It takes a lot of very smart, hard-working and talented people to provide the level of care that we give to our patients. Tufts Medical Center is an internationally respected academic medical center and we pride ourselves not only on the sophistication of the care we deliver, but the compassionate way in which we provide it. And that starts with our employees.
This role is responsible for assisting the Clinical Nursing Director and the Professional Development Director, in conjunction with the needs of the staff nurse, in the planning and delivery of direct patient care for an assigned unit/ group, utilizing the nursing process and adhering to the standards of nursing practice. Assists the Clinical Nursing Director and the Professional Development Director in translating the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the hospital and nursing service into effective action. The Clinical Instructor role is positioned to be accessible to the nurse in direct care.
Under the direction of the Professional Development Director, the Clinical Instructor is responsible for upholding and driving the standard of practice within their respective units/practice areas as set by national and professional organizations, and the most current evidence guided practice. The Clinical Instructor is ensures that competencies for all staff are validated within their defined practice areas.
The overall goal of the Clinical Instructor role is the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that translate into practice and contribute to the safety of patients/families and provision of quality care. In addition to acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude, specialty excellence includes the evaluation and measurement of current clinical knowledge, proficiency of technical skills, application of critical thinking and performance by members of the nursing team. The Clinical Instructor leads the implementation and interpretation of these measures and methods and identifies areas for practice improvement within defined area of clinical practice.
- Demonstrates clinical expertise, integrating nursing theory and practice. Employs evidence-based practice in decision-making and patient care.
- Utilizes the nursing process for the delivery and management of patient's care across the continuum of care appropriate to the developmental age of the patient population.
- Collaborates with members of the health care team related to patient plan of care.
- Mentors the nursing staff.
- Develops and monitors systems that support advancement in nursing practice.
- Interacts with staff nurses for the purpose of assessing the care provided and the nurses' capabilities to provide care in changing circumstances.
- To provide and facilitate peer feedback in order to advance nurses, Clinical Care Technicians (CCTs) and Unit Coordinators (UCs) knowledge, skill and practice
- To ensure evidence-based standards of care are being practiced clinically
- Serves as a resource for patients, family members and nursing staff as issues arise regarding the patient's hospitalization or care experience.
- Utilizes the performance improvement process to assess the response to nursing care from patients, families and others.
- Uses clinical skills to provide ongoing assessment and evaluation of nursing care.
- Coordinates and directs patient care to ensure patients' needs are met and hospital policy is followed.
- Maintains open communication with managers whose departments provide support services to the clinical area in order to ensure the appropriate level of service at all times.
- Evaluates and communicates to CND & PDM Manager changing needs of the unit, including staffing requirements.
- Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function well under stressful situations.
- Collaborates with other members of the unit management team in developing practice guidelines, competencies and unit specific procedures.
- Staff Development under the direction of the Professional Development Director:
- Plans orientation program for employees based on current clinical practice standards and nursing research.
- Coordinates, facilitates, conducts, and evaluates orientation programs and innovative learning approaches for staff utilizing principles of adult learning theory.
- Implements all aspects of orientation program including teaching formal didactic classes as part of monthly orientation on new employees, affiliating faculty and students.
- Accountable for competence achievement of staff through planning, collaboration, coaching and mentoring.
- Validates staff competency through various learning methodologies.
- Is available for real time/ bedside demonstration and fostering just-in-time education.
- Conducts/facilitates learning/training workshops for all levels of care providers.
- Communicates and consistently supports the philosophy and goals of the unit, department and hospital.
- Supports the development of staff to serve as preceptor for new employees.
- Assists in the development and implementation plan of performance improvement activities.
- Provides advisement for data collection methods for quality indicators.
- Delegates appropriately to others in accordance with job description and competency level.
- Supports the ongoing development of staff through coaching, mentoring and role modeling.
- Collaborates with other members of leadership team in providing appropriate educational opportunities for licensed and unlicensed personnel.
- Professional Development:
- Identifies through needs assessment, continuing education opportunities that augment knowledge, skills, and attitudes of all nursing staff.
- Guides and mentors staff in career development, role transition, and succession planning.
- Participates in and provides leadership to departmental and hospital committees as requested.
- Assists in the development of practice initiatives through unit-based group activities.
- Enhances own professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, keeping current with literature, inservice meetings, and workshops.
- Networks with peers and Director of Professional Development and Quality for role development
- Networks with other hospitals, tertiary, and quaternary systems within specialty organizations
- Identifies own learning needs and goals and designs a plan to meet them
- Outcomes Management:
- In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team:
- Ensures excellence in outcomes for all quality, safety, patient experience metrics and regulatory requirements
- Participates in the identification of patient safety issues and highlights these to the Professional Development Director and Clinical Nursing Director.
- Seeks out opportunities to enhance patient outcomes in concert with the goals of the department and Medical Center.
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required and Master's degree or relevant level of clinical expertise in a health related field preferred.
- Current MA Registered Nurse license required.
- BLS and specialty certification required.
- 3 years of demonstrated clinical expertise in relevant specialty area of nursing practice.
- Excels at demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients in the relevant area of nursing practice.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES STATEMENT:
Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. New England Medical Center reserves the right to modify position duties at any time, to reflect process improvements and business necessity.
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