Clinical Teaching Associates (CTAs)
In the clinical nursing courses, students may complete required clinical learning hours with Clinical Teaching Associates (CTAs). The CTA is a registered nurse licensed in the state of practice with three years of experience in the selected clinical practice area. The CTA serves as a preceptor for the nursing student in collaboration with the clinical nursing faculty. Approval of the CTA and clinical sites must be obtained from faculty prior to beginning clinical hours
The clinical faculty provides guidance to the nursing student and CTA to develop and implement a quality clinical experience. Input on student performance is requested from the CTAs while the faculty remains responsible for assigning the clinical grade for that course. Students may be required to visit campus in order to demonstrate clinical competency. The following guidelines have been approved for the selection, monitoring, and evaluation of the clinical experience.
Clinical Teaching Associates (CTA) will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state of practice.
- Minimum of three years experience as a registered nurse.
- Demonstrate competence in the area of practice as designated by the institution in which they are employed.
- Approved by the nurse manager of chair of the area or institution.
- Select and approve clinical teaching associate.
- Provide written clinical objectives to the CTA prior to the clinical experience.
- Provide the evaluation tool to the CTA prior to the clinical experience.
- Be available in person or by phone during the clinical experience.
- Consult with the CTA to monitor and evaluate student learning.
- Coordinate and monitor the clinical experience for no more than 10 students.
- Orient students and CTAs to the respective roles and responsibilities.
- Ensure that appropriate agreements are signed with agencies and CTAs.
- Provide clear direction and supervision appropriate to the student’s level of knowledge, skill, and experience.
- Participate in student instruction while serving as an expert, role model, and consultant during clinical experience.
- Provide the student with clinical experiences to meet the course and clinical requirements, objectives, and specific educational expectations.
- Provide feedback on the student’s performance to the student and clinical faculty.
- Notify the clinical faculty immediately of any unsafe nursing practices.
- Notify the clinical faculty of any reportable incident as defined by the institution.