NUR461 – Primary Health Care: Nursing Perspectives

Posting Date: October 17, 2023

Application Closing Date: November 17, 2023 or until position filled

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

Location: Virtual oversight of student learning experiences with preceptors with a community health focus

Faculty Orientation Date: Wednesday Dec 13th, 2023, from 9 to 3 pm (In-person – 155 College Street-Room HS124AB).


Clinical Dates:

Variable days, online and synchronous clinical discussions

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 community 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 are expected to support both students and preceptors in placements.

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 NUR461.
  2. Complete all on-boarding and orientation required by the University as well as the clinical placement sites.
  3. Familiarize themselves with and uphold all faculty and University policies related to clinical placements (e.g., CI and student absences, Professional Behaviour).
  4. Assist students in creating clinical learning objectives for their respective community placements that are reflective of course outcomes, clinical practice expectations and students’ level of learning.
  5. Assist in the delivery of a three-hour primary skills lab for students, in collaboration with faculty (Friday January 5th, 2024 – Times TBC).  
  6. Collaborate with the NUR461 course instructors to plan the weekly virtual clinical discussion sessions in alignment with the course theoretical concepts.
  7. Prepare for and facilitate a weekly online, synchronous two-hour clinical discussion with the students, reflecting on virtual case scenarios completed by the students and building on existing clinical experiences.
  8. Monitor student performance and assess student progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations for the course.  
  9. Ensure ongoing communication with students, preceptors, and course faculty.
  10. Collaborate with course faculty throughout the term as needed to deal with student clinical placement issues.
  11. Complete and submit an online written final clinical evaluation of each student that highlights students’ learning and progress with meeting the clinical practice expectations for the clinical placement.


  1. Excellent understanding of primary health care principles and the social determinants of health.
  2. Professional nursing experience in public health and community health, including rural and/or underserved settings.
  3. Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse in the Extended Class.
  4. Current membership in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) is preferred.
  5. Master’s degree in nursing or equivalent is preferred; BScN is required.
  6. Previous teaching experience will be considered an asset.
  7. Excellent facilitation, analytical, and written and oral communication skills.
  8. Competent in MS Office applications.
  9. Experience using online Learning Management Systems.

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.”