DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: The Clinical Practice & Professional Development (CPPD) Department is a system service department that provides clinical practice support and professional development opportunities to nursing and allied health caregivers at St. Charles Health System. CPPD also provides professional development opportunities to caregivers employed in non-clinical positions at St. Charles Health System and the Central Oregon/Pacific Northwest Communities. Specifically, CPPD delivers services through the following educational/practice service lines: Onboarding/Orientation, Competency Management, Continuing Education, Professional Role Development, Collaborative Partnerships and the American Heart Association St. Charles Health System Training Center.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Clinical Professional Development (CPPD) Specialist promotes nursing and allied health professional development and clinical practice scope guidance and competency through a matrix of roles including: learning facilitator, change agent, mentor, leader, champion for scientific inquiry, educator, advocate, consultant and researcher to support the organization in the protection of the public, provision of quality care and creation of a healthy work environment. The CPPD Specialist engages in the following standards of professional practice in order to succeed in the above roles as described: assessment of practice/knowledge gaps, identification of learning needs, outcomes identification, planning, implementation and evaluation. The Clinical Professional Development Specialist manages complex educational and practice programs/projects that require strong program management skills, including effective facilitation of cross-functional teams and strong vertical and horizontal leadership relationship development skills, to drive improvements in clinical and professional role performance, patient care quality, cost and satisfaction outcomes among patients, families, and health care providers. The CPPD Specialist utilizes evidence-based practices and research to develop timely learning and professional growth opportunities for clinical caregivers. The CPPD Specialist collaborates with the clinical and administrative leadership teams, as well as, Compliance, Legal and Human Resource teams and staff to identify areas of need as it relates to clinical practice and professional development. The CPPD Specialist serves as a role model of professional practice and behavior and is instrumental in creating a professional practice climate within the organization to meet the needs of the health care system mission, vision and values. This position does not directly manage other caregivers, however may be asked to review and provide feedback on the work of other caregivers.
Within the role matrix as outlined in position overview, the following are essential functions as it relates to the roles of educator, leader, consultant, learning facilitator, change agent within the CPPD Specialist duties:
Educator: Conducts systematic and ongoing learning needs assessments of individuals and/or groups using a variety of techniques and sources. Identifies educational objectives based on assessment data, quality improvement and regulatory/accrediting bodies’ requirements. Develops educational programs for nurses and allied health caregivers at all stages of their career development that are culturally sensitive, age appropriate, and family centered after a complete review, validation and prioritization of needs and within available budget, staff and other resources. Plans, prepares and maintains materials for use in educational programs for accuracy and relevance to the target audience. Teaches content as needed and/or assigned within clinical expertise in formal and informal settings with a focus upon improvement of skills and retention of knowledge using appropriate strategies, technologies and adult learning principles. Ensures that educational activities are implemented in a professional and timely manner, adjusts content and teaching strategies appropriate to learner needs, and documents teaching/learning process and outcomes in accordance with standards. Conducts evaluations of assigned educational programs to determine if the purpose and objectives have been achieved and to identify areas for improvement in course design, content, and delivery. Evaluates the impact of educational programs on improving patient care, quality, cost and satisfaction.
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in all respects.
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the organization’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the organization, as required or assigned.
Required: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university
Preferred: Masters of Science in Nursing preferred from an accredited college or university; Degree or Certificate in Nursing Education
Required: Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Oregon by the OR State Board of Nursing
Required: Minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible acute care nursing experience.
Minimum of 2 years as a Nurse Educator at unit or hospital system level.
Experience with various teaching methodologies, accrediting bodies for nursing excellence (ANCC), shared governance, clinical professional advancement systems.
Preferred: Program management experience.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.