Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 8/16/2022

Nurse Educator – Behavioral Health

40 Hours Per Week Day/Evening

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized behavioral health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:

Compassion

Accountability

Respect

Excellence

Stewardship

If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

I. Position Function:

The Nurse Educator is a BSN or master's prepared, professional nurse who possesses clinical knowledge and teaching skills. The role encompasses consultation, continuing education, nursing research, professional practice, continuous quality improvement, and clinical teaching.

The Nurse Educator acts as a role model to nurse clinicians, staff, other health care professionals and support services, and provides consultation in his/her specialty area, using the patient-centered model of care.

The Nurse Educator supports and promotes practice standards in accordance with the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice and the Philosophy and Goals of the Nursing Division and the Medical Center.

II. Job Relationships:

The Nurse Educator reports to the Patient Care Director.

The Nurse Educator works collaboratively with patient care managers, nurse clinicians, and other health care providers to promote quality patient care.

III. Authority:

The Nurse Educator has the authority to educate all levels of nursing personnel regarding job functions, clinical specialty, care management processes and continuous quality improvement activities.

The Nurse Educator has the authority to receive and review all reports and committee minutes pertinent to her/his educational duties and committee responsibilities.

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1.) "Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,

and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards."

Clinical Practice:

- Serves as a role model for professional practice in the clinical areas.

- Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the goals, standards and

policies and procedures within the Nursing Division.

- Collaborates with other disciplines to develop and implement hospital-wide policies and

procedures.

- Assists the nurse clinician to plan and implement patient centered care based on established

guidelines, standards, protocols and policies and procedures of nursing practice.

- Provides training, development and support to ancillary staff (NA, PCA, MA, MHW,

Technicians).

- Assists nurses with leadership role development and clinical decision making.

- Participates in and encourages staff to engage in collaborative forums such as collaborative

practice groups, interdisciplinary rounds, and patient care conferences.

- Collaborates with the patient care manager and nursing staff to identify learning needs and

plans appropriate experiences/educational programs.

- Designs and implements programs to develop and maintain staff competency in both generic

and unit-specific areas.

- Designs and develops educational programs/competencies in response to hospitalinitiatives.

- Provides yearly mandatory education for nursing staff and other health care professionals.

- Precepts master's level nursing students during clinical practicums.

Consultation:

- Acts as a resource to the nurse clinician for clinical problem solving.

- Provides consultation in collaboration with the nurse clinician in the area of her/his clinical

expertise to patients and families throughout the Medical Center.

- Acts as a resource to staff for the implementation of the nursing process and contemporary

practice.

- Provides consultation to nurse clinicians on use of care management system.

- Provides consultation to and supports role development of the clinical leader.

- Acts as a resource and consultant to support services.

- Provides direct input and critical analysis of technology to product representatives for

potential improvement in the quality of the product, and/or delivery of patient care.

Orientation:

- Designs, implements, and evaluates orientation programs for all levels of Nursing personnel.

- Facilitates learning experiences for orientees.

- Introduces new staff members to the philosophy, goals, policies, procedures, role

expectations, physical facilities, and special services in their work setting.

- Facilitates preceptor role development in collaboration with the patient care managers.

- Supports preceptor and orientee throughout orientation and in completion of orientation

objectives/competencies.

- Collaborates with the patient care manager in the implementation and evaluation of the

orientation process.

- Provides and/or coordinates in-service education activities designed to maintain, update and

promote the knowledge and skills of nursing staff.

- Participates in the orientation and coordination of learning experiences for faculty and

students of affiliated nursing schools.

Continuing Education:

- Actively participates in the design, implementation, approval process and evaluation of

continuing education programs for the nursing division.

- Plans and develops educational programs, including workshops, conferences, and seminars

for all levels of nursing personnel which build on existing skills and lead to the acquisition of

new knowledge.

- Expands educational offerings/materials in the clinical learning lab.

- Encourage staff to utilize educational opportunities, which will enhance their professional

development.

- Supports an educational environment which encompasses use of clinical learning lab.

Professional Development/Professional Relationships:

- Maintains competency through participation in educational activities, clinical practice, and

consultation which promote professional growth.

- Demonstrates a commitment to the profession through membership and participation in

professional organizations.

- Demonstrates awareness of political issues and processes and their impact upon healthcare.

- Participates as a guest lecturer to professional groups.

- Develops educational materials for utilization by patients and professionals groups.

- Contributes to nursing literature on a local and/or national level.

- Participates in interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary committees as a member of the Nursing

Leadership Group.

- Actively participates (as a member and/or chairperson) on committees with Nursing

Education, Department of Nursing, and the hospital.

- Manages special projects across the institution/system in response to initiatives.

Continuous Quality Improvement/Research:

- Teaches and facilitates critical thinking and research findings for applicability to practice.

- Assists staff in critiquing research findings for applicability to practice.

- Assists staff to participate and assist in research studies to enhance patient outcomes.

- Designs, promotes and participates in unit-based CQI programs, to improve nursing practice.

Care Management:

- Actively participates in all collaborative group practices.

- Contributes to the design and implementation and education of CareMapsTM and of the Care

Management system.

B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

Performs other related duties as needed.

V. Reporting Requirements:

Completes a written evaluation summary on all programs provided.

Develops and presents regular written report of all educational activities to the Vice President, Patient Care Services

Participates in the writing and publication of a Nursing Education Annual report of the Division of Nursing.

VI. Accountability:

Accountable for providing educational offerings and services which operate within the Nursing Education Department budget.

Accountable for guiding clinical practice in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations, and standard-setting organizations.

Accountable for maintaining confidentiality and security of all hospital-related, medical staff-related, and patient-related data and information.

Accountable for abiding by all relevant hospital policies and procedures.

VII. Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

      • Bachelors degree in nursing (BSN)

      • Master of Science in nursing (MSN)

Minimum Experience:

4+ years' clinical experience in nursing required.

Experience with Behavioral Health and Geriatric Populations

Minimum skills/abilities:

Certification in teaching and/or program development.

Certification in specialty area encouraged.

Certification/Licensure:

Current Massachusetts Licensure in Nursing.

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