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Education Specialist - Nursing Education - Full Time/Days in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 3/19/2019

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Job Description

Job Objective:

The Education Specialist is a specialized nursing practice that facilitates the professional development of nursing staff and other nursing team members.  The Education Specialist is responsible for program coordination, skills and knowledge assessment and implementation of evidence-based practice and development and coordination of quality improvement initiatives.  The Education Specialist practices in accordance with American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development and Scope and Standards of his/her professional specialty. 

Major functions include:

  • Integrates advanced clinical concepts and knowledge relevant to leadership, teaching, consultation and research to effect improvements in staff orientation and retention, in addition to effecting improvements in patient care and nursing practice.
  • Serves as a clinical consultant and liaison to or between hospital supervisors, patient care associates, families, community members and schools of nursing.
  • Provides direct patient care as necessary for educational purposes and in emergency situations. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A.  Collects data and information related to educational needs and other pertinent situations.
Collects data from multiple sources in order to define potential issues, problems, and needs. 

  1. Uses analytical models and assessment tools that facilitate problem solving.
  2. Uses current technologies to facilitate comprehensive assessment of individual and organizational needs.
  3. Prioritizes teaching skills and knowledge development needs.  Works collaboratively with unit leaders and colleagues to formulate and implement a coordinated development plan.
  4. Evaluates learning needs of nursing staff based on changes of process, workflow, equipment, and hospital policy using evidence based practice.
  5. Utilizes appropriate metrics to demonstrate improvement in patient care based on clinical indicators, statistical data collections, core measures, risk management data, patient and staff surveys and any other valid peer-reviewed resources.

B.  Implements strategies and techniques to achieve positive learning and practice environments.

  1. Improves staff skills and knowledge using an effective collaborative model for staff education.
  2. Improves staff job satisfaction and retention via efficient collaborative teaching modalities, clinical preceptorship and mentoring programs.
  3. Participates in actual teaching and training of nursing staff as part of the collaborative team to maintain and enhance staff skills and knowledge within the entire institution.
  4. Incorporates concepts for high-reliability in skills and knowledge development.  Incorporates teaching methodologies that promote patient safety and evidence-based practice.  
  5. Works collaboratively with unit leaders and colleagues to evaluate need to modify staff skills and knowledge assessment practices on an ongoing basis. 

C.  Integrates teaching, consultation, leadership and research to influence plans, enhance the abilities of others and effect change.

  1. Provides consultation recommendations that influence the identified plan.  Incorporates relevant stakeholders in planning and implementation for required change.
  2. Establishes formal and informal consultative relationships to enhance professional development and provide mentorship to other department members.
  3. Develops and implements recommendations and strategies to address complex problems.
  4. Selects and implements valid and reliable instruments and metrics to measure processes and outcomes.
  5. Revises program and teaching methods based on evaluation of data and disseminates evaluation results to appropriate supervisors. 

D.  Develops and maintains personal skills, knowledge, and competency as necessary to utilize, train, and support users in electronic health records, documentation systems, and other patient care or support technologies in use by clinical staff of assigned area.

  1. Participates in advanced training offerings to develop skills as a subject matter expert (SME) in systems and processes for clinical documentation.
  2. Participates in discussions and planning prior to changes in workflow or process.
  3. Participates in provision of new hire, orientation, renewal, and enhancement training to employees related to systems, forms, and downtime procedures.
  4. Periodically reviews and re-instructs staff as necessary in agreed-upon documentation standards respective to their units. 

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Copying, faxing. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 


  • Knowledge with mathematical concepts and the application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Knowledge and ability to practice as defined by California Nurse Practice Act, Scope and Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics in coordination with hospital policy and procedure.
  • Knowledge of Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development.
  • Knowledge of Nursing Sensitive Indicators and demonstrated knowledge regarding special needs and behaviors of age specific groups.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal and regulatory aspects of care, knowledge of legal documents pertinent to unit/area of care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Patient Rights. 


  • Skilled in transferring concepts into practical application.
  • Skilled in reading, analyzing and interpreting common scientific and technical journals and understanding regulatory requirements.
  • Skilled in the nursing process and effective decision making when establishing plan of care.
  • Time management skills in providing excellent patient care.
  • Skilled in the safe and effective usage of all equipment necessary to provide patient care.
  • Skilled in current nursing practices and procedures and the development of a plan of care that support positive outcomes.
  • Excellent problem-solving, time management and organizational skills.
  • Skills to prepare complete, clear reports and recommendations after appropriate analyses of relevant and reliable information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Ability to provide and coordinate educational programs.
  • Ability to plan and oversee orientation program for new employees.
  • Ability to assess clinical skills of employees.
  • Ability to develop written documents such as orientation check lists, policies and procedures, and clinical competency tools.
  • Ability to instruct employees in care and operation of equipment pertinent to clinical area.
  • Ability to define problems by collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to give and support the highest level of customer satisfaction at all times by providing a high degree of interaction with patient's and family members utilizing compassion and fostering effective communication.
  • Ability to display a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Ability to communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with coworkers, managers, and all other hospital staff.
  • Ability to follow direction and accept and utilize constructive criticism.
  • Ability to prioritize and maintain organization of work flow.
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure, stress, emotional, and physical conditions while meeting time parameters. 

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication 


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust 

Education and Experience:


  • Required:  Graduate of a school of nursing and enrolled in a BSN (or higher) program. Bachelors of Science in nursing or higher level education preferred. 


  • Required:  Minimum of three (3) years continuous recent clinical experience. Two (2) of the three (3) years of experience will be required in the particular specialty area in which the Education Specialists will be assigned, i.e. NICU, Pediatrics, Labor & Delivery, Couplet Care, Critical Care, Progressive Care, Tele-Oncology, Tele-Neuro, Med-Surg Ortho, Med-Surg, Perioperative/GI/Out Patient Treatment Center, Emergency Department, Tele-Cardiac, Medical Observation Unit, Mental Health.  Obtains and maintains relevant professional certification(s) for specialty area.
  • Desired: Five (5) years clinical experience with experience as a preceptor/mentor for nursing students or orientees. Adult teaching experience.  Knowledge base of quality indicators and metrics designed to evaluate and improve outcomes. 

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Current California Registered Nursing license
  • BCLS required
  • Unit specific specialty certification preferred 

Key Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

(Key Physical Requirements)

A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer.



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