Teaching on the “Rough Ground”: Clinical Reasoning and Professional Formation in Clinical Nursing Education
Learning how and when to use knowledge and skills in evolving clinical situations is essential to the development of competent and expert nursing practice. The best clinical educators use experiences and practices in a variety of learning environments to facilitate new nurses’ development of situated clinical reasoning skills. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of developing a holistic grasp of nursing practices and demonstrate how clinical teachers can engage beginners in ways that maximize experiential learning for knowledge use. We will explore the vital role that situated coaching — and learning directly from whole practice situations — play into the development of new nurses’ clinical reasoning skills and professional identity formation.
Following this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify opportunities and strategies to maximize learning and professional formation in clinical settings
- Engage students in situated clinical reasoning in clinical, lab, and classroom settings
- Connect clinical reasoning and professional formation in classroom, lab, and clinical learning.