The Clinical Educator assesses the clinical staff's educational needs, develops and coordinates/instructs continuing education for clinical personnel across the organization, and assists with ancillary continuing education as requested. The Clinical Educators lead clinical orientation for hospital staff. First and foremost, the clinical educator is a clinical expert with talent for sharing their knowledge and clinical expertise with others. This requires that the educator maintain contemporary clinical knowledge and practice by working in a clinical area of expertise.
The National League for Nursing (NLN) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) identify the essential duties/skills of the Clinical Educator (Nursing Professional Development Expert) as:
Additionally, the Clinical Educator:
a.Assesses the educational needs for clinical staff and develops, implements, and evaluates programs to meet the organizational needs.
b.Apprises leaders of staff due for recertification in ample time for scheduling.
c.Assists with development of the annual calendar, and distributes the calendar throughout the organization.
d.Coordinates and/or assists with courses which are required to maintain competency.
e.Assists with meeting emergent educational needs across the organization. (e.g. new medical equipment training, etc.,..)
f.Assists with monitoring inventory of supplies and books.
g.Accepts responsibility for professional growth and development.
h.Serves on professional committees as assigned.
i.Demonstrates a commitment to the philosophy and objectives of the organization.
j.Maintains clinical competency in one or more areas of nursing by being actively involved in patient care activities.
k.Leads/coordinates educational programs as assigned.
l.Leads workforce development activities, including job shadows, student rotations, job fairs, etc.
m.Maintains educational expertise in:
iii.Adult learning principles and educational theory
iv.Varied teaching style and approaches
1.Performs other work related duties as assigned.
2.Holds secondary clinical position or floats/cross-trains to a clinical position.
1.Current Maine Registered Nurse License.
BLS is required within the first week of employment. Employees must maintain CPR certification throughout employment when in a clinical position.
Variable work schedule requires business hours with some evening and weekend work to meet organizational needs. May be required to work with night staff after hours.
EDUCATION SKILLS, EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
1.Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
2. Minimum of 3 years clinical experience, and maintain clinical expertise by actively working in an approved clinical area.
3.Good interpersonal skills.
4. Advanced computer skills needed for presentation, as well as for patient documentation.
5. Specialty certification in a clinical area of expertise preferred.
6. Willing to pursue and obtain certifications in other specialties, i.e. ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc. as assigned.
7. De-escalation and workplace violence training will be completed at hire prior to release from orientation
PHYSICAL DEMAND REQUIREMENTS:
1.Sitting 1-3 hours/day
2.Standing 4-7 hours/day
3.Walking 4-7 hours/day
4.Lifting 35-50 lbs, with proper body mechanics
5.Twisting – frequent (500-1000 twists/day)
6.Bending – moderate (130-480 bends/day)
7.Squatting – 1-3 hours/day
8. Endurance – heavy energy requirements (7-9 mets)
9.Wrist position – slight to moderate deviation of wrist
10.Pinching – moderate (130-480 pinches/day)
11.Hand/Wrist repetitions – moderate (1000-2880/day
12.Manual Dexterity – frequent fine motor skills required
13 Either handedness – 70-100% of the job cycle time
14.Requires accurate near vision 20/20 and 20/40 for far vision
15.Requires both green/red, blue/violet discrimination
16.Requires accurate depth perception
17.Requires hearing whispered voice at 8 feet
18.Speech, frequent, clear speaking ability 4-8 hours/day
1.Low Temperature – no exposure or not assessed
2High Temperature – work environment 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit
3.Infections – frequent exposure to infections
4Wetness – moderate exposure to water or dampness
5.Slippery Surfaces – occasional work on surfaces that are slippery
6. Uneven Surfaces – occasional work where surfaces are uneven
7.Non-ionizing Radiation (welding flash, microwaves, sunburn) – moderate exposure
8.Noise – steady exposure to voices, bells, buzzers, routine noises and occasional loud sounds.
9.Body Injuries (exposure to circumstances which may cause minor injuries: superficial cuts, mild blows, sprains, strains, slips, etc.) – moderate likelihood of minor injury
10.Body Injuries (exposure to circumstances which may cause significant traumatic injury: deep cuts, fractures, or permanent disabling injuries) – slight likelihood of significant traumatic injury
11.Moving objects (exposure to moving objects which may cause minor injuries: superficial cuts, mild blows, sprains, strains, slips, etc.) – slight likelihood of minor injury from moving objects
12.Moving Objects (exposure to moving objects which may cause significant traumatic injury: deep cuts, fractures, or permanent disabling injuries) – slight likelihood of significant injury from moving objects
13.Toxic Conditions – moderate likelihood of exposure to toxic conditions
14.Working With Others – great; association is frequent and comprises a major
portion of the job
15.Lack of Control Over Pace Of Work – Frequent; periods of incentive-based, assignment-based, or machine-controlled pace
16.Role Ambiguity – slight; rarely is not clear what others expect of the worker
17.Irregular Or Extended Work Hours (the degree to which hours exceed 8 per day or hours and shift change) – Moderate
18.Irregular Or Extended Days Of Assignment – Occasional possibility
1.Problem Solving – Frequent problem solving required
2.Judgment/Assessment – Continuously assesses situations and determines corrective actions needed
3.Supervision – Responsible for competency assessment and development for clinical staff; evaluates staff to assure that they meet minimal clinical requirements; assure staff enrolled in certification courses meet minimal requirements to attain certification. Required to frequently coach and mentor staff. Report failure of performance to clinical managers.
4.Reading/Comprehension – Must be able to read and comprehend greater than grade 10 level of instructions
5.Math/Arithmetic – Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, perform fractions, and calculate percentages
1.Composure Under Working Conditions (including demanding, rude, and/or violent residents/staff/visitors) – Must remain calm and exercise self-control in working relationships with patients, staff, and visitors.
2. Coping Skills For Stresses Associated With Illness, Disability, dying, and/or Death – Works directly with persons who are or may become ill, disabled, or dying on a regular basis; may be present at the death bed and have to care for the body of the deceased
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.
1.Willingness to work cooperatively is necessary.
2.Strong public relations and customer service and service recovery skills required.
3. Public presentations to large and small groups to a wide variety of audiences.