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Introduction to clinical facilitation

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This introductory short course is designed for registered nurses who are engaged in facilitating nurses or students in the clinical setting, newly recruited clinical facilitators, CNS, CNE, and CNC. The short course aims to equip nurses who want to step up from the role of a preceptor into clinical facilitation.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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RN member $187.50RN non-member $219.50
EN member $153.50EN non-member $186.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • identify the value of clinical facilitation in clinical practice
  • use adult learning principles in the clinical teaching and learning environment
  • learn various communication skills to promote engagement and motivate students
  • identify effective conflict resolution strategies for use in the clinical environment
  • develop skills in debriefing and in providing effective feedback
  • enhance the learning experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse nurses
  • identify the challenges faced when working with a multicultural and intergenerational workforce
  • examine effects of work-related stress and explore a range of stress management techniques

Program outline


Registration and introduction


Who is a clinical facilitator?  

  • need for the role, responsibilities, skill sets
  • difference between preceptor, mentor and clinical facilitator 
  • communication styles


Morning tea break


Application of NMBA competency standards in the clinical setting

  • brief review of NMBA competency standards 
  • how to use the NMBA competency standards 
  • gathering the evidence
  • how to write a report


Facilitating learning

  • setting goals and objectives
  • identifying learning outcomes
  • identifying learning opportunities
  • setting the scene
  • adult learning principles   
  • encouraging learning (inquiry-based, critical thinking)


lunch break


Conflict resolution and resilience

  • strategies to manage conflicts
  • stress management


Afternoon tea break


Debriefing and providing feedback


Evaluation and finish