NUR361 Y – Introduction to Nursing in Health and Wellness – Mental Health Nursing

Application Closing Date: July 4th, 2024

Position: Clinical Instructor for the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Location: Mental Health In-patient units in hospitals throughout the GTA

Mandatory Faculty Orientation Date: In-person session – Tuesday Oct 22nd from 9 am to 3 pm at the Nursing Faculty (155 College Street – Room HS124AB).  

Rotation Dates: Saturday Nov 2nd – Thursday Dec 5th, 2024.

Clinical Days: 1x 8-hour day shift per week for 5 weeks. Variable clinical days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursdays).

Pay rate: Clinical Instructors will be paid a stipend or be paid via secondment from the respective facility for each course based on the requirements for the course. Please note that UofT graduate students will be paid the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 rate.

Stipend: To Be Determined (TBD), depending on placement confirmations from placement partners including number of shifts and total clinical instruction time (Clinical Instructors do not receive pay for sick days or leaves. Replacement costs will be deducted from the stipend amount for time missed).


The Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Program provides a full-time, two-year, second entry baccalaureate nursing education. Given that nursing is a practice-based profession, we believe that clinical experience is a vital and integral component of the curriculum, providing students with hands-on opportunities to actively apply classroom learning to ‘real life’ nursing practice under the supervision and support of a clinical teacher. Clinical Instructors (CIs) play an important role in facilitating student learning and providing excellent clinical learning experiences to further develop students’ knowledge, skill, and judgement.

CIs should be flexible and prepared to utilize additional learning modalities such as simulation and virtual clinical learning in the event a clinical day is cancelled by the organization. CIs will work closely with the Clinical Education Office and Course Faculty to develop and share resources to support the continuity of clinical teaching and student learning. CIs are required to complete all on-boarding and orientation activities required by the faculty as well as the clinical placement site prior to the start of the placement in preparation for their clinical teaching role. Ongoing support will be provided throughout the term by Course Faculty, the Undergraduate Clinical Resource Faculty, and the Clinical Education Office.  Applicants should note that commitment to the role for the entire term is needed for consistency in the development, assessment, and evaluation of nursing students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Complete the asynchronous CI orientation learning modules as required and attend the in-person Faculty-led CI orientation for NUR361.
  2. Complete all on-boarding and orientation activities required by the University as well as the clinical placement site prior to the first clinical shift.
  3. Familiarize themselves with and uphold all faculty and University policies related to clinical placements (e.g., CI and Student Absences, Professional Behaviour).
  4. Prepare patient assignments prior to students’ arrival on the nursing unit, reflective of the students’ level of expertise.
  5. Facilitate students’ application of theory related to foundational therapeutic, relational and health assessment skills.
    • Note: Students are expected to apply learning from the classroom and lab settings each week during their clinical shifts. This is done through practising the learned assessments and skills as part of the nursing care provided, as well as engaging in active discussions with the CI and clinical group.
  6. Assist with and assess the students’ preparation for their clinical activities with attention to integration of nursing, pathophysiological, and therapeutic concepts.
  7. Encourage an inquiring, theory and evidence-informed approach to nursing practice.
  8. Facilitate interprofessional and intraprofessional communication among students and all members of the health care team.
  9. Directly supervise and assist students as they relate to and provide care for patients, while also monitoring and assessing students’ progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations.
  10. Collaborate with nursing staff in gaining assistance and access to learning experiences for the students.
  11. Foster reflection and critical discussion about clinical learning among students during conferences.
  12. Participate in weekly email communication with Course Faculty and provide a brief update and/or identify any concerns about students’ experiences and clinical progress.
  13. Provide students with ongoing verbal feedback about their progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations for the course.
  14. Provide a written final online evaluation incorporating feedback from all clinical shifts.
  15. Arrange and facilitate a short 1:1 virtual meeting to review each students’ final evaluation within a week of the final clinical shift.


  1. Interest in clinical teaching and working with novice nursing students.
  2. Minimum of 2-3 years of current and relevant clinical experience (Mental Health nursing).
  3. Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse in the Extended Class.
  4. BScN required; MN will be considered an asset.
  5. Previous experience in clinical instructing or as a preceptor is an asset.

Note to Graduate Students:

If you are a graduate student and you accept the position, you will agree to the following:

“I confirm that I will be registered as a University of Toronto student or PDF on the date that this appointment begins. I understand that if I should cease to be registered as a University of Toronto student or PDF during the period of this appointment, for any reason other than convocation, I must immediately notify my supervisor, and my appointment may be terminated.”