The Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator will develop, implement, and facilitate education programs related to gerontology at all VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) locations, including Seattle and American Lake campuses and all Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), with focus on learning needs of nursing staff at the Community Living Centers (CLC). The Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator will be responsible for the assessment of learning gaps and development of key curriculum and education/ training of clinical staff working with the geriatric population. This role will also serve as the primary program coordinator for the nursing assistant orientation program designed to enhance competency, job satisfaction and retention of nursing assistants. The Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator will provide tracking/monitoring of key clinical indicators such as CAUTI/Falls & medication administration serving as a content expert in the continuous training and education for clinical staff within the CLC at both campuses The Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator also functions as an educator and consultant for patient safety quality improvement activities to ensure that patient care needs are provided in a safe environment and in a timely manner. The incumbent is responsible for development of instructional design and curricula, implementing and evaluating educational programs/activities based on assessed learning needs of clinical staff and utilizing innovative teaching strategies. The incumbent develops and coordinates facility-wide educational activities. He/she will review current nursing literature for new trends and changes based on evidenced based research. The Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator is responsible to collaborate intra professionally and serve on committees to stay current and advocate for the educational needs for staff and support the strategic planning process for the attainment of organizational goals. The Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator will also be responsible for developing educational curricula and providing training that increases nurse practice knowledge, skills and to address the full range of needs related to the aging adult and patient safety. The incumbent will prioritize education, training and learning resources according to requirements for skills competencies, gerontological nurse certification, Joint Commission and CARF standards. It is also essential the Geriatric Clinical Nurse Educator develops, implements, maintains, and performs continuous education/evaluation of the hospital's response to emergencies such as COVID-19. He/she has the responsibility including the critical just in time education/training including adherence to procedures such as PPE donning/doffing, handwashing and coordination of staffing to ensure safety of staff and patients. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in teaching and adult learning theory as well as a clinical knowledge of the geriatric population. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-4:30pm, with some Saturdays as needed to offer education for 24/7 health care system Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Incentives: Not authorized PCS Relocation: Not authorized Benefits: Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.
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