Clinical nurse educators (CNEs) provide all practicing nurses with evidence-based medical and nursing information. CNEs function as crucial and reliable resources and are available to research and relay accepted standards of practice, regardless of discipline. In addition, CNEs directly affect the quality of patient care by making sure nurses and students learn rationales behind the tasks performed and the pathophysiology that supports the conditions observed.
All areas of nursing practice benefit from the clinical nurse educator. Their role is to identify areas of needed education, plan for how that education will be delivered, develop teaching modules groomed to the skills of those being taught, and devise return demonstrations to measure that the material has been appropriately absorbed and applied.
Clinical nurse educators are devoted to bringing knowledge to others and seeking ways to energize and motivate their students. They instruct students using various methods such as webinars, live in-services, and instructional modules.
Clinical nurse educators often have master’s degrees and often acquire their nurse education certificates. Some are certified nurse specialists (CNSs), and others may be advanced practice nurses (APNs) who decide to become educators.
Clinical nurse educators act as a bridge between classroom education, clinical learning, and actual experience needed in healthcare settings to stay current with standards of practice. Therefore, they must have strong knowledge of the conditions they intend to teach and an exceptional ability to communicate with their students.
They first assess the level of knowledge of their students and then determine what type of educational program matches their experience level and ability to comprehend the information to be presented. They design their education program with both a pre- and post-evaluation so they can measure if the information presented, using the method chosen, met the goals they set out to achieve.
Clinical nurse educators must collaborate with other educators in school environments and other hospital departments. In clinic environments, they assess the community’s health status priorities for teaching in clinics.
They must be receptive to each individual student’s needs and support them in their learning journey.