Mercy Health

  • Clinical Educator

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    Position Type
    Full Time
    Med Surg ICU
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    We’re a Little Different


    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.


    “Mercy Hospital Rogers has been designated a Top 100 Hospital by IBM/Watson, formerly Truven, for 2019. We are the only hospital in the state of Arkansas receiving this award”



    The Unit-Based Clinical Educator assumes responsibility for all activities related to assessment, coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs to patient care
    staff on department(s)/unit(s) of responsibility and collaborates with other educators to provide facility-wide programs. The Unit-Based Clinical Educator supports the development of the bedside care provider and fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of evidenced-based nursing practice and is instrumental in creating a professional nursing climate.  The Clinical Educator will be available to metor both day and night shift coworkers.   Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with the mission, values, and service standards of Mercy Health. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, and Mercy Service Standards. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, and Mercy Service Standards.


    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, tuition reimbursement and employer-matched retirement funds to benefit-eligible co-workers, including those working 48 hours or more per pay period!


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.

    Responsibilities and Qualifications


    1 Orientation:
    1.1 Develop a comprehensive orientation plan for newly hired licensed and unlicensed co-workers
    1.2 Collaborate with management during new co-worker interview and on boarding
    1.3 Facilitate the role development, selection and ongoing training of unit based preceptors
    1.4 Act as a resource and preceptor for newly hired unit based educators
    1.5 Maintain proficiency in staff scheduling program

    1.6 Will work as bedside RN preceptor during the onboarding of new coworkers

    2 Inservice:
    2.1 Determine and revise priorities for scheduled and unscheduled educational activities
    2.2 Partner with staff and leadership to develop a plan of action to assist with remediation and/or unit performance deficits
    2.3 Participate in unit-based and system-wide performance improvement activities
    2.4 Participate in root cause analysis to identify and respond to learning deficits
    2.5 Provide education to staff based on unit needs and deficits
    2.6 Act as liaison to external vendors
    2.7 Seek feedback regarding efficiency and effectiveness in delivery of educational programs/activities
    2.8 Utilize adult teaching strategies during presentations.
    2.9 Create a climate conducive to learning and fostering a good relationship with learners
    2.10 Utilize subject matter experts in education development

    3 Continuing Education:
    3.1 Conduct annual needs assessment and facilitate an education plan to meet the identified needs
    3.2 Identify internal and external resources available to staff
    3.3 Identify opportunities for staff to increase skill and competence
    3.4 Participate in the process of obtaining continuing education credits for educational programs

    4 Communication/Collaboration:
    4.1 Utilizes personal service communication techniques in all interactions.
    4.2 Follows established chain of command in addressing issues, concerns and problems.
    4.3 Communicates and collaborates with team members in a professional manner.
    4.4 Provides clear feedback and positive reinforcement in a timely manner.
    4.5 Networks with others to achieve desired outcomes (e.g., other facilities, departments, experts, physicians, etc.).
    4.6 Serve as liaison to external organizations/facilities (e.g., schools, colleges, universities, community agencies, etc.).

    5 Research and Scholarship
    5.1 Support and/or participate in internal and external research activities
    5.2 Integrate evidenced based practice into educational programs and clinical competencies
    5.3 Analyze current systems and implement practice based evidence
    5.4 Promote and encourage research and scholarship

    6 Academic Partnerships:
    6.1 Network with others to achieve desired outcomes (e.g., other facilities, departments, experts, physicians, etc.)
    6.2 Serve as liaison to external organizations/facilities (e.g., schools, colleges, universities, community agencies, etc.)
    6.3 Partner with management and schools in implementing the use of clinical students 10


    7 Career Development/Role Transition:
    7.1 Provide honest feedback and positive reinforcement in a timely fashion
    7.2 Seek opportunities to act as a mentor and role model to positively influence others and promote a culture of excellence and safety.
    7.3 Serve as an active member on councils, committees, sub committees, community organizations and other relevant groups
    7.4 Incorporate the Professional Practice Model and Mercy Signature Service in education programs
    7.5 Utilize constructive problem solving techniques to promote change and address challenges. Follow established channels for addressing issues, concerns and problems
    7.6 Promote and engage staff in shared decision-making
    7.7 Create and maintain an environment wherein professional and personal growth is an expectation
    7.8 Hold self and others accountable for actions and outcomes during internal educational programs

    8 Wear proper personal protective equipment when appropriate. Observe standard precautions consistently. Wear clothing and Health System badge consistent with dress code. Attend to personal
    hygiene to maintain a clean, well-groomed appearance. Meet and exceed Health System attendance standards. Meet Health System media policy guidelines. Perform
    related duties as assigned

    9 Perform other duties under direction of the Administrative Director of Nursing or ICU Manager.

    10 Clinical Educators and Nurse Managers or qualified designee will provide supervision over Point of Care Testing (POC), both waived and non waived according to policy and procedure.



    Education: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.  Bachelor of Science in Nursing or actively enrolled in an accredited program.


    Licensure: Current RN licensure with Arkansas Board of Nursing or compact state license if living outside of Arkansas.


    Experience: 3 years of active bedside care delivery in the immediate past.


    Certification/Registration: Must have or be progressing toward certification in a specialty of nursing related to the unit(s)/departments of responsibility. The expectation is to achieve certification within 3 years of accepting position. (ie CCRN) Must be an AHA certified BLS provider. The expectation is to achieve BLS instructor certification within 1 year of accepting position. If ACLS/PALS is required for unit(s)/department(s) of responsibility, instructor certification is expected within 2 years of accepting position.


    Other skills & knowledge: (skills, knowledge, abilities) Skills, knowledge and abilities: Demonstrated skill in human relations and written, verbal, and electronic communication.
    Proven skill in oral presentation and facilitation. Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills and must be familiar with educational concepts, including principals of adult education.
    Proven ability to organize and maintain multiple projects simultaneously to meet project deadlines. Demonstrated competence in delivery of patient care. Must have computer
    skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of audiovisual equipment is an advantage. Must have knowledge of unit/department-specific
    equipment used in patient care.  Performs responsibilities in the spirit of the Mercy Mission and Charism. Makes decisions and determines actions using the Mercy Values as a guide.


    Education: Masters degree in Nursing is preferred, Graduate degrees in related fields may be considered.
    Licensure: BLS instructor and ACLS/PALS provider and instructor certifications are an advantage.


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