Registered Nurse (RN) Clinical Educator
8 hour shifts between 5:30pm-7:00am, occasional weekends
Bridges the gap between academia, continuing education, the community, and professional development. The RN Clinical Educator provides staff development expertise as nurse leader, mentor, and agent of change, consultant/facilitator, and educator/professional development specialist. Works in collaboration with professional development teams to design, organize, implement and evaluate educational programs (the nurse residency program, orientation, continuing education, and in-services) that facilitate the professional growth, skill development, competency, and attainment of standards of care for nurses within the organization.
Supports the professional development of the nurse resident and staff nurses.
Fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of evidence-based nursing practice through the facilitation of the educational process through assessment, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of competency assessment, continuing education and leadership development.
Acts as a transition manager, creates a relationship with the nurse residents, assists the residents to build on individual strengths, providing support, and encourages coping strategies, as they are onboarded to their unit.
Serves as a role model of professional behavior for nurse residents and staff nurses in creating and maintaining a professional nursing climate within the organization to meet the diverse needs of the patient care areas.
Collaborates with nursing leadership to identify and meet global needs of patient care units, multi-disciplinary teams, committees, and task forces.
Acts as clinical role model through 1:1 clinical time with staff to assess and teach critical thinking, priority setting, time management and “culture of patient safety” practices.
Maintains records of training activities and employee progress; monitors effectiveness of programs.
Prepares, organizes, directs, conducts, and supervises programs for orientation, 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.
Evaluates new employees’ performance and schedules regular meetings with them, according to the preceptor program, as well as the individual needs of the nurse, as identified by the unit based educators.
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.
Develops, executes and coordinates nursing orientation program.
Plans education around new and existing hospital-wide nursing policies and procedures. Advocates standardization of nursing performance and standards of practice. Evaluates unit-based procedures and policies and standing orders to meet the goal of standardization. Organizes the unit-based educators’ participation in hospital wide initiatives, such as CPR, JIREH, and CBT training.
Participates in Leadership Councils as membership requires.
Maintains clinical expertise through a variety if methods, including direct patient care as necessary.
Participates in professional organizations and actively networks to share information and ideas.
Develops unit competencies related to findings.
Coordinates classroom/meeting room facilities and instructional aids.
Creates objectives, lesson plans, and evaluation strategies; present and coordinate 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 JCAHO, HCFA and OSHA requirements to create education programs.
Collaborates with internal and external trainers and educators to present courses within the hospital.
Participates in and coordinate unit Quality Improvement Program on a regular and continuing basis.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Nursing required, preferred Master’s degree.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of RN experience preferably in a related unit/department within an acute care setting.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure permitting work in the state of Arizona and current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. Additional certification may be required per department.