CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (Birthing & Mother Infant Units)

Job Description Summary

Offering a comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program and Obstetrics Emergency Department, we deliver over 3,700 infants - right here on the South Shore! We are looking to add a new member to our elite Clinical Professional Development team who will assess designs, present, coordinate and evaluate educational programs and orientation for our Birthing & Mother Infant Unit Nurses. These educational offering assure competence while advancing the knowledge, skills and ability of the clinical colleague from novice to expert, including all Transition Into Practice Programs. *** Prior Birthing Unit experience strongly preferred as is MSN (completion and/or currently in process) ***

Job Description

Essential Functions

1 - Education
   a - Collects and assesses data and information related to education needs and other pertinent situations, including identification of trends, issues and supporting data to determine a comprehensive education program for assigned units/clinics including classroom, clinical experiences and learning technologies
   b - Assesses plans, develops, implements and evaluates comprehensive education programs to meet the orientation and ongoing competency needs and professional development needs of the Department leadership and staff, with specific focus for his/her departments/ units/clinics, which supports the South Shore Health (SSH) model of professional nursing/clinical practice
   c - Ensures all programs meet the Department (s) and regulatory expectations and standards. Adheres to national education practice standards and stays abreast of and incorporates current research into nursing/clinical education practice. Programs are based on adult learning principles, organizational and learning theory consistent with SSH endorsed philosophy and direction
   d - Provides consultation to enhance continuing education, professional development opportunities and mentorship opportunities
   e - Develops and delivers/coordinates other educational programs as directed (e.g., Grand Rounds, in-services, continuing education, job-specific and specialty curricula) to support competence and professional growth SSH nursing/clinical staff
   f - Develops curricula that is reflective of evidence-based practice and uses the appropriate methods of teaching to accommodate learning styles and the learning environment
   g - Plans, develops, and evaluates the preceptor program to enhance the orientation process and the retention of staff. Provides leadership to preceptors and serves as a role model through educational programs and ongoing coaching and mentoring
   h - Serves as a facilitator to nurse residents and actively mentors and supports their growth in the profession and clinical practice including transition to practice programs
   i - Participates in continuing education provider unit as a Nurse Planner. Utilizes American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) criteria to assess needs, plan, implement and evaluate continuing nursing education activities which qualify for continuing education credit. Participates in activities to keep abreast of the changes to the ANCC criteria, the policies/procedures of the provider unit, and the expectations of the Nurse Planner role

2 - Orientation
   a - Collaborates with Department/Clinical Manager to develop individualized orientation programs for all new staff members within the department(s)
   b - Assesses plans, develops, implements and evaluates comprehensive education programs to meet the orientation and ongoing competency needs and professional development needs in area of expertise
   c - Maintains competency based orientation program for all staff within the department.
   d - Collaborates with and mentors unit based preceptors to provide comprehensive orientation experiences for all new staff members

3 - Research/EBP
   a - Integrates relevant research outcomes into nursing professional development practice through effective learning activities
   b - Evaluates outcomes of the educational programs and utilizes findings for continued improvement. Incorporates objective assessment of classroom and clinical performance into evidence-based evaluation framework. Applies measurement instruments and statistical analysis, seeking consultation when needed
   c - Supports integration of research into practice and helps develop staff members’ knowledge and skills in the research process

4 - Community/ Outreach
   a - Engages as an educator in area of clinical specialty on a local, state, or national level to determine trends in clinical education, practice and regulation effecting clinical roles
   b - Promotes and cultivates positive relationships with academic programs to foster positive image. Is accessible to and supportive of undergraduate and graduate nursing students and faculty from affiliating schools of nursing
   c - Consults with the community for program planning and implementation and evaluation in order to meet staff development and patient care need

5 - Leadership
   a - Supports the implementation of management decisions that affect nursing practice in the clinical area. Plans educational programming for new or changing programs of care. Assists in development of clinical policies and procedures as requested
   b - Provides guidance, resources and knowledge for professional growth of others
   c - Participates in quality performance improvement activities
   d - Mentors colleagues, other nurses, students and others as appropriate
   e - Demonstrates leadership in nursing/clinical area through involvement in professional organizations
   f - Participates in strategic planning, ad hoc projects and educational activities as assigned for the department. Communicates effectively with colleagues across the system to advance goal achievement
   g - Demonstrates responsibility for reporting to licensing, certification, accreditation, and other regulatory bodies for educational program compliance
   h - Accepts Committee and workgroup appointments and actively participates to affect change in patient care and the SSH system.

i - Facilitates simulation learning in alignment with regulatory standards and department needs
 

Required additional Knowledge, and Abilities

Demonstrated leadership skill and communication skills. Commitment to adult learner education as a methodology for promoting continuous quality improvement in the delivery of patient care and services.

  • ACLS - Advanced Life Support or Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

Minimum Education - Preferred

BSN in Nursing Required
Master's Degree in Nursing strongly preferred.

Professional Certification preferred.

Minimum Work Experience

Three to five (3-5) years of progressively responsible nursing experience relative to the designated clinical services preferred.

Strong computer skills required.

Required Licenses / Registrations

RN - Registered Nurse

Required Classes/Skills -

ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support

NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation Program