What does it mean to be a clinical educator?
The role of clinician is at your core – you have learned your profession so well, you often don’t have to think about why you are doing something or how you are going to do it.
This level of proficiency can often change when supervising a student. A shift occurs from expert clinician to relatively novice clinical educator. Novice because teaching students
may not be part of your daily routine, and because even with 5, 10 or even 20 years’ experience, every student’s learning needs are different and so one must constantly re-align
teaching styles to match.
This module aims to define the role of a clinical educator. By making explicit what you can be expected of you, you can continue to develop your skillset in this area.
The following reference from the literature has been used to inform the following discussion points:
1. Rose, M., & Best, D. (2005). Exploring the roles of the clinical educator. In Transforming Practice through Clinical Education, Professional Supervision, and Mentoring. Elsevier Health Sciences.
The six roles of a CE:
Click the buttons below to review and reflect on the following six roles, as suggested by Turney et al. (as cited in Rose & Best, 2005):