Clinical Nurse Educator; Perioperative Services

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 07-31-2017
Under the administrative direction of the Director of Nursing, assumes the delegated responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating education and training programs for Perioperative Services. Designs and implements educational programs to ensure the quality of staff knowledge and skills. Functions as an expert in the care and management of patients undergoing perioperative procedures, interfacing with nursing managers, clinical nursing staff, physicians, administrative staff and patients/families.
Supervises employees during unit level orientation and for purposes of education and training.
Responsible for the orientation and education of staff in the Operating Room, PACU, Pre-Admit and Endoscopy units. Interacts with directors, nurse managers, clinical nursing staff, physicians and interdepartmental staff to determine educational needs of assigned staff and to plan and coordinate learning opportunities based on identified needs. Provides staff development expertise as an educator, facilitator, change agent and leader. Supports the development of nursing staff, and fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of evidenced based nursing practice.
  • Develops educational programs that accommodate both gaining and maintaining knowledge and skills necessary for competent performance of job responsibilities and advanced levels of professional development.
  • Develops a Perioperative Nursing Program for transferring in and newly hired staff. Coordinates unit level orientation programs along with unit staff. Assists preceptors with orientation needs.
  • Develops plans for educating Perioperative staff on new protocols, in-services and electronic medical record systems.
  • Ensures that educational activities are consistent with professional standards, regulatory agencies, and institutional and divisional philosophy, policies and objectives.
  • Maintains active presence in operating rooms during surgical procedures to monitor nursing practice and identify learning needs.
  • Conducts learning needs assessments based on departmental and divisional goals. Solicits surgeon input for service line learning needs and service line improvement. Identifies problems or deficiencies in performance and develops educational programs that will focus on learner needs. Provides one on one remedial training as required.
  • Uses effective teaching methodologies as determined by educational goals and needs of the target  audience and subject matter.
  • Conducts program evaluations and makes appropriate revisions to programs to meet ongoing learner needs.
  • Serves as a change agent by responding to changes in nursing practice and develops programs to support those changes.
  • Serves as clinical expert, role model, educator and resource that facilitates professional development of staff.
  • Provides direct patient care as needed.
  • Assists as instructor for BLS and ACLS programs for all eligible staff.
  • Monitors resuscitation procedures on occasion to ensure compliance with established guidelines and protocols. Provides constructive feedback and support to nursing staff and other health care providers to assist in improving performance.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with unit based health care teams.
  • Facilitates change in nursing practice based on systemic assessment and evaluation of nursing research and practice and on evidence based care modalities.
  • Participates in hospital wide and divisional committees related to education, practice and quality assessment and improvement.
  • Collaborates with the Quality Management Department in developing and implementing performance improvement programs that impact the delivery of care for patients using perioperative services. 
  • Participates in quality improvement programs through ongoing design assessment and measurement of quality indicators.
  • Participates in the implementation of current regulatory standards in order to meet state and national agency accreditation.
  • Provides complete reports and maintains records of all educational programs provided.
  • Provides monthly reports of quality indicators as assigned.
  • Rotates to all shifts to fulfill duties and responsibilities as needed.
  • Serves as the custodial officer for all equipment and supplies necessary to conduct CPR/ACLS/Skills Lab training programs.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated clinical expertise and knowledge related to Perioperative Services.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and presentation skills.
  • Program development and management skills including assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating educational activities that will meet the learning needs of nurses assigned to perioperative units.
  • Effective communication, problem solving, organizational and interpersonal skills. Intermediate computer skills.
  • Competent in effective communication as required for oral and written presentation, classroom delivery, and as a representative of the department.
  • Ability to design educational programs using educational theory and principles of learning and using ANCC guidelines for CNE program planning.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of principles and practices of adult education in the planning and implementation of educational programs.
  • Knowledge and expertise in perioperative nursing practice and education that provides a sound basis for identifying educational needs of nursing staff.
  • Skill in developing educational programs that will directly influence the quality of nursing practice.
  • Knowledge of measurement and evaluation methodologies in determining educational outcomes and learner proficiency. 
  • Proficient in use of computers for word processing and data management.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Masters Degree in Nursing or related field.
  • Current license to practice in the District of Columbia.
  • ACLS certification and Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) preferred.
  • Five (5) years of perioperative nursing. Minimum of 2 years as clinical educator or nursing instructor experience required.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (12-25lbs), balance, kneel, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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