The Clinical Scholar Model (CSM) is a practice-education partnership focused on improving the outcomes of clinical nursing education by bridging the academic and service settings. An expert clinical nurse serves as a clinical scholar (CS) to coordinate, supervise, and evaluate the clinical education of nursing students in collaboration with school of nursing faculty. This article describes the model's evolution, how the model is differentiated from traditional clinical instruction roles and responsibilities, and the benefits to the collaborating clinical agency and school of nursing.
The authors describe the Clinical Scholar Model and its benefits to the clinical agency and school of nursing.
Gayle Preheim, EdD, RN, CNAA, BC, is Associate Professor/Director, Baccalaureate Nursing Program, School of Nursing, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO.
Kathy Casey, MS, RN, is Clinical Development Coordinator, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, CO.
Mary Krugman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Director, Professional Resources, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, CO.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Gayle Preheim, EdD, RN, CNAA, BC, Baccalaureate Nursing Program, School of Nursing, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, C288-12, 4200 East Ninth Avenue, Denver, CO 80262 (e-mail: Gayle.Preheim@uchsc.edu).