Clinical Educator - Behavioral Health Services

Chambersburg, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 73055

Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the nursing clinical director, provides staff/professional development expertise as an educator, consultant, facilitator, change agent and leader. Supports the development of bedside nursing staff and fosters empowerment through knowledge and delivery of evidence-based nursing practices and care. This occurs through the facilitation of the educational process through assessment, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of competency assessment, continuing education, and leadership development. Possesses the ability to convey and deliver information thoroughly and effectively using a variety of styles and techniques.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Accountabilities:

  1. Participates and collaborates in the annual development of an education/learning needs assessment for the department of nursing.
  2. Conducts learning needs assessment using a variety of strategic tools. Provides educational programs and curricula for nursing staff as identified from education/learning needs assessment. Programs/curricula may be unit-based education or department of nursing-based education. Track measurable outcomes related to improved patient outcomes as a result of knowledge gained from education.
  3. Assists in the development, implementation, and validation of department of nursing competencies for varied roles: RN’s, NA’s, technicians, and unit secretary’s as applicable for each department.
  4. Assists with house wide or department of nursing orientation of new equipment, updates to Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) requirements and other topics as necessary.
  5. Teaches content as needed/or assigned within clinical expertise to facilitate orientation, staff development, and/or safe clinical practice.
  6. Assists nursing staff in developing and designing programs of study specific to the patient population served.
  7. Meets with preceptors and orientees on a regular basis to monitor orientation progress and assist in setting goals for orientee in collaboration with unit-based preceptor and nurse manager. Verifies orientation content is appropriate for achieving role independence.
  8. Acts as a liaison between the new employee and hospital to facilitate the socialization process into the new unit and work culture.
  9. Routinely meets with Nurse Managers to identify staff or unit educational needs. Develops/revises educational plan(s) accordingly to assure ongoing competency and validation of professional nursing practice.
  10. Supports direct care delivery and consultations as needed and/or as requested by unit managers.
  11. Assists with tracking staff education requirements and facilitate/mentor staff in meeting unit and department of nursing requirements.
  12. Promotes evidence-based practice and nursing research and actively seeks opportunities for staff to participate in these activities on the unit/department/system.
  13. Supports and promotes specialty certification of staff, and provides education as needed.
 

NonEssential Accountabilities:

  1. Performs other related duties as identified.
 

Common Expectations:

  1. Maintains established policies and procedures, objectives, quality assessment, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  2. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, professional organizations and workshops.
  3. Provides outstanding service to all customers; fosters teamwork; and practices fiscal responsibility through improvement and innovation.
  4. Educational consultant for unit/department to facilitate task forces, committees, councils, and projects relating to policy, procedure and program development.
  5. Responds to organizational mandates, management of sentinel events and promotion of quality of patient care to support superior clinical outcomes, nursing care and patient safety.
  6. Supports shared decision-making structure at both the unit, entity and system levels through active involvement as appropriate and encouraging staff professional development.
 

Qualifications

  • Notes:
    • Other combinations of formal education, training and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum Experience:
    • 3 - 5 years in acute care setting or area of specialty
    • Pref Field of ExpertisePrevious teaching experience; teaching and learning strategies, learning styles, curriculum and design
  • Minimum Education:
    • Bachelor's Degree
  • Preferred Education:
    • Master’s Degree
  • Preferred Field Of Expertise:
    • Previous teaching experience; teaching and learning strategies, learning styles, curriculum and design
  • Required Certification:
    • Current RN license in PA; BLS; professional nursing certification in area of clinical specialty/professional development/nursing education preferred
  • Physical Demands:
    • Frequent prolonged standing/walking
    • Occasionally lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients
    • Occasionally lifts supplies/equipment
    • Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
  • Skills:
    • Excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills; substantial computer literacy and data file management skills
    • Knowledge of regulatory standards, both national and state. Demonstrated experience in preparing for and handling state and federal surveys would be an advantage.
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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 20,000 employees and 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome. Respect. Value.

Wellspan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected, and valued while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy and intention of the System to maintain consistent and equal treatment toward applicants and employees of all job classifications without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Franklin County, named after Benjamin Franklin, was officially formed in 1784. One of its two main towns, the borough of Chambersburg, lies 13 miles north of Maryland, and is known for its "green, safe environment." In the southern part of Franklin County, the borough of Waynesboro sits just two miles north of the Mason-Dixon Line and is known for its rich industrial history.

Franklin County is in the heart of South-Central Pennsylvania where you'll find mountains, lakes, and a picturesque countryside coupled with theater, music, skiing, hunting, fishing, and much more. We're in the heart of America's fruit orchards, so peaches, apples, and lots of other local produce are available close by. The area features local wineries and breweries, along with a vibrant arts scene at the historic Capitol Theatre and Totem Pole Playhouse. Franklin County merges the best of small-town friendliness with easy access to metropolitan areas. (Patient population: 154,000)