Direct the strategic planning and daily operations of the clinical education program, including all clinical and internship placements.
Secure all clinical and internship placements for nursing students. Register students for clinical participation each semester following the guidelines set forth by the faculty in relation to location and variety of clinical placements throughout the program. Arrange for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs of clinical facilities each semester (N95 and fit testing, etc). Arrange and oversee CPR on-campus offerings. Monitor and ensure compliance with CPR certification and immunizations. Create policies and develop waivers needed for unique clinical situations (i.e. unvaccinated students, COVID testing, quarantine, isolation, etc). Orient students and faculty on new policies each semester through appropriate communications. Maintain student records, adjunct clinical faculty records, and agency contracts. Oversee the integration and proper use of technology (CORE) into the operations of the clinical placement office and clinical courses and serve as the project manager for these technologies. Prepare semester reports for the department chair for projected and actual budgets and resources.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with clinical practice partners and didactic course faculty. Engage with hospital education departments to represent the nursing department to practice partners attending all meetings. Attend Board of Nursing (BON) meetings monthly to monitor compliance of the nursing department with state regulations. Routinely visit clinical sites to conduct site evaluations for ongoing quality assurance of appropriateness and effectiveness of these site. Assure clinical sites are appropriate in number and skill acquisition for the corresponding didactic course.
Collaborate with faculty and the Director of Simulation and Labs on a comprehensive student direct care experience and possess a thorough understanding of the nursing curriculum. Review and update clinical education course materials, including curriculum manuals. Interact with clinical faculty regarding learning issues as they pertain to clinical teaching and enhancement of scenarios to achieve course and end of program student learning objectives more effectively and consistently. Oversee pedagogical efficacy in developing instructional media. Work with key stakeholders and school governance structure to develop, implement, and evaluate the opportunities for integrating technologies into the pedagogy and/or curriculum. Develop and implement technology opportunities within the teaching function which may include faculty development and other educational programs. Provide collaborative leadership in core clinical teaching within the curriculum. Ensure that any integration of technology into the curriculum or pedagogy will be evidence based. Monitor student clinical hours/student absences for compliance with accreditation requirements. Track and arrange clinical make-up for students.
Routinely visit clinical sites to conduct faculty evaluations for ongoing quality assurance of teaching effectiveness. Recruit and interview all clinical faculty to ensure appropriate and consistent delivery of the curriculum in the clinical setting. Match applicants' credentials to the appropriate clinical setting as part of the hiring process. Orient and support adjunct faculty in the delivery of clinical course content and the implementation of appropriate instruction methodologies to ensure continuity across course sections and the overall curriculum. Collaborate with the Director of Simulation to assess best practices for achieving academic objectives. Adhere to all Rhode Island Board of Nursing (BON) policies and procedures in relation to clinical faculty and faculty waivers. Prepare tables for annual RI BON reports on adjunct faculty and preceptors. Review clinical faculty course evaluations for appropriateness of ongoing clinical appointment. Work with the nursing department administrative coordinator to ensure all hiring materials and on-boarding paperwork is complete. Assure clinical adjunct faculty files are updated and accurate. Develop, conduct, and evaluate clinical faculty development educational sessions each semester. Teach one course per semester in simulation, lab, or classroom.
Perform all other duties as may be required.
Education and Experience Required:
Master's degree in nursing from an accredited institution required. Doctoral degree in nursing preferred.
Three to five years' experience or an equivalent combination of education and training.
Licensure in nursing required.
Strong customer service skills and a true commitment to providing solutions in a timely way.
Ability to work quickly and thoroughly, prioritizing work based on urgency and demand. Demonstrated understanding that details matter and must be correct.
Excellent analytical and communication skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Centralized Clinical Placement Platform, and Clinical Education Office Software.
Requires availability evenings, early mornings, and weekends when students are in the clinical setting.
Employee Status: Full Time
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