Transitioning from registered nurse to clinical nurse educator in the year of the nurse and midwife

Valerie Heathcote, Janet Green


Clinical nurse educators provide educational support for clinicians delivering direct patient care. This is an important function that demonstrably increases the application of Evidence Based Practice. The transition from registered nurse to clinical nurse educator is examined in a pragmatic way to offer assistance to those effected by the role change. This paper has ultilized an integrative review to examine literature about the transition from registered nurse to clinical nurse educator. Numerous aspects of the transition are considered including some of the changes that are occurring and their potential impact. Negative experiences that may be encountered have been explored and strategies suggested to ameliorate them. Discussion has been provided on the importance of professional development, self-understanding and reflective practice. Consideration is given to orientation and communication, the competence required, and the benefits of collegial relationships. The very presence of a high performing clinical nurse educator can also have a direct effect on the culture of a workplace to encourage nurses towards professional growth by providing ongoing learning through organisational and self-directed education. The purpose of this paper is to provide some practical insights and strategies for assisting this transition, particularly in the year of the nurse and midwife.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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