Nurse Educator, NICU

Job Description

Location: UC Medical Center
Department: NICU
Hours: Full time, 40 hours/week
Shift: First Shift

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

The Nurse Educator is a registered nurse who influences professional role competence and professional growth of learners at the clinical unit level. The Nurse Educator possesses knowledge of clinical specialty and national standards related to nursing practice in their area of focus.

Responsibilities

1. PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY) 5%
  • Engages in population appropriate communication.
  • Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks.
  • Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment.
  • Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient.
  • Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary.
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems.
  • Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately.
  • Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely.
  • Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

2. Job Function: Unit Level Professional Development - 40%
  • The scope of the Nurse Educator is primarily at the unit/specialty level.
  • Uses critical thinking, the nursing process, principles of adult learning, teaching/learning theories and age appropriate teaching strategies in implementation of educational programs for unit specific patient populations.
  • Unit-based responsibilities include: orientation, preceptor support/development, coaching/mentoring, quality initiatives, unit level annual competency assessment/validation, and student activities
  • Ensures effective learning experiences for competency assessment and validation to reflect practice changes, regulatory agency or organizational policy requirements.
  • Serves in collaboration with nursing leadership, the Professional Practice Organization (PPO), and the Center for Professional Growth and Innovative Practice (CPGIP) to implement nursing education and professional development programs.
  • Supports and participates in hospital level educational initiatives.

3. Job Function: Role Model - 25%
  • Role models professional nursing and interprofessional collaborative behaviors.
  • Demonstrates attributes of growth mindset that embody the mission/vision/values of UC Health as well as professional nursing practice standards.
  • Actions drive unit level goals and initiatives from a nursing professional development perspective.
  • Possesses required competencies as outlined by the ANA Education: Scope and Standards of Practice (2016). See addendum

4. Job Function: Performance Improvement, Evidence Based Practice, Nursing Research - 10%
  • Supports, performance improvement, evidence based practice and nursing research efforts to ensure consistent and effective execution in their assigned department
  • Uses available data to monitor/evaluate performance of department programs, initiatives and targeted improvement efforts.
  • Participates in project implementation (e.g. CDIS, Clinical Ladder, nurse Residency Program requirements)

5. Job Function: Bedside Clinical Support - 20%
  • Maintains clinical competence related to specific unit patient population
  • At the discretion of unit leadership, supports staff at the bedside


Qualifications

EDUCATION:
  • Required: Master's Degree in Nursing

LICENSE & CERTIFICATION:
  • Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Ohio
  • Current BLS certifications required.
  • Certification in Education and/or clinical specialty area strongly preferred.
  • If not currently certified, expected to achieve certification within 1 year of eligibility.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
  • Minimum Required: 3 years clinical experience.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interpersonal communication style that is consistent with enhancing a learner-centered environment.
  • Evidence of continuing professional growth and recommended membership in a professional organization in area of specialization.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

While the position will work in a normal office environment, travel to the various hospitals and work locations will be necessary. Work hours will vary from time to time depending upon the needs of the business. Regular and predictable on-site attendance is required for this position.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment. Patient care unit Periods of high stress and fluctuating workloads may occur.