Work role perspectives of clinical instructors from three countries

Cheryl Zlotnick, Sharon M. Jones, Ainat Koren, Anya Peters, Cheryl Saffer, Malvin Torsvik, Dalit Wilhelm

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BACKGROUND Educational institutions partner with health facilities to provide clinical education, but the impact of these partnerships on clinical instructors is rarely examined. METHOD A cross-sectional study was used to obtain surveys from a convenience sample of clinical instructors (n = 135) working in Israel, Norway, and the United States. The Nursing Clinical Instruction Role Assessment Tool (N-CIRAT) was developed to elicit clinical instructors' perspectives on the importance and nature of their work roles. FINDINGS The N-CIRAT exhibited good reliability and revealed three different work roles: educator, hospital partner, and patient advocate. The educator work role did not differ by primary employer; it did for the work role of hospital partner (p <.05) and patient advocate (p <.05). Patient advocate work role importance was rated high for all clinical instructors. CONCLUSION The educator role of clinical nurse educators, including being a role model and encouraging reflection, is universal among clinical instructors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-255
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Education Perspectives
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

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  • Baccalaureate Nursing Education
  • Clinical Instructor Roles
  • Partnership Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Nursing


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