Transformational Leadership Operationalized in Concept-Based Clinicals By Using a Faculty Coach
Repository Posting Date2016-09-16T14:22:17Z
Author DetailsDonna Huddleston, RN, CHPN, CNE
Lead Author Sigma AffliationAlpha Lambda
Other Title(s)Clinical Leadership for Transformational Change
Session presented on Monday, September 19, 2016: Background: Nursing experts are asking which approaches promote nursing student success. Using concept-based clinicalsis one approach; faculty support for concept-based clinicals is another. Recently, Williams, Avolio, Ott, & Miltner (2016) used a supportive approach for clinical nurse leader practice integration. We used a similar supportive approach through implementation of a clinical faculty coach position when our nursing program transitioned to concept-based clinicals and 1+2+1 for an RN to BSN pathway. Historically, less than 10% of this nursing program's graduates planned to continue their education. Methods: Health care clinical site visits were completed at least once per semester for support and to validate clinical concepts with Level I through Level IV clinical faculty (N=25). The clinical faculty ranged from novice adjuncts to expert clinical instructors. Anecdotal notes, emails, and texts written at the time of the visit were analyzed for transformational leadership strategies as described by Sherman (2013). Data were collected on the percentage of graduates who were on the new BSN pathway. Results: Over the two years, clinical faculty demonstrated growth in owning the clinical concepts; nursing students benefited from this growth. Thirty-four percent of graduates completed both AAS and AA degrees. The faculty clinical coach was instrumental in supporting clinical faculty as they successfully transitioned to concept-based clinicals. Summary: This presentation relates the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned when implementing a concept-based clinical from a clinical faculty coach perspective. At the end of this presentation, the nurse participant will have the knowledge to 1. describe the role of faculty coach in a clinical setting, how the role was developed, the responsibilities, and teaching material needed; 2. describe an example of clinical faculty coach support through collaboration with facility staff; 3. discuss two identified challenges of concept-based clinical: scheduling activities and lack of facility support along with solutions; and 4. examine two lessons learned as faculty coach: help faculty to find own solutions and how to offer resources and support. Conclusions. The faculty coach project supports Sherman's (2013) transformational leadership strategic outcomes, i.e., a healthy work environment and empowerment of clinical faculty resulting in better patient outcomes. In addition, using a faculty coach supported clinical faculty efforts to positively encourage nursing graduates on a BSN pathway.