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Clinical Support & Education Program

The CSE program has been developed by RUCN Clinical Nurse Educators and is an innovative 12-week program designed to introduce clinical education concepts relevant to the UCC nurse who would like to improve confidence in clinical support and education delivery. The program will cover educational theory and prepare nurses with practical skills to be able to more confidently deliver both informal and formal education in their health setting.

Program Snapshot

This program is open to senior nurses who work in a public Victorian Urgent Care Centre and have a keen interest in enhancing skills or confidence in clinical support and education. Formal education experience is not required however those who already have responsibilities providing clinical support or education either as a CNS, ANUM/NUM or similar are also encouraged to apply.

Benefits

  • Free for all eligible nurses and health services to participate

  • Mentorship and support from experienced CNE’s from Alfred Health/RUCN program

  • Provides an opportunity to collaborate and network with likeminded colleagues working in UCC’s within Victoria

  • There will be potential opportunities to work alongside the RUCN team to deliver education

  • More importantly, the program will not be assessed!

Prerequisites 

  • Sufficient practical experience as an RN working in a UCC

  • Be able to provide some examples of education delivery within your current role (ie, bedside teaching, in-service)

  • You need to be nominated by your Director of Nursing in your health service

  • Must complete the RUCN core learning modules prior to commencement of the program (you don’t need to be currently enrolled though!)

Week 1
Introduction Workshop
The program begins with a two-day workshop to meet the RUCN team and other participants, learn about the fundamentals of educating and leading others as well as transitioning from clinical expert to educator. Accommodation and meals are included.
Face-to-face
2 days
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Week 2
Education in the rural context
· The education needs of nurses working in rural health
· Education delivery preferences
· Continuing Professional Development for rural nurses – the barriers
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 3
Adult learning theories and principles
· Pearls and pitfalls in adult learning/Andragogy
· Learning principles & techniques
· Learning Styles
· The learning cycle/s
· Transformative learning theory and the theory – practice gap
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 4
Communication and facilitating for learner success
· Communication for success in education
· Leadership and followership in nursing education practices
· Emotional intelligence
· Setting up for success – maximising the learner experience
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 5
Communication and facilitating for learner success
· Education approaches in rural nursing:
· Clinical facilitation
· Bedside/ad hoc teaching
· High frequency / low dose sessions
· Small group / in-service teaching
· Simulation
· Assessment
· Providing feedback & and the difficult conversations
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 6
Program and lesson development
· Instructional design 101 – what is it?
· ADDIE module of instructional design
· Developing learning objectives (SMART principles)
· Planning & structuring a teaching session
· Designing a formal lesson plan
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 7
Assessing others

Evaluating the learners experience
· Defining outcomes of assessment
· Mitigating assessment risks
· Assessment techniques
· Remediation processes
· Meaningful evaluation
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 8
Presenting
· What are the key elements to a good presentation?
· PowerPoint 101 otherwise known as preventing death by PowerPoint
· Public speaking
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 9
Innovative technologies, simulation, and social media in teaching and practice
· Technology and teaching: what are available?
· The pros and cons of technology, simulation, and social media
· Choosing the right fit for your education needs
· Education design incorporating technology, simulation, and social media
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 10
Education Week
No self directed learning this week, an opportunity to design and implement an education session in your own health service.
Self Directed
Learned dependant
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Week 11
Mentor Week
· Mentorship in the UCC setting
· How to be an effective mentor vs mentee
This week includes 1:1 mentor time with a RUCN CNE
Online
1-2 hours
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Week 12
Reflection Week
· Understanding reflective practice
· Learner’s experiences in the CSE program – their own reflections
Online
1-2 hours
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Program Overview

Funding

The program is funded through the RUCN program and is completely free for nurses and their health service. We will provide course materials and costs associated with the 2-day workshop, including meals and accommodation.

Enrolment

The CSE program will be delivered in set intakes. The March 2023 intake has now closed for enrolment applications. Should you be interested in the next intake (likely September 2023) and you meet the eligibility criteria above, please apply by clicking the link below:

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