Are you interested in becoming a nurse educator and shaping the future of health care to educate the nursing professionals of tomorrow? We have developed an introductory workshop that will help you reach the next step in your career. You will hear from expert educators about what it means to be nursing faculty.


This workshop was developed to increase the number of high-quality nursing faculty to address the serious national nursing shortage. Bill and Joanne Conway, the philanthropists behind the Bedford Falls Fund, are renowned for their generosity in supporting nursing education and addressing the shortage. With their support, we have built a workshop that will begin your journey to becoming nursing faculty.


The School's faculty residency program will create a mentorship program using faculty, state-of-the-art simulation training and deliver instruction on curriculum development, classroom teaching, theory and clinical evaluation, among many other skills that will ensure your success inside the classroom. 


Workshop Information

This workshop is comprised of three modules that will guide you in educating nursing students. You will complete self-paced modules and attend in person simulation and teaching sessions on Duquesne's campus. The workshop will take place from January through December 2024.


Preparing for the Role as a Nurse Educator

Duquesne Nursing faculty will serve as mentors to participants in the workshop. They will be there to assist you on every step of your journey to becoming a nurse educator.

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You will be part of a small group, and Duquesne faculty will serve as mentors to guide you through the workshop and assist with questions during the modules. Our faculty have your best interests at heart and want to see you reach your future goals.

Professionalism in Nursing Education

In this module you will:

  • Develop a philosophy of teaching
  • Learn to manage a classroom or clinical setting
  • Manage difficult situations (i.e., conflicts with students)
  • Build a Curriculum Vitae (resume)

Introduction to Curriculum and Evaluation in Teaching

In module 2, you will begin to learn the ins and outs of creating a syllabus and building your curriculum for your courses.

  • Purpose of a syllabus
  • Introduction to Undergraduate Curriculum
  • Creating a Teaching Lesson
  • Methods for effective evaluation
  • Constructive feedback
  • Creating a short teaching project


The third and final module will bring you to campus for in-person learning and lessons on teaching students.

  • Heath Care Simulation Best Practices
  • Pre-Briefing
  • Debriefing
  • Participate in a simulation
  • Discuss development of simulation scenarios

A Hybrid Approach

Simulation Lab

Simulation Scenarios

In early Summer, participants will be invited to campus to work in Duquesne's state-of-the-art simulation center. Participants will be asked to facilitate simulations with students under the guidance of your faculty mentor. Participants will take part in pre-briefing and debriefing simulation scenarios. Participants will then meet with their mentors after the simulation to review their learning outcomes and discuss ways to improve. This project will help in preparation for the Fall Teaching Project.


Teaching Project

In the Fall, participants will be encouraged to create a teaching project. The project will be no longer than 15-20 minutes and focus on an undergraduate topic chosen with the assistance of the mentors. Participants will record their project via Zoom and send the video in to their mentors for review. Participants and mentors will meet to view the teaching recordings as a group. Feedback will be provided. In November, all participants will be invited to a celebration reception, where they will receive their letter of completion for the workshop.

For More Information Contact:

Susan Kelly, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, CMSRN

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Clinical Faculty & Affairs

School of Nursing

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