Workshops and Conferences

Clinical Instructor Intensive

The IEE 2019 CI Intensive Pushing the Envelope to Optimize Clinical Education was a huge success. We had close to 70 people in attendance for the two-day event from all over the east coast and as far west as Texas. Day one was filled with learning and sharing around Simulation Essentials. Day two had multiple sessions such as optimizing the student clinical experience, setting boundaries with social media, providing safe student experiences, and a look at the latest innovations in health education. We had an interprofessional panel of healthcare educators discuss the "sacred cows" in their discipline and together brainstormed on ways to disrupt these traditions. It was a fun-filled, educationally stimulating couple of days. View photos from the event here.

Mark your calendars for the 2020 CI Intensive scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2020.


The Clinical Instructor (CI) Intensive was first offered by the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in 2008 for the purpose of helping our School’s CIs – and CIs from other schools – better understand and effectively implement their roles as teachers in the clinical setting. This one- to two-day interactive conference is offered annually – typically during the summer months – and incorporates formal presentations by experts in teaching, case studies of challenging situations faced by CIs, sharing of policies and practices that exist in various schools and dialogue about role conflicts, communicating with course faculty and expectations of CIs.

Who is it for?

The challenges in Clinical Nursing Education today are many! The hiring, orientation, and development of clinical instructors (CIs) continues to be an ongoing challenge, particularly in light of the demands of our clinical settings and program curricula. Acquisition of sites, orientation to EHRs, navigating the ever-changing environment requires constant attention. Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has designed a workshop that – over the past 10 years – has helped many CIs be better prepared for their roles and responsibilities, as well as the dynamics of the healthcare arena.

The Intensive is led by a talented and experienced group of full-time Faculty and Clinical Nurse Educators who teach in our accelerated BSN and MSN programs. We believe the time spent in this intensive workshop is a valuable and important investment in the people who make our clinical courses come alive—the Clinical Instructors. The component of the Intensive for both novice and experienced CIs provides an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges that arise while teaching in the clinical setting and how to best understand and manage them. For example, issues related to students who are not prepared, staff members who are not particularly supportive of students, errors, managing one’s time when teaching up to 10 students, conducting effective post-clinical conferences, appropriate learning experiences for students and so on are discussed and dissected.

This Intensive is intended to be interactive and relevant, and to provide an opportunity for faculty and CIs to look at their current clinical teaching strategies and develop new ways to strengthen clinical education for pre-licensure and graduate nursing students. 

Teaching Conversationsinstructor workshop
What are they?

The IEE Teaching Conversations are an ongoing series of informal sessions, facilitated by DUSON faculty or other experts from the Duke or surrounding communities, that are designed to share educational innovations, strengthen teaching strategies or address common issues experienced by faculty. Each Teaching Conversation includes a brief presentation of the topic, which is followed by informal discussion among the participants – faculty from DUSON or other disciplines/schools, graduate students and nurse educators from other settings. All Teaching Conversations are made available via live streaming to those who wish to participate from a distance, and all are recorded so that they can be accessed by faculty and other members of the DUSON community at a later date.

Interested in Facilitating a Teaching Conversation?

Anyone interested in facilitating a Teaching Conversation is asked to complete an interest form and return it as noted. We welcome your participation.

Academic Year 2019-2020

The Teaching Conversations for the 2019-2020 academic year have been filled with great topics so far. All Teaching Conversations are scheduled for 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Pearson 1011, and the confirmed dates are as follows:


Speakers & Topics

June 26, 2019

Julie Cusatis, MEd
The Work of Encuentro - Creating Culturally Accessible Education Experiences for Latino Immigrants

September 10, 2019

Beth Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE
Teach More About Teams - A collaborative IPE project

September 24, 2019

Antoinette Barton-Gooden, Visiting Scholar, Jamaica
Nursing Education in Jamaica

October 15, 2019

William Bynum, MD and Lacrecia Bell, MSN, RN
Teaching with Compassion

November 5, 2019

Gian Carlo Torres
Nursing Education in the Philippines

December 3, 2019

Anna Li
Strategies for a Successful Program Evaluation and Accreditation Visit

January 9, 2020

Ann Saterback, PhD
Nursing and Engineering Collaborative

April 16, 2020

Leila Ledbetter, MLIS,AHIP
Expert Tricks for Searching PubMed - Search like a librarian!

