QualMent EU project
Literature review on the topic of nursing teachers’ competences.
The review showed that there is an ongoing debate related to nursing teachers’ competencies for supporting nursing students in clinical placements because specific competencies for teaching in the clinical environment has not been yet elaborated. In addition to that, nursing students have high expectations of their teachers and expect them to be familiar with the current reality of clinical practice. On the other hand, nursing teachers are concerned about their role ambiguity, credibility, job strain and inconsistent expectations. The review did not reveal evidence-based, rigorously validated or widely regarded competency frameworks for nursing teachers supporting nursing students in clinical placements.
In conclusion, a competency framework for nursing teachers may be sketched drawing on the existing literature. This framework may allow for greater clarity in their role, as well as better manage students’ expectations. Moreover, nursing teachers should follow nursing students during their clinical practice.