Feature ArticleChildbearing Families: Implementation of the Clinical Scholar Model for Clinical TeachingHorner, Marianne Druva MSN, CNM, RN; Center, Deborah MSN, CNS, RN; Strauss, Wendi Pulse MS, RN-IO; Kowalski, Karren PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Foss, Katharine MSN, RNAuthor Information Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (Mss Horner and Center and Dr Kowalski), Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Regis University (Dr Strauss), and University of Colorado Denver (Ms Foss), Denver, Colorado. Corresponding Author: Marianne Druva Horner, MSN, CNM, RN, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, 5290 E Yale Cir, Ste #102, Denver, CO 80222 (Marianne@ColoradoNursingCenter.org). This unique private/public venture is supported by the US Department of Labor, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. The US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Division provides partial funding to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for this project. Submitted for publication: May 19, 2009; Accepted for publication: May 20, 2009 The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: July-September 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 230-240 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e3181ae725c Buy Metrics Abstract This conceptual article describes a model for the development of clinical instructors/faculty, called Clinical Scholars that addresses the needs in times of shortage and economic limitations. The authors present a solution for one of the bottlenecks to the nursing workforce pipeline, which may be further replicated. The model was conceptualized to address not only the quantity of available clinical instructors but also the quality of the preparation of these instructors. As faculty members in the Clinical Scholar course, the authors describe the model as applicable to teaching in the perinatal clinical setting. Included is a brief review of the literature providing a foundation for the model, the curriculum, and the strategies utilized in the 40-hour didactic course. An example of the successful utilization of the model for perinatal nursing is included. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.