School of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Educator Academy


Program Design

The competency-based educational program used a backward design approach focused on outcomes and interactive learning activities. Strategies used include microlearning techniques, case studies, and simulation scenarios to facilitate the participants’ skill acquisition. The curriculum is aligned to national standards and health professional competencies that enables a nursing workforce to function as clinical educators who model systems-thinking, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, and coaching skills to care for individuals and families in rural or other medically underserved areas.

Program Modules per Competency

  • Core Competency 1: Examine the role and responsibilities of the Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Core Competency 2: Facilitate learning in the clinical learning environment
  • Core Competency 3: Assess student performance in the clinical learning environment
  • Core Competency 4: Model health systems-thinking for rural and medically underserved populations
  • Role-Focused Competency 5: Educate and assess learners in the role of RN, APRN, NP, Nurse Midwifery

Program Outcomes 

By the end of the program, participants will be able to: 

  1. Function at the advanced beginner level of experience in the skills of a clinical nurse educator 
  2. Role model at the advanced beginner level of experience in inclusive and culturally sensitive communication strategies used for teaching, learning, and assessment and care of patients from rural or medically underserved areas. 
  3. Demonstrate advanced beginner level of experience in the use of coaching and role modeling strategies for professional nursing practice and prevention of burn-out.  

Integrated National Standards

  • National League for Nursing (NLN) competencies for the clinical nurse educator
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) new Essentials for professional nursing (Levels 1 & 2)
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC) standards
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards
  • TeamSTEPPS competencies
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) core competencies for the Nurse Practitioner role
  • American College of Nurse Midwifery Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice