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Why become a clinical nurse educator?

Nursing is an ongoing process of development, and nurse educators can help their colleagues learn from their experiences and develop complex skills
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Nursing is an ongoing process of development, and nurse educators can help their colleagues learn from their experiences and develop complex skills

I have been lucky enough to be a registered nurse in acute care for more than 30 years. Throughout that time, I have learned something new in my clinical practice every day.

As a critical care outreach nurse and a nurse educator, I have developed an understanding of how clinical education can improve patient care in practice, and how teaching enhances the skills and knowledge of multiprofessional teams.

Good and safe patient care depends on high-functioning teams with appropriate skills, knowledge, values and behaviours. Without experienced nurse educators acting as role models, this would be unachievable.

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However, teaching is not necessarily

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