The Nurse Educator is a registered professional nurse who provides formal/informal/virtual instruction for clinicians, support staff, patients and families, and the community. The RN-Educator collaborates in the Magnet/Pathway to Excellence activities in the journey towards the recognition. The RN-Educator oversees the implementation of the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program and the National Nursing Education Incentive (NNEI) scholarship program. The RN-Educator collaborates with multiple disciplines in the assessment, planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of an effective program including orientation, continuing education and in-service. The Nurse Educator will provide high quality education, training and research to all staff in the assigned area(s) to promote Veteran wellness and will demonstrate expertise in case finding, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being. The Nurse Educator serves the organization as a clinical expert for nursing staff, providing education and mentoring in the development of clinical skills and provides clinical involvement. Clinical involvement includes but is not limited to routine clinical and patient safety rounds. This role coordinates and oversees the process and education for clinical practice programs relative to specialty area assigned, and guides, oversees, delegates and provides consultation to other individuals within the department involved in educational projects and tasks. The Nurse Educator collaborates with educators from throughout the VACHS, Shared Governance Councils, and management to determine educational needs. The Nurse Educator creates and evaluates a learning needs assessment followed with a competency tracking tool specific to the area assigned. Competencies will cover high risk/low volume, regulatory, problem related, new (policies/procedures/equipment/initiatives), and changes. Should an employee exhibit an incomplete or unsatisfactory competency, the Nurse Educator will participate in developing action plans when employees demonstrate incomplete or unsatisfactory performance in competencies that are required in clinical settings. The Nurse Educator develops and coordinates comprehensive inter professional education, including new learning methodologies, including simulation learning, to promote quality education and hands-on training in an environment that establishes knowledge and skills prior to actual patient encounters. The Nurse Educator participates in assigned committees to develop nursing standards for quality assurance, clinical documentation, infection control and others as needed and attends all required mandatory educational, safety, and department specific training to support regulatory compliance. The Nurse Educator maintains accurate records for each employee within the assigned units / area to include Talent Management System (TMS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and all other unit specific documentation of mandatory and discretionary trainings. The Nurse Educator will regularly review the progress and transition of new employees. The Nurse Educator will support both Preceptor and Orientee with teaching and learning needs. The Nurse Educator will be an advisor and source of encouragement, leadership and guide to Preceptor and orientee throughout the orientation process. The Nurse Educator duties are 50% dedicated to Clinical Time and 50% Administrative time. The VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) is a Level 1a major interdisciplinary teaching facility serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients, with a Level III Emergency Department, a Community Living Center, and multiple community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC). There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. Home-Based Primary Care nursing care is also provided. Work Schedule: Mon thru Friday 7:30am-4pm Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.