Course Description 

Clinical education is a foundational component of nursing education. Clinical instructors have a fundamental role in the education of nursing students, to ensure they are adequately prepared with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to work in a wide-range of practice settings and speciality areas, and meet entry-to-practice competencies. This six-week foundational course encompasses clinical education at the baccalaureate level in acute care settings, and public health and community health care placements. Course themes include: roles and responsibilities of the clinical instructor; monitoring and evaluating students in clinical settings; developing good patient assignments; mentoring and coaching students; creating a positive learning environment for students; roles and responsibilities of the educational unit in clinical education; and, issues, challenges and strategies for clinical instructors.

Course Audience 

This course is designed for Registered Nurses interested in becoming clinical instructors and novice nursing clinical instructors teaching at the baccalaureate level. 

Course Objectives 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a nursing clinical instructor at the baccalaureate level;
  2. Describe and apply the theoretical principles of clinical instructing in acute care, public health and community health-care settings;
  3. Create a positive learning environment for students;
  4. Mentor and coach students in clinical settings;
  5. Analyze and evaluate nursing students’ clinical knowledge and skills in acute care, public health and community health-care settings;
  6. Describe the issues and challenges facing clinical instructors, and identify and apply constructive strategies that enable positive learning experiences and outcomes for students; and,
  7. Recognize the role of the educational institution in supporting clinical instructors to ensure optimal student learning outcomes.

Course Completion Requirements 

View pre-recorded webinars, attend “live” online chats, and successfully complete a midterm and a final assessment.

Course Instructors

Jeanette Suurdt, NP, MSc, BNSc, BA

Acute Care Course Instructor


Melissa Raby, RN, MPA, MPH, BNSc

Public Health and Community Health Course Instructor


Registration fee includes:

  • Pre-recorded webinars
  • Live, instructor led online chats
  • Instruction, correspondence and support from two highly qualified nursing clinical instructors
  • Moodle learning platform
  • Midterm and final exam
  • CASN Certificate of Successful Completion

Please note: this course is being offered in English, and registration is limited. The registration fee does not include the cost of the required course textbook. Participants are responsible for purchasing the required course textbook.

Participants will need access to an online library system to retrieve weekly readings.

Required Course Textbook

Oermann, M., Shellenbarger, T. & Gaberson, K., (2017). Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing

(5th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

*Available in paper and e-book!

ISBN: 978-0-8261-4002-9

ebook ISBN: 978-0-8261-4003-6

ASIN: B0719LS8S3 (Kindle)

Clinical Instructor Certification Course (Fall 2018)

  • Wednesday Oct 10 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Wednesday Oct 17 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Wednesday Oct 24 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Wednesday Nov 07 2018, 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
    Wednesday Nov 14 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online/en ligne (Adobe Connect, Moodle)