What Is a Nursing Clinical Instructor?

A nursing clinical instructor guides and supervises nursing students during clinical rotations in health care facilities, such as hospitals or clinics, as described by HealtheCareers Network. A nursing clinical instructor must have the ability to take the material that students learn in the classroom and apply it to real-life clinical situations. A nursing clinical instructor also helps nursing students learn their role and duties in different clinical settings.

HealtheCareers Network reveals that communication is important to being an effective nursing clinical instructor. Clinical instructors must be able to communicate with students regarding course objectives and expectations. They are also responsible for providing student performance evaluations to help nursing students understand the effectiveness of their practice and outline areas that need improvement. Clinical instructors may need to communicate with the program director if there is a problem with an individual student or a clinical site. Communication with other clinical instructors or classroom instructors may be helpful to coordinate instructional material.

As of 2014, the Duke University School of Nursing requires its nursing clinical instructors to have a bachelor's degree in nursing, an active nursing license in North Carolina and at least two years of clinical experience. Clinical instructors at Duke University enjoy flexible scheduling and many professional development opportunities.