Clinical Instructor Certificate Course

Winter-Spring, 2018


Course Description

Clinical education is a foundational component of nursing education. Clinical instructors have a fundamental role in the education of nursing students, to ensure they are adequately prepared with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to work in a wide-range of practice settings and speciality areas, and meet entry-to-practice competencies. This six week foundational course encompasses clinical education at the baccalaureate level in acute care settings, and public health and community health care placements. Course themes include: roles and responsibilities of the clinical instructor; monitoring and evaluating students in clinical settings; developing good patient assignments; mentoring and coaching students; creating a positive learning environment for students; roles and responsibilities of the educational unit in clinical education; and, issues, challenges and strategies for clinical instructors.

Course completion requirements:

View pre-recorded webinars, attend “live” online chats on Adobe Connect, and successfully complete a mid-term and a final assessment.

A Certificate of Successful Completion will be granted to participants who successfully fulfill the course requirements for the CNEI Clinical Instructor Certificate Course.


This course is designed for registered nurses interested in becoming clinical instructors and novice nursing clinical instructors with 5 years or less of experience.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a nursing clinical instructor at the baccalaureate level;
  2. Describe and apply the theoretical principles of clinical instructing in acute care, public health and community health-care settings;
  3. Create a positive learning environment for students;
  4. Mentor and coach students in clinical settings;
  5. Analyze and evaluate nursing students’ clinical knowledge and skills in acute care, public health and community health-care settings;
  6. Describe the issues and challenges facing clinical instructors, and identify and apply constructive strategies that enable positive learning experiences and outcomes for students; and,
  7. Recognize the role of the educational institution in supporting clinical instructors to ensure optimal student learning outcomes.

Course Delivery: Online (Adobe Connect and Moodle).
Please note: participation in all live online chats is a course requirement.

Course Schedule: Winter-Spring 2018 schedule!

About the Course Instructors


Jeanette Suurdt, NP, MSc, BNSc, BA
Acute Care Course Instructor

Jeanette Suurdt is a highly qualified and well-respected nurse educator and clinician. She has over 12 years of experience in nursing education as a clinical instructor in acute care, in labs, and in the classroom.

Jeanette has worked in many acute care units, both in Canada and in Australia, as an RN, Advanced Practice Nurse, and Clinical Nurse Consultant. Clinical areas where Jeannette has worked include cardiac surgery, orthopaedics, burn unit, surgery, internal medicine and critical care.

Jeanette is passionate about nursing and clinical teaching. She is committed to ensuring clinical placements prepare students to become caring, skilled and critical thinking practitioners. Jeanette is currently teaching theory and clinical skills within the School of Nursing at Queen’s University.



Melissa Raby, RN, MPA, MPH, BNSc
Public Health and Community Health Course Instructor 

Melissa Raby is a highly qualified and well-respected community health clinician and nursing educator. She has considerable teaching experience in both nursing theory and clinical courses, including Management and Leadership in Health Care, Community Health Promotion and Current Issues in Nursing.

Melissa’s professional experiences in Canada include being a nurse educator within the School of Nursing at Queen’s University, and a Public Health Nurse at Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health. Currently, Melissa is temporarily relocated to sunny California where she has gained work experience as a clinical and theory instructor within the Department of Community Health at the UCSF School of Nursing and as a Clinical Nurse Educator for a large community-based center.

Melissa is particularly enthusiastic about communicable disease prevention and control, as well as promoting the field of public health to nursing students.


Fee: $450*

Registration fee includes:

  • Pre-recorded webinars
  • Live, instructor-led online chats using Adobe Connect
  • Instruction, recommended readings, correspondence and support from two highly qualified nursing clinical instructors
  • Moodle learning platform
  • Mid-term and final assessments
  • Certificate of Successful Completion

*Please note: this course is being offered in English, and registration is limited.
*The registration fee does NOT include the cost of the required course textbook.
*Participants will need access to an online library system to retrieve articles for required readings.

Required Course Textbook:

Gaberson, K., Oermann, M., & Shellenbarger, T. (2017). Clinical teaching strategies in nursing
(5th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

*Available in paper and e-book!
ISBN: 978-0-8261-4002-9 (paper book); 978-0-8261-4003-6 (e-book)
ASIN: B0719LS8S3(Kindle edition)

Refund and Cancellation Policy for CASN Courses

  • Registrations that are cancelled up to one week before the start of the course will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • Registrations that are cancelled with less than one week’s notice will not be refunded, unless the spot in the course can be filled by another participant. The responsibility to fill the spot will rely solely on CASN staff and every effort will be made to fill the spot.
  • There will be no refunds issued once the course begins.

CASN reserves the right to cancel this course if it does not meet minimal group requirements.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, please contact Sharada Boucher-Sharma, CASN Strategic Operations Coordinator at or 613-235-3150 ext. 30.