Nursing Professional Development Specialist

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Jun 8, 2020


Job Description


To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

The Education Specialist is an expert in the specialty of nursing staff development responsible for program and curriculum management. Under the direction of the Director, the Education Specialist leads in the design, implementation and evaluation of educational processes which supports education and practice support within Service Lines. The ES builds programs which supports lifelong learning and facilitates the adult learning process. The ES is directly accountable for strategic program development, implementation and evaluation related to core services.



  • 1. Develops and implements learning models that increase efficiency and supports quality and safe care. Implements new and innovative uses of technology to support initial orientation. Partners with Service Line Educators and Patient Safety Nurses in planning learning strategies that allow for responsiveness to emerging changes and advances in nursing practice. Develops programs which build partnerships with affiliated schools and facilitates practice readiness. Leads in the development, implementation design of the use of simulation in nursing staff development. Develops and designs new teaching-learning methods and educational practices to provide quality educational services.
  • 2. - Actively role models ANA Standards for Nursing Professional Development. - Manages all components of core education programs. - Integrates knowledge of organizational, Nursing and educational services, philosophies, goals and priorities into core activities. - Leads in identifying needs related to curriculum and program design, content and evaluation methods. - Integrates data and information from organization and nursing quality/safety programs into core services. - Reviews and updates nursing scope of practice and integrates in program management.
  • 3. Works to create and maintain healthy work environments in educational settings. Exhibits creativity and flexibility through times of change. Demonstrates energy, excitement and a passion for quality work. Creates a culture in which innovations and risk taking is not only safe, but expected. Assumes leadership roles representing nursing professional development. Influences decision-making bodies to maintain and improve quality nursing and professional development programs. Advances the profession through writing, publishing, presenting and participating with professional interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary audiences, and participating in nursing and professional development organizations. Demonstrates responsibility for reporting to licensing, certification, accreditation and other regulatory bodies for educational program compliance. Mentors colleagues, other nurses, students and others as appropriate.
  • 4. Use multiple approaches and sources of information to identify and validate nursing service personnel's learning needs. Facilitates the process for learners to assume their responsibility for maintaining competency in practice. Identifies learning needs of nursing personnel which includes organizational and nursing goals/priorities and available resources.
  • 5. Designs tools which effectively assess needs. Develops standardized tools and practices for planning components. Implements effective models for faculty selection and contracting. Selects facilities, materials, equipment and technologies appropriates to the educational activity. Uses best practices in preparing materials and equipment.
  • 6. Formulate a budget proposal for programs. Articulate the rationale for educational costs. Use the established cost analysis model to evaluate the outcome of programs. Collaborates with SLE in monitoring costs and revenue. Design and implement cost effectiveness tools that measure educational outcomes in relation to program costs. Evaluates factors such as safety, effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis.
  • 7. Utilizes various strategies to collect data, analyze, synthesize and diagnose learning needs. Ensure learning participation in the assessment process. Partners with SLE in aggregating and identifying priorities. Develops and consults on program designs which are inclusive of all design elements. Plans implementation of strategies geared to the learning outcomes. Promotes learning with effective instructional techniques, audio/visual and use of technology. Implementation plans demonstrate cost effectiveness, practice efficiency and preferred learning methods. Educational programs are evaluated using a variety of methods. Evaluation data is used to modify programs as needed. Employs a systems framework to demonstrate accountability for improved patient care. Leverage/maximize the use of technology in providing products and services. Manages knowledge through identifying best practices in staff development ? infuses critical thinking into practice activities. Implements plan using principles and concepts of quality, project/systems management. Coordinates clinical, financial, technical, educational and other resources needed.
  • 8. Uses the best possible evidence to guide practice decisions. Creates a supportive environment for nursing research, scholarly inquiry, the generation of knowledge and the translation of research into practice. Supports research activities that align with the organizational strategic plan. Participates in research activities at various levels appropriated to the professional development specialist's education and role. Contributes to development of lifelong learning and nursing professional development practice by supporting, conducting or synthesizing research. Disseminates research findings through activities such as presentations, publications, consultation, educational programs, courses, activities and use of other media.
