In touch to teach: Do nurse educators need to maintain or possess recent clinical practice to facilitate student learning?

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Abstract

In recent years UK university-based nurse educators have seen a reduction in their responsibilities for nursing students’ practice-based assessments. Many university-based nurse educators feel that this lack of input into students’ clinical assessments leaves them open to criticism as they are perceived to be less “in-touch” with clinical practice and that their knowledge to teach nursing students is diminished as a result. This paper examines and debates some interpretations of the term “recent clinical practice” and challenges the misconception among many in the profession, as well as government and professional bodies, that university-based nurse educators require recent clinical practice to effectively teach students and enhance the student learning experience in the academic university setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-151
Number of pages4
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume16
Issue number1
Early online date14 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

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