Perinatal Educator

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 07-13-2017
Howard University Hospital (HUH) is a private, non- profit institution recognized for its ground breaking research and teaching programs. HUH has a rich tradition of leadership and service dating back to 1862. Over the course of its more than 150 year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, HUH has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center.
Competitive pay, 403-B Savings (Howard contributes a sum equal to 6% of your pay from your date of hire. Howard matches up to 2% of what you invest. Both Howard’s contributions and the contributions that you make to the plan are yours, and you are immediately vested 100%. Comprehensive medical and dental plans Prescription Drug Benefits. Discount on optical wear at the HUH Optical Shop, Pet Insurance, Wellness Rewards Program, Tuition remission for employees and dependents, Low-cost onsite parking, SmartTrip Commuter Transit and Parking Benefits, and more!
Performance requirements focused on topics pertinent to the childbearing years and to those issues encountered throughout the family/parenting process. Educators are responsible for ensuring effective program delivery, providing information about Womens' & Infants' Services.
Provides and assures patient centered, cost efficient, safe, culturally competent, linguistically sensitive and quality care by adhering to evidence based practice; continuously assesses, diagnoses, plans, implements and evaluates outcomes; follows hospital, Nurse Practice Act, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, accrediting and regulatory agency regulations regarding standards of care
  • Professionally and courteously communicates with patient/family, physicians and staff, and collaborates with patient/family and health care team.
  • Develops and coordinates new and existing employee orientation programs.
  • Schedules new employees for required orientation components and monitors their progression.
  • Creates, reviews, and revises orientation pathways and competencies annually.
  • Evaluates educational programs for effectiveness and impact.
  • Provides Director/Manager with annual program evaluation summary.
  • Creates and provides educational and professional development opportunities that enhance: empirical outcomes, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, transformational leadership, new knowledge, innovations, and improvements (from evidence based practice).
  • Evaluates and tracks programs and other educational/professional development offerings for sustained improvement and outcomes. Performs learning needs assessment (annually and ad hoc).
  • Develops educational programs based on needs.
  • Provides training reports to assist staff in achieving high completion rates for assigned departments.
  • Provides didactic classes, self-study modules, and learning opportunities to staff members.
  • Evaluates on-going needs, competence and post education outcomes.
  • Creates, maintains, and reviews annually, competencies for preceptors and Advanced Clinical Nurses.
  • Utilizes complex patient care situations to develop staff problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Works with Nursing Directors and Managers to create educational content that meets department specific needs.
  • Provides guidance, educational support, and leadership throughout the organization.
  • Encourages staff to pursue higher education, certification, and attend/participate in professional development activities.
  • Shares information with the appropriate individuals regarding necessary changes and/or compliance concerns.
  • Works collaboratively to develop and implement process changes to achieve compliance.
  • Monitors performance improvement, creates, implements, measures, and monitors educational plans to meet performance and quality improvement needs and initiatives.
  • Provides education that aligns with regulatory, best practice, and evidence-based standards.
  • Participates in the development, education, and communication of policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Creates and implements training/educational programs focused on identified performance improvement and organizational initiatives from evidence based practice.
  • Participates in continued survey readiness activities and provides education as appropriate.
  • Creates and implements education action plans based on survey findings (actual and readiness).
  • Integrates evidence based practice and develops staff members’ knowledge and skills in the research process, as well as fosters the use of systematic evaluative research with regard to clinical and educational data.
  • Maintaining class attendance records and supplies as needed.
  • May serve as clinical coordinator.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.
  • The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
  • Hospital experience in Perinatal Services primarily Labor and Delivery teaching experience in a Acute Care Perinatal setting. Exceptional relationship management skills and professional demeanor.
  • Understands and applies change management principles from evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding of adult learning styles, age specific care needs and growth development. Strong communication and leadership skills. Demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in providing direct patients care.
  • Demonstrates appropriate professional behavior via proper telephone etiquette and call light responses.
  • Adheres to Hospital policy by wearing proper attire.
  • Ability to physically and emotionally perform essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with the unit staff, patients/residents, physicians, visitors, and other health care personnel.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
  • Performs all assigned/requested functions associated with all aspects of Teletracking/Patient placement program.
  • Ability to meet established performance metrics.
  • Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
  • Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.
  • The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
Current RN with five (5) years of experience in childbirth education or 5 years work experience in the Perinatal setting, including Labor & Delivery. Certified Perinatal Nurse. Must pass certification requirements within one (1) years of being hired to remain in position. Current American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support Card & Neonatal Resuscitation Card.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, manually lift up to 35lbs and transfer/lift using the appropriate device to accomplish the patient care task, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, (depth perception, color vision), calculate, edit, evaluate, interpret, and organize for extended periods of time.
This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The hospital has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.
The Hospital does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-806-1316.
Job Type: Part-time
Required experience:
  • Perinatal setting (Labor & Delivery): 5 years
  • childbirth education: 5 years
Required licenses or certifications:
  • American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
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