Patient care services at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., has created a clinical nurse educator role that is being introduced into patient units throughout the hospital, starting with womens health and critical care, according to a news release.
The clinical nurse educators will work at the bedside with nursing staff members to coach, mentor and educate them on the latest evidenced-based practices as those practices become recognized within the nations healthcare community. In addition, the educators will develop a partnership with nurse managers to ensure that the orientation of new staff, competencies and future educational planning strategies are streamlined, coordinated and facilitated for all staff in those service areas.
Theresa Houston, RN, BSN, CCRN, is the new clinical nurse educator in the critical care area, and Jacqueline Cooke, RN, MSN, is the new clinical nurse educator in the womens health area.
Houston most recently worked as an accreditation and infection specialist in infection prevention at Beebe Medical Center. Previously, she worked in the ICU and in the cardiovascular ICU for three years.
She has 20 years of experience as a nurse, 18 of which were in critical care.
She is certified in critical care and is working toward a MSN at Wilmington University in Dover, Del.
Cooke is new to Beebe Medical Center. She has spent 18 years in various settings within the field of womens health and has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.