For healthcare professionals, clinical education is foundational to the learning process. However, balancing safe patient care with supportive learning opportunities for students can be challenging for instructors and the complex social context of clinical learning environments makes intentional teaching approaches essential. Clinical instructors require advanced teaching knowledge and skills as learners are often carrying out interventions on real people in unpredictable environments.
Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions is an indispensable guide for educators in the health professions. Interspersed with creative strategies and notes from the field by clinical teachers who offer practical suggestions, this volume equips healthcare educators with sound pedagogical theory. The authors focus on the importance of personal philosophies, resilience, and professional socialization while evaluating the current practices in clinical learning environments from technology to assessment and evaluation. This book provides instructors with the tools to influence both student success and the quality of care provided by future practitioners.
Sherri Melrose has been an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University for twenty years. She is a winner of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education and the Western and Northern Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Educational Innovation Award.
Caroline Park retired from Athabasca University at the end of 2019. She had been with the Master of Nursing and Health Studies Programs since its inception twenty years earlier. She has practiced and taught in many settings in Canada, the US and Britain, including fourteen years in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
Beth Perry is a professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University. She is a co-author of Teaching Health Professionals Online (2013), Centring Human Connections in the Education of Health Professionals (2020) and the author of More Moments in Time: Images of Exemplary Nursing (2009).
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