The position is accountable for advanced knowledge in the specialty area and applies theories and concepts derived from the biological and behavioral sciences. The incumbent is also accountable for integrating adult learning theory into the nursing specialty.
The position requires advanced leadership skills. These leadership skills include role modeling, coaching and monitoring to develop the nursing staff. The incumbent also has consultation skills to collaborate with nursing management, other departments and professionals within the hospital as well as in the community.
The position requires advanced clinical practice skills. These include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a patient population whose age is determined by the particular educator’s specialty. The incumbent also assists with legal and regulatory standards to maintain quality care.
The incumbent also has advanced adult education skills. The major challenge is to develop the staff using a variety of adult learning principles including didactic, self-directed and clinical modalities. The position requires outcome evaluation of these teaching and learning strategies.
The incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on physical, motor/sensor, psychosocial, and safety appropriate to the age of the patient served and meets standards of quality as measured by the department Competence with Special Populations competency standards.
Evidence based nursing practice, along with critical thinking skills are required to provide optimally safe patient care when interacting with internal and external contacts and exercising judgment and making decisions. Professional nursing practice is congruent with the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
This position may fill in for other positions, such as charge nurse or floor nurse on an as needed basis.