Clinical education plays an essential role in the health care system. We need clinical educators to bridge the knowledge-practice gap, bring best practice guidelines and research information to the front lines, and support knowledge transfer and skill development. And they must be able to do all this within a complex and constantly evolving environment.
The Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Clinical Education program supports students who are making the transition from clinician to educator, teaching them how to share their knowledge and skills with practitioners in a range of contexts.
This includes learning how to identify knowledge gaps, developing and implementing strategies to meet those needs, and leading clinical education programs within the organization to meet specific goals. Given their role, clinical educators must also demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal collaboration skills, knowing how to coach and mentor, provide effective feedback, evaluate performance, and work with individuals to build their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills.
Our program’s partnership with the UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School supports students’ development as clinical educators and leaders. Sixty per cent of the courses in the one-year MHLP in Clinical Education program are offered through the School of Nursing, with the remainder being business and leadership courses taught by UBC Sauder faculty. These courses on project management, organizational leadership and data analytics sharpen students’ business, communication and interpersonal skills.
I came to UBC in 2012 and have been a nurse educator for over 30 years, working in nursing schools across the Lower Mainland and other nursing education contexts. In my role as clinical practice faculty lead in the UBC School of Nursing, I’ve focused on clinical competency and evaluation, curriculum design and implementation at the undergraduate level. I’m also involved in orientation and professional development for clinical instructors.
I love mentoring students and seeing their personal and professional growth. The students who choose this program have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to help others develop their skills – and I can attest that it’s a very rewarding experience to see the change and growth that happens.
Cheryl Segaric has a master’s degree in adult education from Simon Fraser University and an International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate from UBC. Her areas of theoretical and clinical expertise include maternal-child and family nursing, and her research interests have focused primarily on understanding how nurses, patients and family members manage their relationships related to care delivery in a variety of acute care practice settings. As a nurse educator for most of her career, her passion for teaching is expressed through interests that include developing and implementing innovative teaching strategies, curriculum design, development and evaluation of clinical competencies with a particular focus on quality and safety indicators and education delivery contexts (such as classroom, clinical practice and online learning).