Clinical Educator – Inservice Education – Full Time 10 Hour Days (Exempt) (Union) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The clinical educator is responsible for the development, coordination, delivery and/or evaluation of educational activities for hospital staff with a focus on patient care staff and wound care. Education will be accomplished in the clinical as well as classroom environment. The clinical educator serves as a consultant regarding skin/wound care prevention and management and resource for staff caring for patients as well as ancillary department staff. Utilizing appropriate education frameworks, the clinical educator assesses and determines learning needs, implements education programs, and evaluates education outcomes. Develops, coordinates, delivers and/or evaluates skin/ wound care educational activities for hospital staff, patients, and their families. Participates in an outcome-based approach to patient care by insuring evidenced-based practice and interdisciplinary care delivery.

The clinical educator is responsible for the development, coordination, delivery and/or evaluation of educational activities for hospital staff with a focus on patient care staff. Education will be accomplished in the clinical as well as classroom environment. The clinical educator serves as a consultant and resource for staff caring for patients as well as ancillary department staff. Utilizing appropriate education frameworks, the clinical educator assesses and determines learning needs, implements education programs, and evaluates education outcomes.

Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for creating an environment in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that facilitates student learning and the achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes.
  • Responsible for helping students develop and integrate the values and behaviors expected of those that fulfill that role.
  • Utilizes a variety of strategies to assess and evaluate student learning in classroom, lab or clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning.
  • Responsible for formulating program outcomes and designing curricula that reflect contemporary health care trends and prepare individuals to function effectively in the health care environment.
  • Functions as a change agent and leader to create a preferred future for healthcare education and clinical practice.
  • Recognizes that the clinical educator role is multidimensional and that ongoing commitment to develop, maintain competence in the role is essential.
  • Acknowledges that scholarship is an integral component of the educator role, and that teaching itself is a scholarly activity.
  • Maintains current knowledge regarding the educational environment. Recognizes how political, institutional, social and economic forces impact the educator role.
  • Adult Learning – Recognizes how adults acquire and use knowledge, skills, and attitudes by designing learning events that are highly interactive and engaging to the learner with a focus on relating concepts and theories to actual practice.
  • Strategic Planning – Establishes system(s) for learning events to ensure that they meet the established goals and objectives. – Uses available education resources (Subject Matter Experts, Regional Education Managers, approved standardized education, developed tools and templates) to develop and deliver education efficiently.
  • Assessment of Learning Needs – Confers with others to identify learning needs and suggests or selects most appropriate learning solution for addressing those needs. – Maintains a frequent presence in the clinical setting to identify learning needs.
  • Building Curriculum – Designs learning events consistent with the business needs of the organization
  • Coordination of Education – Manages logistic activities before, during and after the education event.
  • Skin/ Wound Program Activities – Collaborates with the program coordinator to coordinate enterprise wide activities of the skin/wound program. – Ensures that the skin/ wound program is in compliance with the local, state and federal rules, recommendations, and regulations (Center for Medicare and Medicaid and the Joint Commission). – Reviews the skin/ wound program policies and procedures to ensure the latest evidence in the literature. – Contributes to the program annual goals to include strategies to accomplish the goals, measured outcome and collaborating staff members. – Establishes and maintains rapport with medical staff, department heads as well as others concerned with patient care (direct or indirectly) – Provides input for agenda items as well as provides monthly reports for presentation to Committees. – Collaborates with the program coordinator to monitor implementation of committee recommendations and follows results. – Assist Department Managers and Medical Directors in implementing the skin/wound program within their departments.
  • Consultation – Provides skin/wound management consultation to other members of the healthcare team on an ongoing basis per request – Conducts patient skin/wound management education as requested by medical staff or nursing staff.
  • Coordinates and complies data – Conducts skin/wound management audits on a concurrent and/or retrospective basis for the purpose of identifying hospital related skin/wound management issues. – Collaborates with the program coordinator in the development of plan for decreasing hospital acquired pressure ulcers. – Makes rounds for the purposes of case findings, monitoring and supervision of skin/wound care management practices as directed by the hospital’s skin/wound management policy. – Recognizes sentinel events and participates in the investigation process. – Assist with the preparation of annual skin/wound management program report with the coordinator and the department director for effectiveness.
  • Delivery of Education – Facilitates and supports learning opportunities for individuals or groups incorporating a variety of delivery methods. – Recognizes “teachable moments” and intervenes with appropriate learning opportunity either in the classroom or the clinical setting – Employs audio and visual aids to help communicate course content. – Listens to participants and effectively responds to questions and objections. – Utilizes and demonstrates skills/knowledge to provide educational programs for employees who render care to patients and families appropriate to their age, cultural background, disease process, spiritual and psychosocial needs such as geriatric and/or adolescent specific educational programs. – Provides orientation and/or assists in the coordination of student clinical experience.
  • Evaluation – Assesses education events to determine participant’s reactions, knowledge acquisition, and application of lessons learned to the job.
  • Resource Management – Uses computer based data system and other on-line resources to manage information needed to develop curriculum or to provide standard or on demand reports related to any aspect of pain management education at the hospital. – Once certification obtained, maintain certification and active involvement in professional associations. – Responsible for actively participating as a member of the Education Department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Req Bachelor’s degree Nursing Graduate of a state approved school of Registered Nursing.
  • Req 2 years Formal or informal experience in an educator role.
  • Req Demonstrated ability to effectively work with physicians, staff, and patients.
  • Req Demonstrated ability to utilize effective, appropriate and diplomatic oral and written communication skills.
  • Req Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal direction and supervision.
  • Req Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word as well as Internet access and utilization.
  • Req Ability to participate in and utilize research for improvement of patient-care practices.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pref Master’s degree Nursing Master’s Degree in Nursing or related field, or in progress, strongly preferred * Master’s Degree in Nursing may be in lieu-of Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Pref 3 years Acute care nursing experience.
  • Pref Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Req Registered Nurse – RN (CA Board of Registered Nursing)
  • Req Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association
  • Req Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)

The annual base salary range for this position is $110,240.00 – $181,896.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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