Workshops and Conferences

Virtual Clinical Instructor Intensive - "Rising to the Occasion: Lasting lessons from teaching during change"

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The live virtual Clinical Instructor Intensive occurred on August 11, 2020. WE had an incredible group of more than 90 people in attendance via Zoom for the 6 hour Intensive. Educators from across the USA and as far as the Middle East and Africa joined us.

Visit this link to register and access the recording of the live virtual Clinical Instructor Intensive. Available until September 15, 2021.

The challenges in Clinical Nursing Education today have multiplied over the last several year with all of the chaos and change in the world! Clinical instructors (CIs) are needed more than ever, particularly considering the demands of our healthcare settings in light of COVID-19. Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has designed a conference that - over the past 12 years - has helped many CIs be better prepared for their roles and responsibilities, as well as the dynamics of the healthcare arena.

The Intensive, designed to be presented virtually this year, addressed key clinical topics for clinical educators of healthcare disciplines students and was led by a talented and experienced group of full-time faculty and clinical nurse educators who teach in our health education programs.

This Intensive provided an opportunity for faculty and CIs to examine their current clinical teaching strategies and develop new ways to strengthen clinical education for pre-licensure and graduate health education students. We also explored ways to transition from clinical educator to a full-time faculty position. Finally, we concluded the intensive with strategies to find life balance in the midst of our world.


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. 

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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 2020-2021

The Teaching Conversations for the 2020-2021 academic year have been filled with great topics so far.

To receive continuing education credit, the event needs to be viewed through Ethos. View instructions on completing modules through Ethos.


Speakers & Topics

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

August 4, 2020

Beth Cusatis Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE
Ambiguity in Healthcare

August 27, 2020 Amie Koch, DNP, FNP-C, RN, ACHPN
White Supremacy and Intersections with Nursing Education
October 15, 2020 Amie Koch, DNP, FNP-C, RN, ACHPN; Angela Richard-Eaglin, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP; and Stephanie Ibemere, PhD Postdoctoral Associate
Tools and Strategies to Combat White Supremacy in Nursing Education
November 12, 2020 Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Avoiding Predatory Journals and A Word About Preprints
January 5, 2021 Eun Gyung Kim, PhD
Factors Influencing Korean Nurses' Turnover and Intention to Leave
January 14, 2021 Diane Seibert, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, FAANP
Strategies for Threading and Mapping Genomics Content in Graduate Nursing Programs
February 4, 2021 Brad L. Teague, PhD; and Graduate School Team
Helping Non-native English Speakers Succeed
February 11, 2021 Benjamin Smallheer, PhD; Carolina (Callie) Tennyson, DNP; Ragan Johnson, DNP; Rémi Hueckel, DNP; Margaret Bowers, DNP; and Sean Convoy, DNP
Innovative Teaching Strategies Discovered During COVID
March 11, 2021 Elizabeth Ross, DPT, MMSc, FACH
Supporting Students Through Coaching
April 13, 2021 Jennie De Gagne, PhD, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Health Professions Students on Twitter
Visit this link to view 2019-2020 Teaching Conversations.
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