Job: Professional Development Specialist

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Job Description

Professional Development Specialist
Job CategoryNursing
ScheduleFull time
Shift1 - Day Shift

SUMMARY:

Provides training and professional development for all levels of personnel within a hospital.  Provides central clinical orientations, AHA classes and on-going education opportunities.  Works in collaboration with the Clinical Educators in development and implementation of hospital-wide education programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Maintains records of training activities; monitors effectiveness of programs.

Prepares, organizes, directs, conducts, and supervises programs for central orientation, AHA courses, EKG, Preceptor training and in-service education; ensures the educational needs of staff are identified and met.

Acts as an education resource to nursing community and health care team.

Assists learners to identify learning needs and guides them to appropriate resources. .

Serves as a liaison to new employees and actively participates in retention initiatives.

Maintains computer-based tracking system and compiles required reports and records.

Evaluates effectiveness of learning strategies and outcomes of educational activities.

Plans education around new and existing hospital-wide nursing policies and procedures. Advocates standardization of nursing performance and standards of practice. 

Participates in Leadership Councils as membership requires.

Participates in house-wide initiatives.

Participates in professional organizations and actively networks to share information and ideas.

Coordinates classroom/meeting room facilities and instructional aids.

Creates objectives, lesson plans, and evaluation strategies; presents and coordinates in-service and continuing education programs.

Formulates and develops plans, procedures and programs to meet specific training needs and problems.

Uses information from QI data, need assessments, risk management concerns, safety issues, and infection control, and JC, HCFA and OSHA requirements to create education programs. 

Collaborates with internal and external trainers and educators to present courses within the hospital.

Participates in Quality Improvement Program on a regular and continuing basis.

Assists in research and development directly related to department services.

Implements and maintains established department and hospital policies, procedures, and initiatives as well as quality improvement, environmental, safety, and infection control policies.

Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values policies and standards.

Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in health related field required.

EXPERIENCE:  Five (5) years of RN experience in an acute care hospital

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure permitting work in the state of Arizona.  Current CPR, required, CPR instructor, ACLS/ACLS Instructor and PALS/PALS Instructor certification preferred.  Additional certification may be required. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Knowledge of EKG rhythms

  • Knowledge of nursing protocols and patient care practices that ensures optimum care.

  • Skill in developing educational programs including training materials and educating staff in a variety of subjects.

  • Ability to speak and teach in front of large groups

  • Skill in evaluating performance and recommending improvements.

  • Skill in the use and maintenance of computer systems and programs, especially Word, EXCEL, e-mail and attachment capabilities, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to coordinate large hospital wide projects

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries or complaints

  • Ability to work with concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions, and to apply mathematical operations to solve or analyze job-related situations.

  • Ability to identify positive or negative variances from expected outcomes.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

 

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