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The Clinical Liaison Nurse (CLN) is a Registered Nurse (staff member) from the DEU whose role is to promote and co-ordinate student learning opportunities during their clinical placement.
The CLN role can be assigned to one or more Registered Nurse(s) for each DEU, they will be responsible for specific tasks associated with the clinical placement of nursing students in conjunction with the Academic Liaison Nurse (ALN) and Nurse Leader (NL). The CLN is not a designated senior nursing role nor is it an appointed position.
Expression of Interest CLN.pdf
Clinical Liaison Nurse Agreement.1.docx
The CLN acts as a liaison person:
DEU staff, ALN and Nurse Manager.
With DEU staff regarding student's role, learning needs and progress within the DEU.
With the ALN regarding student progress
Between education and service provider to assist students to make the link between theory and practice.
The CLN organises student experiences in routine nursing care on a day to day basis by:
Providing orientation for nursing students on their first day.
Allocating students to DEU staff, peers and /or patients/clients.
Arranging student rosters and liaising with the ALN.
Anticipating and organising extra experiences for student in relation to their patient'/clients' and in collaboration with the RN supervising the student, i.e endoscopy clinic, theatre and community agencies etc.
Working with students on a one-to-one basis as required and reviewing clinical practice diaries.
In addition the CLN will:
Update the ALN with student's progress as necessary. Work with the ALN to develop a student action plan where necessary.
Complete student clinical assessments in partnership with the ALN.
Encourage DEU staff (including MDT) to participate in student teaching.
Encourage students to be self-initiating, self-correcting and self-evaluating.
Be involved in collaborative research and quality activities as appropriate.
Participate in the evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the DEU practice area with respect to students learning outcomes.
Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development eg PDRP, post graduate study.
Have an understanding of the programme curriculum and what level the students should be at.
This is an example of how the collaborative assessment takes place in a DEU:Formative assessment 1.5 hrs per student
Prior to meeting, CLN seeks feedback from RN's and other relevant clinical staff to inform assessment meeting.
Student hands in self-assessment to CLN or ALN before day of assessment.
At the time of assessment the ALN and CLN spend the first 30 mins looking at student self assessment and discussing where they think the student is according to assessment form.
The student is called in and the ALN, CLN and student discuss student progress and set goals for rest of placement.
The assessment form is written up completed within the timeframe of 1.5 hours
A similar format would be followed for the Summative assessment to be completed within the timeframe of 1 hour.
The CLN role is allocated supernumerary time throughout the student placement
These hours are outlined below.
The Microster code for CDHB staff to allocate the CLN hours is: N DEU - Nursing Dedicated Education Unit
8 hours for attendance at the DEU Workshop
8 hours for attendance at CPIT Introduction to Clinical Teaching for Registered Nurses GCT700. (If the CLN has already completed this previously then it is not repeated).
Each semester the DEU Nurse Educator will calculate the supernumerary hours for the CLNs and email this to them, the CNM and the respective DON.Per Placement/Semester This will vary depending on the number of students. The hours are as follows:
8 hours for preparation for the student placement.
8 hours for student orientation.
1 hour per week of the placement for CLNs to use to manage the placement or undertake improvements to the DEU resources. This is flexible as to how it is utilised over the placement, thus it can be allocated as an hour each week or allocated as 2 hours per fortnight or taken as one block of 5 or 6 hours per placement (depending on the placement length).
1.5 hours per student for completion of formative assessment.
1 hour per student for completion of summative assessment.
If a clinical practice area shares the CLN role between two registered nurses then these hours are shared according to the work of each individual. Thus, if two registered nurses undertake the preparation for the student placement, it is 4 hours per nurse. If Registered Nurse A undertakes 4 assessments and Registered Nurse B undertakes 2 assessments then:
Nurse A is allocated 6 hours for the formative and 4 hours for the summative assessments
Nurse B is allocated 3 hours for the formative and 2 hours for the summative assessments
8hrs - Preparation8hrs - Student orientation1.5hrs x 6 students = 9hrs Completion of formative assessment1hr x 6 students = 6hrs Completion of summative assessment1hr x 5 weeks = 5hrs Management of placement & improvement to DEU resources Total = 36 hours
It is an expectation that all CLN's have completed the Introduction to Clinical Teaching https://www.healthlearn.ac.nz/course/view.php?id=152
(or equivalent). From 2017 the traditional DEU workshops that run biannually will be discontinued and replaced by service specific DEU workshops. These workshops consist of a 4 hour face to face session and 4 hours of self-directed learning.
2020 DEU update workshops-v3.docx
The aim is for all CLN's to attend one of these workshops every two years. Your DEU NE in conjunction with yourself and your manager will schedule you to attend one of these workshops. However if you are a new CLN or wish to attend on a specific date, please contact your CDHB DEU Nurse Educator.
CDHB IT and AccuChek Access Guide for Ara students.pdf
Guidelines for Professional Attitudes and Behaviour.pdf
School of Nursing and Midwifery. (2006). A guide to clinical practice. Adelaide, Australia: Finders University.
Handy Hints for CLN's.docx
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