May 5, 2020

Beth C. Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE
The Future of Higher Education: A Teaching Conversation

May 19, 2020

Angela Richard-Eaglin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Cultural Intelligence: The Conduit to Bias Management, Equity, and Organizational Wellness - Part I

May 21, 2020

Greg Marler, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FCCP; Margie Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE; Susan Silva, PhD; and Valerie Sabol, PhD, ACNP, GNP, CNE, CHSE, FAANP, FAAN
Obesity Trigger Films as a Training Intervention for Online Learning

July 14, 2020

Nicholas Hudak, MPA, MSEd, PA-C; Erin Leiman, MD; Amy Pastva, PT, MA, PhD, CHSE; and Margie Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE
Rethinking IPE in a COVID-19 Era and Beyond

July 21, 2020

Angela Richard-Eaglin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Cultural Intelligence: The Conduit to Bias Management, Equity, and Organizational Wellness - Part II

(POSTPONED) Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education: Opening Doors to Transform Nursing Education

Duke University School of Nursing | Durham, NC

This year's theme is Opening Doors to Transform Nursing Education. As nurse educators, we have the opportunity to influence the lives of our students and the patients and families they care for. This year's conference focus is on promoting diversity and inclusion in all ways. We face biases of age, gender, race, abilities, and culture. Nurses have the opportunity to welcome differences in each other, our students, and their current and future patients. Come and share our experiences and strategies, teaching methods and evaluation approaches with students.

Opening Doors to Transform Nursing Education Conference Objectives:

  • Describe Teaching Strategies that aid in the transformation of nursing education towards programs of excellence.

  • Explore various topics that challenge the way learners are currently taught in order to strive for inclusive, excellent nursing education.

  • Articulate overarching principles that nurse educators can use to help transform nursing education in ways that ensure it is learner-centered, evidence-based, innovative, inclusive, relevant for diverse student populations, and meets standards of excellence.


As an outgrowth of the Institute's activities, the Duke University School of Nursing established an annual conference in 2010 that would address the overarching theme of Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education. The conference was designed to challenge nurse educators to think differently about how we design and do the work of educating the next generation of nurses and leaders. It has been an opportunity for those teaching in all types of nursing education programs - practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral - to learn, grow and innovate. To date, the conference has welcomed national experts in Education to share with us. See below for more information.

Highlights from Past Conference



Keynote Speaker


The Science of Learning

Dr. James Lang, professor of English, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.; and author of "Small Teaching" and "Cheating Lessons."


Promoting Deeper Learning

Dr. Thomas Angelo, a clinical professor of Educational Innovation and Research in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education and director of Educator Development in the Academy for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy.


Active Learning and Engaging Teaching

Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He regularly presents workshops on effective college teaching around the world, is widely published and has received awards for teaching and pedagogical scholarship


Cultivating Meaningful Collaborations

Dr. Lee Schulman, immediate past-president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and an internationally-known award-winning education


Becoming a Student-Centered Teacher

Dr. Maryellen Weimer, noted educational scholar, editor of "Faculty Focus" and author of "Learner-Centered Teaching"


Preparing Faculty for the Challenge of Critically Reflective Teaching

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, an internationally-known education scholar and author of 15 books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory


What the Best College Teachers Do

Dr. Ken Bain, an internationally-known education scholar and author of the award-winning book "What the Best College Teachers Do"


Fostering Our Pedagogical Imagination

Dr. Pam Ironside, nursing education leader and scholar who is at the forefront of pedagogical research and development of the science of nursing education

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