Clinical Faculty Academy FAQs

The Academy training materials are an all-inclusive turnkey program. What does this mean?

The Academy training materials include all the information, materials and instructions to create a clinical training program and reproduce the model in your community. The one-time fee includes everything; there is nothing more to purchase.

What is the difference between the Academy Faculty Reference Manual, Instructor’s Guide and Administrator’s Guide?

The Academy Faculty Reference Manual is designed to be given to each participant who attends the two-day Academy session. It contains all the information the individual will need to serve in their new role as clinical faculty. The Instructor’s Guide was developed for volunteer lecturers from local nursing schools who serve as presenters during the two-day Academy. It contains practical insight and educational tips on each content area. The Administrator’s Guide is designed for staff who coordinate the two-day Academy, meeting logistics and other operational details. It provides details on replicating the clinical faculty initiative through use of the Academy, including sample documents and forms.

What educational foundation did the authors use when they created the Academy training materials?

The nine content areas in the Academy Faculty Reference Manual were developed based on National League for Nursing clinical competencies. These materials, based on adult learning theory, have been piloted, critically reviewed and refined.

How are the fees calculated for the Academy training materials?

Fees are reasonably priced for single nursing schools, as well as a sliding scale for multiple schools operating within a region or state. The pricing structure for the program is based on the type of entities involved and number of potential nursing school users.

Why is Kansas City selling the Academy training materials?

The Clinical Faculty Academy model was originally developed in 2005 and further refined under a Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor. The thirteen first-generation WIRED regions — including the bi-state region of Kansas City — collaborate and share cutting-edge best practices among the WIRED participants. The Academy training materials have been made available to the other 12 first generation WIRED regions.

Because the response to the Academy model has been overwhelming, we developed a non-Kansas City version of the Academy training materials. The fees for the Academy training materials were established at a reasonable level so other communities could afford to use this model to develop and enhance the training of clinical faculty. Proceeds from the sale of the Academy training materials will be reinvested into the original mission of the Clinical Faculty Academy. Future enhancements to the Academy model and related training materials will be available to all first generation WIRED regions and other entities that purchase the Academy training materials.

Will you charge for future revisions or updates to Academy training materials?

No. As updates are made to the Academy training materials, those revised documents will be placed on the password-protected website for licensees to access the updated materials free of charge.

In our region, we have a unique aspect about training clinical faculty that is not covered in the Academy training materials. Can we add another section to the materials?

Absolutely. In fact, the Kansas City-specific Academy manual contains an additional section, the Clinical Orientation Manual, which was developed by area hospitals and nursing schools and contains common policies/procedures for students to study before starting their clinical training, such as fire and life safety codes, common infection control practices, HIPAA compliance, and social media guidelines. Students must pass an online examination based on the Clinical Orientation Manual before starting their clinical rotations at area hospitals.

Can we make changes to enhance the Academy training materials to fit our unique needs?

Yes, organizations that want to modify the copyright materials to fit their individual situation may do so with specific written permission.

Do we need to use all the PowerPoint slides during the two-day Academy session?

It is not necessary to use the PowerPoint slides for each of the nine content areas. Using a mixture of PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions and other educational techniques will avoid “death by PowerPoint.”

Do we need to include all the resources and references cited in Tab 11 when we reproduce the Academy Faculty Reference Manuals?

Yes. The Academy training materials contain adapted materials from other professional organizations and published authors. When you purchase the Academy training materials, you must include those references and citations to properly attribute the work of the original author.

How much does it cost to reproduce the Academy Faculty Reference Manual and the Instructor’s Guide?

Your costs will vary depending upon use of commercial printer versus office copier, color versus black/white printing, etc. In Kansas City, the cost to reproduce the Academy Faculty Reference Manual is approximately $17 per manual when produced by a commercial printer, based on 100 binders annually. This estimate includes the cost of high-quality three-ring binders, printing and assembly of the printed content, professional high quality color printing of the front, back and spine binder cover inserts, as well as the cost of custom color divider tabs. The cost to reproduce the Academy Instructor’s Guide is approximately $20 per manual when produced by our office staff on a high quality color office printer. This estimate includes the cost of three-ring binders, color copy printing, professional high quality color printing of the front, back and spine binder cover inserts, as well as the cost of custom color divider tabs.

Has the Academy model been implemented anywhere else?

