Clinical Faculty Knowledge and Skills Development: A Review for Nurse Educators is a dynamic and learner-paced online course, designed like a supplemental study-guide booklet. In combination with its prerequisite, the six-course Faculty Knowledge and Skills Development: A Review for Nurse Educators program (produced by Sigma in partnership with Chamberlain University), this course contains topics that are mapped to all major content areas within the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Certification test blueprint.
- Prepare learners for clinical experiences (e.g., facility, clinical expectations, equipment, and technology-based resources).
- Help learners to apply classroom learning to the clinical setting through coaching, reflection, and debriefing.
- Create learning activities that support the mission, goals, and values of the academic institution and the clinical agency.
- Implement clinical teaching strategies, grounded in educational theory and evidence-based practices, appropriate to leaners’ needs, desired learning outcomes, content, and context.
- Provide opportunities for learners to develop inter-professional collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving, and clinical reasoning skills related to learning outcomes and objectives.
- Use technology (e.g., simulation, learning management systems, electronic health records) to support the teaching-learning process.
- Role model professional nursing to create a civil and caring environment in which students can both learn and practice safe quality health care.
- Demonstrate inclusive excellence (e.g., student-centered learning, diversity).
- Apply ethical and legal principles while adhering to and informing others of program and clinical agency policies, procedures and practices when implementing clinical experiences.
Meet the Author:
Kimberly Dunker, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, CNEcl has been a nurse for over 18 years and has worked in a variety of Critical Care Nursing specializing in Adult, Surgical, Medical, Oncology, Thoracic, neurology and Cardiac Surgeries. Early in her journey she found her love for teaching as a clinical adjunct faculty where she worked in several nursing schools teaching medical surgical clinical rotations in both the AS and BS nursing programs.
Kimberly's doctoral research focused on Thesis “Empowerment of Nursing Faculty” and her capstone project implementation program was focused on transition and orientation programs for clinical nursing faculty. This project continues to be the highlight of Kimberly’s continued scholarship which includes working on the MASS Action Coalition on the Faculty team. The focus is to provide resources to faculty and understand the nursing faculty shortage. Kimberly’s passion is to help new clinical faculty and preceptors gain the knowledge and competency to bridge into academia from practice. Kimberly has provided many continuing education workshops for RN’s who want to learn the faculty role and help them by giving them tools to be successful in their transition.
Following graduation Kimberly has continued to work in academia with pre-licensure nursing students teaching adult medical surgical nursing concepts in the classroom and clinical instruction as well as RN-BS students teaching Nursing Research, Nursing Leadership and Informatics.