Medical City Plano
The unit based nurse educator coordinates plans for the professional development of the nursing staff assigned to a specialty unit area. . They coordinate the development and implementation of an educational program designed to convey specialized knowledge and skills to nursing personnel. The nurse educator is responsible for new staff orientation and ongoing staff development within their assigned department utilizing adult leaning principles. The nurse educator works in a defined patient care area to provide a climate optimal for the provision of individualized, goal directed nursing care that supports the mission, vision and values of The Medical Center of Plano and the philosophy of the Department of Nursing. The nurse educator possesses knowledge of the principles of growth and development and the particular skills necessary to provide optimum patient care to the population for which he or she is employed. The nurse educator is accountable for their practice and care coordination. The nurse is expected to practice autonomously utilizing evidence based practices. The nurse educator is responsible for planning and providing individual goal directed nursing care that promotes, advocates for and supports the nursing staffs primary commitment to protect the health, safety and rights of the individual, family or community
• Maintains education and development appropriate for position.
• Collaborates with the Nurse Manager and the Education department in the implementation and evaluation of nursing practice
• Coordinates and provides programs and learning opportunities for the clinical staff in the area assigned based upon evidence based practice and comprehensive needs assessments performed in collaboration with staff, organizational leaders, and peers to meet life long learning.
• Provides continuous competency assessment for staff at each level incorporating the Synergy Model and career enhancement model.
• Serves as a consultant or resource person for members of the health care team to advance and individualize nursing care.
• Participates in development and evaluation of professional practice by participating on unit and/or hospital committees, special projects, and staff meetings.
• Facilitates unit and/or hospital performance improvement activities and nursing research.
• Practices autonomously, consistent with practice standards and evidenced based practice guidelines.
• Provides care/treatment/services within the context of interdisciplinary patient care.
• Maintains compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards of those planning, regulatory and accrediting agencies which affect nursing and the institution.
• Participates in health promotions and educational community involvement.
• Designs orientation plans, unit based education plan and continuing education activities
• Delivers patient care and/or department service in a safe, competent, and efficient manner as determined by outcomes, quality monitors, and other internal and external processes.
• Maintains positive interpersonal relationships and conducts self to contribute positively to the delivery of quality care and services, and to orderly operation of the department and the facility.
• Maintains and enhances skills through consultation with interdisciplinary team members, participation in planning activities, and through attendance at in-service and continuing education programs. Completes mandatory education, including, but not limited to, infection control, patient safety, quality improvement, MSDS and OSHA standards (PPE, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communications, Emergency Procedures and Job Safety).
• Follows established guidelines for compliance with Infection Prevention and TJC Patient Safety Goals and Practices.