It can be a daunting task if one is not prepared and mentored.

    This book provides a concise and accessible guide for nursing instructors leading students in the healthcare agency for the first time, as well as experienced educators who are interested in exploring new teaching strategies. It covers many aspects of the clinical instructor role including:

    • meeting the nurse manager
    • organizing and documenting your clinical day
    • creating clinical student assignments
    • objectively evaluating student's individual performance
    • acknowledging diversity and inclusiveness
    • tracking progress and handling student errors

    In addition, the book discusses some of the more complex issues surrounding the role of the clinical instructor such as accountability for nursing care, documentation and medication administration carried out by students.

    The book features numerous forms and charts to assist in organizing and managing the teaching experience, as well as situational scenarios to help prepare instructors for unique situations that arise during the clinical experience.

    Written by authors with extensive experience in clinical care and teaching, this book will be an invaluable guide for all clinical nursing instructors, both novice and experienced.


    Examples of tools in the book and online downloadable forms to support an organized clinical experience for a new instructor accompany this publication.

    Chapter 1 Before You Begin

    Chapter 2 Resources for the Journey

    Chapter 3 Role Modeling and Professional Expectations

    Chapter 4 Organizing and Documenting Your Clinical Day

    Chapter 5 The Development of Critical Thinking

    Chapter 6 Medication Administration: A Complex Challenge

    Chapter 7 Alternative Clinical Assignments and Experiences

    Chapter 8 Diversity and Inclusiveness

    Chapter 9 The Evaluation of Students

    Chapter 10 Accountability, Collaboration, and Professional Relationships

    Appendix 4C

    Appendix 4D

    Appendix 4F

    Appendix 4G

    Appendix 4H

    Appendix 4I

    Appendix 5A

    Appendix 6A

    Appendix 6B

    Appendix 7A


    Laura A. Jaroneski is currently an adjunct nursing faculty member at Macomb Community College. Her clinical experience spans 25 years as a medical-surgical and oncology staff nurse plus 14 years as nursing faculty teaching students to critically think in didactic courses, clinical settings, skills assessment laboratories and high-fidelity patient simulations.

    Lori A. Przymusinski, a nurse for 35 years, focused her career on the care of adult medical surgical patients. She became a full-time nursing faculty member at Oakland Community College in 2006 lecturing and leading students through their clinical experiences for 12 years, where she later served as the Dean and Associate Dean of Nursing and Health Professions for four years guiding the program’s eight-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in 2014.