A Clinical Instruction Observation Tool

Caroline L. Park


In nursing the clinical education experienced by a student greatly affects future performance as a nurse. The clinical experience provides opportunity for the student to integrate classroom theory and laboratory skill. It is also often the time when a student and/or the clinical instructor make(s) a decision about whether the student will make a satisfactory nurse or not. The integration of knowledge and skill and student evaluation are powerful factors in the preparation of a nurse. These factors are influenced by the clinical instructor's ability to facilitate a smooth transition from learner to practitioner. It would be of value to know what clinical instructors do to assist students in making this transition.
A search of the literature pertaining to clinical instruction leads to the conclusion that little research has been directed toward the basic analysis of clinical teaching behavior. What are the behaviors associated with the clinical instructor role? Which behaviors are effective? Which are ineffective?

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