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Clinical nurse educator: the role that brings learning to the bedside

Clinical educators are vital to improving nursing care, but they can feel isolated in the workplace – which is where the CNENET nurse network comes in
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Clinical educators are vital to improving nursing care, but they can feel isolated in the workplace – which is where the CNENET nurse network comes in

Clinical nurse educators are practice-based nurses whose primary role is educating the workforce.

While they might once have been considered a luxury for an organisation, they are becoming increasingly important in today’s healthcare services.

‘In the past, these posts would often be on short-term contracts to deal with a specific need, but this created a roller-coaster ride, with everything going downhill again once things had been resolved,’ says head of the nursing department at the University of Derby Bill Whitehead, who has carried out extensive research in this area.

Bill Whitehead, nurse academic and secretary of CNENET

‘It’s common sense that they should be part of an organisation’s infrastructure. They need to

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