The Health Educator, RN is responsible for the design, delivery and coordination of healthcare related education and professional development to employees of the FREE Network. Education is delivered in accordance with requirements and regulations as set forth under the varied government agencies, including but not limited to: The Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), and the Department of Health (DOH). The Health Educator, RN is also responsible for providing on-site support to deliver targeted healthcare education when the need is identified as a result of internal/external audits or to address an acute healthcare educational need that may arise. In addition, there will be a focus on quality outcomes for people we support by enhancing employee professional growth in the area of healthcare education in order to best support and address the unique integrated health needs of people that is in line with the philosophy of the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).
- Conduct healthcare related education and professional development for employees.
- Worked directly with Operations teams to identify health care training needs, design curriculum and deliver the instruction as needed at various locations.
- Ensure educational material is accurate and reflects the most current and up to date information regarding regulatory and agency requirements.
- Responsible for the coordination of related healthcare courses (ie. AMAP, Tube Feeding etc.) at varied times/days/locations to meet the needs of the employees who require those courses.
- Collaborate with the Center for Learning and Professional Development in coordinating scheduling of courses when necessary.
- Coordinate with the training team to plan schedules and training locations to accommodate the needs of the employees. This will require weekends and evening on occasion.
- Conduct healthcare needs training during new hire orientation and leadership/management training (i.e., communicable diseases, universal precautions, OSHA, Diabetes, nutrition, etc.).
- Conduct initial AMAP certification and AMAP recertification training for applicable employees as per OPWDD regulatory requirements and ensure utilization of an approved OPWDD curriculum.
- Conduct nursing in-service training in agency programs as needed including but not limited to: recognition of illness or dysfunction, disease, infestation and indicators of injury that warrant medical or nursing intervention; taking vital signs; addressing individual-specific health problems and needs (e.g. diabetic/daily foot care); administering any necessary treatment (e.g. warm soaks); performing first-aid on occasion of accidents (injury); making a diagnosis; following proper emergency procedures; writing incident reports and additional topics as needed.
- Assist in the development and implementation of written clinical policies and procedures and best practices that reflect the objectives of agency strategic goals and the mission of the agency.
- Coordinate pre-employment and two-step PPD administration for all employees as required by governing agencies.
- Responsible for coordinate all activities related to the effective implementation of the agency’s PPD program.
- Work directly with the VP of Nursing and Training team to coordinate all required health care trainings.
- Flexibility and local travel is essential.
- Current Registered Professional Nurse with a degree in Nursing. Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years nursing experience and professional experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, mental health and/or other disabilities.
- Teaching or instructional facilitation experience strongly preferred.
- Previous OPWDD Nursing experience preferred. Strong familiarity with federal, state & local regulations governing health care.
- Experience and familiarity with OPWDD, OMH, DOH and other government run entities.
- Demonstrated expertise and skill in delivering successful outcomes and results within specified timeframes.
- Strong, effective and positive communications skills both written and oral.
- Demonstrates the ability to manage and balance multiple competing priorities while adhering to and meeting deadlines.
- Ability to work independently with a strong initiative and vision for agency healthcare needs.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.