  • 9. Involves learner and key stakeholders in formulating desired outcomes. Develops outcomes that reflect professional role competence, learning and change. Develops context specific outcomes based on organizational, stakeholders and learner values, goals, current evidence and regulation. Revises outcomes based on changes in stakeholder expectations, trends or evidence. Uses outcomes to demonstrate programs are meeting their intended purpose and quality. Documents outcomes, including those that demonstrate learning and program impact.
  • 10. Synthesizes data, information, while incorporating theoretical frameworks when providing consultation. Facilitates the effectiveness of a consultation by involving the learner, stakeholder and other specialties in the decision-making process and negotiation of role responsibilities. Communicates consultation recommendations that influence the identified plan, facilitate understanding by stakeholders, enhance the work of others and effect change. Establishes formal and informal consultative relationships that may lead to professional development or mentorship opportunities.
  • 11. Applies the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner. Uses creativity and innovation to improve the quality of the leaning experience. Uses the most recent evidence. Assures the presence of effective mechanisms for the development, implementation and evaluation of nursing professional development. Incorporates new knowledge and skills to initiate change. Obtains or maintains professional certification. Participates in designated quality performance improvement activities. Participates in the evaluation and regulation of individuals as appropriate through privileging, credentialing or certification processes. Documents the evaluation of professional nursing development activities.
  • 12. Participates in educational activities related to appropriate knowledge bases and professional issues. Acquires knowledge and skills appropriate to the specialty area, practice setting, role and learner diversity. Seeks experiences to develop, maintain and improve competence in nursing professional development. Uses self-reflection and inquiry to identify learning needs. Uses current research findings and other evidence to expand knowledge, enhance role performance and increase knowledge of professional issues.
  • 13. Participates in systematic peer review. Seeks feedback regarding his/her own practice from learners, professional partners, peers and supervisors or other administrators as appropriate. Examines application of current standards and relevant guidelines. Demonstrates respect for diversity by considering cultural, ethnic, generational and other differences in meeting learner needs. Interacts with peers and colleagues to enhance own professional nursing practice and role performance. Evaluates performance on a regular basis, identifying areas of strength as well as areas in which professional development would be beneficial. Takes action to achieve goals identified during the professional practice evaluation process.
  • 14. Shares knowledge and skills with peers and colleagues through activities such as presentations at meetings and professional conferences. Provides peers with feedback regarding their practice and role performance. Contributes to an environment that fosters ongoing education experiences for colleagues, other healthcare professionals and learners. Contributes to a supportive, healthy and safe work environment that fosters mutual respect. Interacts with peers, student, colleagues and others to enhance professional nursing, professional development practice and role performance of self and others. Models expert practice to peers, inter-professional team members, healthcare consumers and learners.
  • 15. Communicates with health care providers and key stakeholders regarding educational programs and activities. Develops partnerships and coalitions with others to enhance health care through inter professional disciplinary activities such as education, consultations, program management and administration. Partners with other to effect change and generate positive outcomes. Engages colleagues in the planning and implementation of lifelong learning activities for individuals and groups of learners. Documents plans and communications related to collaborative endeavors.
  • 16. Utilizes high fidelity simulation as a primary methodology for experiencial based learning. Utilizes evidence based current simulation educational strategy in the simulation setting. Applies current clinical knowledge to the sim setting and readily develops relevant simulations to foster learnining, teamwork and a culture of safety. Skilled in the debriefing process and underlying theory related to simulation and emerging technology.



MSN preferred. Current Connecticut State RN Nursing licensure required. Relevant certification or demonstrated teaching / staff development experience preferred.


2-3 years of relevant program and/or teaching experience required.




Business Acumen: knowledgeable in current and possible future practices, policies, trends, technology and information affecting core services. Simulation/Technology experience preferred. Perspective: thinks globally-organization wide. Look towards broadest possible view of an issue/challenge. Strategic Agility: able to articulate credible visions of possibilities, sees ahead clearly and plans accordingly. Total Work Systems: seeks to reduce variances in department processes. Dealing with Paradox: sets strong but flexible standards/guidelines. Personal Learning: observes reactions of others in daily activities, seeks feedback, adjusts performance.


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Job Info

Job: 6915

Department: Cntr Prof Prac Excellence CPPE
Status: Per Diem Non-Benefits Eligible
Hours: .04

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