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Clinical Instructor Intensive 2018

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 and we hope you will join us for the 2018 CI Intensive.

The Intensive— designed this year to address key clinical topics in Undergraduate AND MSN programs will be 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—and we hope you will attend and encourage your colleagues to do the same.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 has been 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. This worthwhile conference—August 10, 2018 (9am – 5pm)—will be held at the Duke University School of Nursing. Watch for a Register Now email in May with a link to the registration website for conference details, registration fees, and nearby hotel accommodations and parking facilities. Participation will be limited to the first 100 individuals who register. A 10 percent fee reduction will be available when three or more members from the same school register.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with your team to bring innovation to clinical teaching at your school. What a fun way to kick off the new semester and the new academic year! For more information, contact Beth Phillips at

Registration Fees*

General Public: $80
Duke, DUSON, DUHS: $60

* Registration includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, CEUs

2017 Clinical Instructor Intensive

The 10th annual Clinical Instructor (CI) Intensive was held on August 5.  The event was attended by more than 80 nurse educators from five different states. Attendees learned and shared challenges and success strategies related to teaching students in the clinical setting including topics such as Diverse Students, working with At-Risk Students, and Setting Boundaries.The goals of the CI Intensive were to help clinical instructors suggest ways to keep skill performance and task completion in balance with learning goals related to thinking, priority setting, relationship building, interprofessional collaboration, etc.; propose ways CIs can enhance synergy among all participants in the clinical experience – students, clinical staff, themselves – in order to create a positive and collaborative learning environment; discuss the interrelation among personal values, teaching philosophy, student/teacher relationships and one’s actions as a CI; analyze potential sources of stress for CIs and ways to thrive despite such stressors; explore how one’s values influence one’s teaching; and propose ways in which taxonomies can be used to enhance student learning in the clinical setting.

The goals of the CI Intensive were to explore reasons for including clinical experiences in nursing programs, describe strategies CIs can use connect clinical learning experiences with overall course goals, clarify the role of the CI and how that influences the “boundaries” they set and maintain with students, examine ways CIs can successfully work with diverse student populations, including those at risk, propose ways CIs can encourage students to value teamwork and communication in a professional manner, and recommend ways CIs can support their own and their students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Discussion of these important topics were led by DUSON’s full-time faculty.  Participants engaged in think-pair-share and lively group discussions.  Individuals commented on how much they learned in one day and how glad they “decided to spend a Saturday this way.”

Interested in attending the 2018 Clinical Instructor Intensive? Check back in May for registration!

Specific topics from past CI Intensives include the following:

  • Clinical Learning: WHY Do We Do It?
  • Your Role & the Boundaries You Set & Maintain
  • Teamwork & Communication through a Professional Lens
  • Working with Diverse Student Populations
  • The Many Roles of the Clinical Instructor: Exploring Six Cs
  • Facilitating Learning in the Affective Domain: Who, When & How
  • Effective Debriefing: Individuals & Groups … Lab & Clinical Settings
  • Psychomotor Skills: Expected Level of Performance & Keeping Them in Perspective
  • Helping Students Transition to the Graduate Clinician Role
  • What the Best Clinical Instructors Do: Voices of Students
  • What the Best Clinical Instructors Do: Voices of Clinical Partners
  • Legal Considerations as a Clinical Instructor
  • Managing Multiple Demands of One’s Role … Role Adaptation
  • Conducting Effective Clinical Conferences
  • Linking Classroom, Clinical & Laboratory Experiences
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Strengthening Clinical Teaching Through Simulation
  • Making Assignments

As a result of discussions related to topics such as these, participants develop a repertoire of strategies to use in their clinical teacher role and a network of colleagues they can contact for support, advice and information.


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.