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"Know Worries!" A Clinical Faculty Orientation Model

Hutchinson, Pamela J. MSN, RN; Tate, Michelle Ann BSN, RN; Torbeck, Janet M. MSN, RN; Smith, Ethel BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31820b4fff
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Formal orientation for nursing faculty who teach in a clinical facility should be standard practice. To maximize the clinical experience (for both students and instructors), a large pediatric hospital developed a mandatory, comprehensive orientation program for all visiting faculty. Observed benefits include enhanced faculty competency, improved learning experiences for students, and reduced turnover in clinical instructors providing consistency in content. The authors hope to inspire other large institutions to provide similar orientation programs for visiting/teaching faculty at their institution.

Authors' Affiliation: Nursing Clinical Instructor (Ms Hutchinson, Ms Tate, Ms Torbeck, Ms Smith), Center for Professional Excellence and Education, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio.

Corresponding Author: Ms Hutchinson, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Center for Professional Excellence and Education, MLC 8006, 3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (pam.hutchinson@cchmc.org).

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