Critical Care Nurse Educator

LOCATION:  Fairfield County, CT

ORGANIZATION:  Acute Care Hospital

JOB SUMMARY:  A Registered Nurse Educator is responsible for the systematic process of assessment, development, and evaluation that enhances the performance or professional development of health care providers and their continuing competence. 

These programs include but are not limited to: new hire Nursing Orientation, Nursing Update Day, Support Staff Update Day, Traveler Nurse,Affiliating Nursing Schools Instructor Orientation & Organizational/Unit specific/Service Line Educational Initiatives  Assists the Director of Professional Development in Assessing, Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating house-wide education programs which have been identified.

Incumbents of this position provide a systematic process for the assessment, development, and evaluation of the organizations health care staff which in turn allows the health care staff to deliver excellent patient care.  Additionally the nurse educators provide on-going education of the health care staff to the organization’s philosophy, goals, policies, procedures, role expectations, and other functions needed to perform in the specific work setting.  The health care staff is supported with on-going information and guidance to continue to perform and improve the way in which patient centered care is delivered. 

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES/CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  The scope of responsibility and accountability for the central nurse educator continuously evolves to meet the demands of the practice setting. The following responsibilities may also vary based on the identified needs of the Professional Development Department.

Career Development Responsibilities
• Career coaching
• Creating/supporting clinical advancement models
• Academic education coaching
• Assisting in role transition
• Planning for succession

Education Responsibilities
• Participating in continuing education
• Assessing and validating competency
• Coordinating student affiliations
• Assessing educational needs
• Participating in in-service activities
• Orienting
• Developing curricula

Leadership Responsibilities
• Collaborator at local, regional, state, national, and international levels to improve NPD practice
• Consultant
• Change agent/facilitator
• Encourager of shared governance
• Influencer of others for positive change
• Leader at various levels of the organization – group, department, system
• Facilitator of peer review/evaluations
• Preceptor, mentor, clinical coach, role model
• Facilitator of clinical/academic partnerships

Program Management Responsibilities
• Change agent facilitator
• Analyzer of data (gathering, interpreting, integrating)
• Overseer of evidence-based practice/practice-based evidence
• Facilitator of excellence initiatives (e.g., MagnetTM Baldridge)
• Preceptor, mentor, clinical coach
• Program consultant
• Planner, implementer, facilitator, and evaluator
• Program innovator (e.g., e-learning, simulation, etc.)
• Record-keeper reporter, and documenter of related material
• Manager and supporter of research initiatives

Compliance Initiative Responsibilities
• Government regulations
• Facility accreditation
• Licensure and nursing professional standards
• Other regulatory standards

CORE COMPETENCIES:  The competencies listed below are to be considered as integral and core components of the NPD specialist role and are useful for validating specialists’ knowledge and evaluating their competency.

Career Development
• Accepts personal responsibilities for own professional development
• Promotes participation in professional organizations for self and others
• Demonstrates effective oral and written communication
• Uses effective interpersonal skills
• Fosters critical thinking
• Links nurses to professional development and other relevant resources

• Assesses learner characteristics, including learning styles and learning needs for program development
• Creates an effective learning environment
• Demonstrates proficiency in use of technology
• Evaluates the outcomes of staff education
• Functions in the roles of both teacher and facilitator
• Implements a variety of teaching strategies tailored to the learners’ characteristics, learning needs, cultural perspectives, and outcome objectives
• Plans NPD programs that are culturally relevant and that incorporate concepts of multicultural and multigenerational education
• Applies nursing and learning theoretical and conceptual foundations as a basis for developing NPD programs

• Adheres to regulatory body/agency standards
• Advocates for NPD programs that support the needs of the learner and the organization
• Anticipates and forecasts trends
• Demonstrates a sensitivity to ethical, cultural, and spiritual including
• Engages in ethical decision-making
• Effectively facilitates group processes
• Follows regulatory requirements for health reporting
• Functions as a change agent and leader
• Implements motivational strategies at the individual, group, program, and organization levels
• Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information
• Uses outcome measurements and outcome evaluation methods
• Promotes problem solving
• Interprets and uses research in practice
• Demonstrates knowledge of the research process
• Models the application of evidence-based practice
• Uses organization strategic plan and goals to determine educational priorities
• Develops financial plan that allocated resources to support NPD

Program and Project Management
• Plans and implements programs and projects, using innovation and creativity
• Consistently uses planning methodologies when implementing, facilitating, and evaluating various programs and projects
• Designs and implements evaluation plans for programs and projects
• Develops and implements a budget for programs and/or projects


  • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Current Registered Nurse License in Connecticut
  • MSN required. Will consider well-qualified candidates with a BSN who are actively pursuing a Master's Degree
  • 3-5 years recent clinical experience in an acute care setting. Formal teaching or comparable experience required
  • Maintains appropriate job-related membership in professional organization
  • Manages time effectively by meeting deadlines for completion of work projects, being prompt to appointments and commitments, assisting others when time is available
  • National certification in appropriate related specialty could be in-progress
  • may require: AHA Instructor status in one discipline - ACLS, BLS or PALS

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