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A Multimodal Orientation Program for Novice Part-Time Clinical Nursing Instructors

Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2021    |    PP. 197-213    |PDF (203 K)|    Pub. Date: October 24, 2021
DOI: 10.54647/education88289    14 Downloads     676 Views  

Author(s)
Maria Pratt, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Lynn Martin, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Ruth Chen, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Abstract
Background: While experienced practicing nurses are equipped with the knowledge and skills required in their specialized areas of practice, translating their expertise into nursing education as a clinical nursing instructor is not an easy feat. This study aims to explore the impact of a multimodal orientation program consisting of a didactive and interactive workshop session and mentorship experience for novice clinical nursing instructors piloted at one undergraduate nursing program in southwestern Ontario.
Methods: This quality improvement project used a qualitative descriptive approach that involved a content analysis of interview texts with nine novice clinical instructors who participated in the orientation program. Interviews were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim.
Results: The analysis of findings from the interviews revealed four key themes associated with the knowledge of instructors prior to starting their clinical teaching role, including their preparations for the role, their perceived role challenges, the impact of the orientation program, and the essence of mentorship for new instructors.
Conclusions: This quality improvement initiative demonstrated that providing a formal orientation workshop and having experienced mentors to support new clinical faculty development while navigating their new clinical teaching role are essential for ensuring a successful teaching experience.

Keywords
part-time clinical instructor, nursing education, faculty development, mentorship experience, qualitative study

Cite this paper
Maria Pratt, Lynn Martin, Ruth Chen, A Multimodal Orientation Program for Novice Part-Time Clinical Nursing Instructors, SCIREA Journal of Education. Vol. 6 , No. 6 , 2021 , pp. 197 - 213 . https://doi.org/10.54647/education88289

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