Yes. More than 40 individual nursing schools are currently using the Academy to train existing and new clinical faculty.  In addition, we also have hosting organizations that use the Academy model to coordinate collaborative training for multiple nursing schools in local communities, as part of a regional consortium or across the entire state.

  • College of Southern Maryland (consortium of 13 community colleges)
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing, a subsidiary of Devry, Inc. (nationwide platform)
  • Health Workforce Initiative (statewide in California)
  • Illinois Center for Nursing (statewide)
  • Kansas  Hospital Association (statewide)
  • Michigan Health Council (statewide)
  • Northern Nevada Nursing Consortium – Reno, Nevada  (consortium  of 3 regional nursing schools)
  • Eastern Shore Faculty Academy/ Mentoring Initiative – Salisbury, Maryland  (consortium of 3 nursing schools)
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Hospital Council (consortium of 12 nursing schools)

We are a single nursing school and not part of a collaborative. How can we use the Academy training materials?

The Academy model was originally intended for use with multiple nursing schools in a regional collaborative. However, individual nursing schools can use the Academy training materials to enhance and standardize the training of new clinical faculty without being part of a regional initiative. We have priced the Academy training materials for individual school purchase. See Pricing Structure.

The Kansas City region increased nursing school enrollments by 60 percent. Can our community expect to do the same?

Each community is different and the results will vary. One reason for the significant increase in Kansas City is the close working relationship with the Missouri State Board of Nursing. In 2005, the Board granted a five-year demonstration waiver to study the impact on clinical training of nursing students by allowing our region to supplement master’s prepared faculty with hospital-employed BSNs (who are actively pursuing their master’s degree) to serve as clinical faculty.

The combination of MSN and BSN clinical faculty allowed area nursing schools to increase their student enrollment — while at the same time increasing the pool of qualified master’s prepared faculty over time. Based on NCLEX scores, student evaluations of instructors, surveys of instructors, enrollments, graduations and other measures, the Board approved a second five-year waiver in 2009 and a third five-year waiver in 2014.

If you use hospital-employed BSNs who are skilled clinicians, but not yet expert teachers, one recommendation is to give them smaller workloads initially — a 5 to 1 student to faculty ratio with a 50 percent time allocation to perform administrative duties, grading papers, and student counseling.

The Kansas City clinical faculty model allows hospital-employed BSNs to serve as clinical faculty. If we purchase the Academy training materials, does our initiative need to allow BSNs to serve as clinical faculty as well?

No. The Academy training materials are a tool designed to prepare and educate new clinical faculty. It is up to each community to determine the educational qualification and prerequisites of those who will serve as clinical faculty. A master’s degree for clinical faculty is typically the minimum educational standard across the nation, and that also is true in Missouri. However, more than 20 states — including the state of Missouri — allow BSNs to serve as clinical faculty under certain circumstances. Consult your state board of nursing regarding clinical faculty requirements and various options to evaluate alternative educational models that might expand the number of clinical faculty.

How do we build local support between area nursing schools and hospitals to implement a clinical faculty training program?

Every community is different. The Academy Administrator’s Guide contains suggestions, sample agendas and tips that will be useful to build consensus.

How many nurses typically attend each Academy training session?

We conduct two Academy training sessions each year before the start of the fall and spring semesters – one in August and another in January. We try to keep the size of each Academy between 25-45 participants to allow for group interaction. We recommend conducting two different Academy training sessions on staggered dates if the number of registrants exceeds 50 participants.

Do you charge participants to attend the two-day Academy?

No. Initially, area hospitals in Kansas City donated seed money to fund the development and operating expense associated with the Academy. Nursing schools donated time to develop the initial Academy training materials. A federal grant was used to further convert the initial training materials into the current Faculty Reference Manual, Instructor’s Guide and Administrator’s Guide. To date, the regional hospital association has covered the cost of producing the Academy Faculty Reference Manuals, refreshments and lunch, as well as speaker gifts/honorariums.

How frequently do you conduct the two-day Academy?

In Kansas City, new clinical faculty instructors are identified in advance of each Academy, including commitments to various nursing schools. We conduct two sessions each year for new clinical faculty who will begin their educational duties that semester — one Academy session in early August and another in early January.

Do you provide CEUs for the two-day Academy?

Yes. Consult your particular state since the CEU process may vary. The Academy Administrator’s Guide contains a section with key documents useful when completing and applying for CEUs.

Still have more questions?

Please contact Michael R. Dunaway, senior vice president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council, at 913-327-7200 or send an email.