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Clinical Facilitation: Essential Skills and Principles

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand) (CDNM)


Are you a healthcare professional looking to enhance your clinical facilitation abilities? Whether you’re a seasoned clinical facilitator or just beginning your journey in education, our “Clinical Facilitation: Essential Skills and Principles” short course is designed to equip you with the tools needed to excel in this critical role.

Clinical facilitation is a dynamic and pivotal aspect of preregistration nursing and midwifery student education. It requires a unique blend of clinical expertise, effective communication, and andragogy proficiency. In this concise yet comprehensive online course, we will guide you through the fundamental skills and principles that underpin successful clinical facilitation.

Designed For

This course is ideal for anyone who is involved in teaching or mentoring preregistration nursing and midwifery students within the clinical environment and includes healthcare professionals, clinical facilitators, clinical educators, and preceptors. Whether you work in a hospital, clinic, or academic setting, these fundamental skills and principles are universally applicable. They will empower you to provide high-quality quality, effective clinical facilitation to students.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the dimensions of regulatory requirements and key stakeholders for the nursing and midwifery profession and how they apply to clinical facilitation.
  2. Identify the roles and responsibilities of a clinical facilitator and consider how certain behaviours can impact a student’s PEP experience.
  3. Recognise the influence of various adult learning principles for clinical facilitation and identify a range of teaching methods to support students during PEP
  4. Explore a range of skills that clinical facilitators can utilise during PEP to effectively facilitate students.
  5. Outline the components of assessment of student learning during PEP including strategies to support underperforming students.
  6. Identify the practical strategies to provide timely, effective and individualised feedback to enhance student learning.
  7. Understand the importance of the Clinical Reasoning Cycle in relation to reflective practice, critical thinking and professional development.
  8. Understand the social, psychosocial, economic, physical and cognitive factors that influence student and clinical facilitator wellbeing

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