- The Nursing Education Specialist (NES) works collaboratively to assess, plan, implement and evaluate educational activities through a systems model for the department of patient care services staff including orientation, continuing education, and competency programs.
- Roles of the NES include learning facilitator, change agent, mentor, leader, champion for scientific inquiry, advocate for Nursing Professional Development specialty and partner for practice transitions.
- Responsible for onboarding, orientation and transitions of patient care staff within the nursing division.
- Provides leadership and support to graduate or re-entry nurses, across the continuum, to promote excellence in providing patient care.
- Responsible and accountable for program design and development and coordination of all program functions which ensure the successful transition of novice nurses from an academic or deferred work setting to the complex healthcare environment of today’s standard.
- NES's role is to enhance the delivery of patient care in accordance with the standards of nursing practice through education, role modeling, standards development, and proctoring as needed across the continuum
with a collegial and interdisciplinary focus.
- Provides ongoing support and feedback to new nursing personnel in regards to high quality, efficient, patient centric care and documentation that meet the high regulatory demands.
- Works collaboratively with the nursing leadership team and with organizational development to establish an orientation program, inclusive of ongoing support during the first full year of hire, and a competency validation plan.
- Duties include but are not limited to the following: performing data abstraction, analysis, and action planning, bringing innovative ideas from and to the bedside; establishing clinical performance criteria and contributing to the analysis and appraisal of staff performance results through assessment of clinical abilities; coordinating orientation for staff to current and new procedures and care standards; providing in-services; policy development; coordinating educational goal setting and
participating in long-range educational planning; participating in quality
improvement activities; and ensuring compliance with regulatory/accreditation standards.
- Works collaboratively with the Advance Practice
Nurses, Learning and Leadership Team members, and nursing management to develop and validate the clinical competency of graduate and re-entry staff.
- Works with physicians in order to establish a collegial and interdisciplinary patient care environment inclusive of a supportive and
educational atmosphere for the novice nurse.
- The NES in the unit based position consults on performance issues and
related action planning for staff having difficulties transitioning from novice to experienced nursing.
- Graduate from an accredited school of registered nursing.
- Master’s Degree in Nursing or healthcare/education related degree is required.
- Bachelor's degree in Nursing is required if Master's degree is not in nursing.
Licensure and Certifications:
- Current and unencumbered California RN license required.
- Certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center preferred.
- Current BLS and ACLS certification required.
Experience, Knowledge and Skills:
- Minimum of 3 years clinical RN experience in an Intensive Care Unit.
- One or more years of clinical education experience required, more than 3 years preferred.
- Simulation experience preferred.
- Working knowledge of health care practices, patient care equipment and products.
- Data collection and management and the ability to conduct literature searches and critique appraisals required.
- Demonstrates ability to evaluate patient’s physical and emotional status.
- Demonstrates ability to provide patient care based on age-related and cultural needs.
- Possesses teaching ability, leadership ability, and high professional standards.
- Knowledge of regulatory processes required (TJC and Title 22).
- Must be well organized, able to set priorities, work independently and as an effective team member.
- Word Processing skills required.
- Statistical/data management skills preferred.
- Must demonstrate and maintain current knowledge and skill in providing care for adult patients.
- Ability to interact in a professional manner with administration, medical staff, and hospital personnel as well as external customers.
- The NorthBay Way is a set of value-based behaviors that are to be consistently demonstrated and role modeled by all employees that work at NorthBay Healthcare. The NorthBay Way principles consist of Caring, Communication, Collaboration, and Competence. Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate these principles.