The role of a clinical nursing instructor is one of educator, mentor and collaborator.
Pros: autonomy and flexibility
Cons: turnover in management
As a clinical instructor, I prepared clinical patient assignments for 7-9 nursing students in an acute care setting. The students engaged in the application of the nursing process and the daily formulation of individualized nursing care plans identifying all aspects of the patient including physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs.My responsibilities also included the students orientation, training to computerized documentation, guidance, preparation and clinical evaluation. I collaborated with the staff, unit manager and hospital educator to maximize the learning process for each student. In my role, I also served as a liaison between the college of nursing and each clinical location. I enjoyed the relationships immensely that was developed in my role as an educator. My co-workers were supportive, enthusiastic and great to work with on various committees. I never viewed any aspect of my position in a negative light however, the college did endure several transitions in management which impacted faculty.