NUR460 – Coping With Complexity in Persistent Illness – Adult (Fall term)

Posting Date: June 5, 2024

Application Closing Date: July 4, 2024

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

Location: Adult medical or surgical units in hospitals throughout the GTA

Mandatory Faculty Orientation Date: Thursday September 5th, 2024 from 9 am to 3 pm (In-person – 155 College Street – Room HS124AB)

Rotation Dates:

Clinical Shifts:

Pay Rate and Stipend:

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 hospital partners including number of shifts and total clinical instruction time (Clinical Instructors do not normally 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 NUR460.
  2. Complete all on-boarding and orientation 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. Assist with and assess the students’ preparation for their clinical activities with attention to integration of nursing, pathophysiological, pharmacologic, and therapeutic concepts.
  6. Encourage an inquiring, theory, and evidence-based approach to nursing practice.
  7. Facilitate interprofessional and intraprofessional communication among students and all members of the health care team.
  8. Supervise and assist students with providing nursing care while monitoring and assessing students’ progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations.
  9. Collaborate with nursing staff and other health care providers in gaining assistance and access to learning experiences for the students.
  10. Foster discussion and debate about clinical learning among students during post clinical conferences.
  11. Participate in weekly email communication with Course Faculty and provide a brief update and/or identify any concerns about students’ experiences and clinical progress.
  12. Provide students with ongoing verbal feedback about their progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations for the course.
  13.  Complete an online written final clinical evaluation of each student that highlights their learning and progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations for the clinical placement.


  1. Interest in clinical teaching and working with novice nursing students.
  2. Minimum of 2-3 years of current and relevant clinical experience (acute care 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.”