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Registered Nurse Clinical Nurse I Preceptor - Pediatrics - Full Time/Nights in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 4/19/2019

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    Lancaster, CA
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Job Description

Job Objective:

In addition to the objectives outlined in the AVH Registered Nurse (RN) job description, the Clinical Nurse I/Preceptor is responsible for unit orientation/unit-based program development, precepting, and mentoring for clinical growth. Additionally, the Clinical Nurse I/Preceptor is expected to provide ongoing support, direction, and education to staff within the unit and organization as needed. The role of the preceptor includes demonstration of exemplary nursing care, accountability and ownership of the nursing decision making process, both when providing orientation or education and when delivering patient care. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collaborates with Education Specialist and Unit Manager/Director in planning and structuring orientation program to meet the individual preceptee’s needs.
  2. Collaborates with Charge Nurses and Education Specialist regarding daily assignments for preceptees based on learning needs, orientation goals and objectives; effectively seeks out new and relevant learning experiences for the preceptee during each orientation shift.
  3. Performs on-going assessment and regular formal evaluation of nursing staff during orientation period; documents all observations.
  4. Meets with Preceptee(s) on a regular basis to provide constructive feedback. Meets with Managers/Directors/Education Specialists on a regular basis to discuss progress of Preceptee and submit recommendations (e.g., duration of individual orientation).
  5. Coaches team members to improve communication and build a positive team environment.
  6. Serves as mentor to new clinical hires.
  7. Assists Education Specialist in planning, presenting, evaluating, and revising the staff development activities and nursing policies and procedures.
  8. Maintains the highest standards of professional conduct in relation to information that is confidential in nature. Shares information only when recipient’s right to access is clearly established and sharing of such information is in the best interest of the patient or organization.
  9. Understands the unit’s quality improvement efforts and actively monitors indicators and provides input to the team.
  10. Provides solutions to problems and models positive problem-solving skills.
  11. Uses opportunities in practice to exchange knowledge, skills, and clinical observations with colleagues.
  12. Fosters growth and critical thinking skills in all nursing staff.
  13. Participants in hospital wide education programs to improve staff competency, including annual skills review, system upgrades, and new equipment in-services.
  1. Provides both formal and informal education to other clinical staff members; participates in teaching/training of healthcare staff as assigned and acts as a resource to other healthcare personnel.
  2. Conducts a minimum of two skills labs per year.
  3. Is trained and serves as a Super-User in units utilizing Electronic Medical Records.
  1. On-going self-evaluation, literature review, and continuing education to improve competency and incorporate new evidence-based practice. Acts as a role model by continually demonstrating professional practice standards.
  2. Demonstrates adherence to ethical standards, evidence-based practice, nursing scope of practice, and Antelope Valley Hospital policies and procedures.
  3. Participates in monthly shared governance meetings (Unit-based practice council, Clinical Practice Council). 

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Copying, faxing. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Possesses all the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities of the Registered Nurse (RN).
  2. Sound and broad knowledge in professional nursing issues.
  3. Sound specific knowledge and competence in the clinical specialty.
  4. Demonstrated:
    1. Advanced level of clinical and problem-solving skills.
    2. Ability to plan and coordinate the clinical management of care.
    3. Ability to model excellent time management skills.
    4. Ability to work within a collegiate/team structure.
    5. Awareness of and involvement in the quality assurance process.
    6. Contribution to professional practice of the unit.
  5. Interpersonal, education and clinical skills necessary to effectively teach nursing personnel.
  6. Effective verbal and written communication skills to clearly express ideas and techniques.
  7. Analytical, problem-solving and decision-making abilities to effectively evaluate and make recommendations concerning the progress of preceptees.
  8. Ability to assess new employees’ learning style and plan orientation experiences that foster critical thinking, active decision making, and supports growth and independence.
  9. Ability to develop and monitor orientation objectives/goals, monitor and evaluate progress toward meeting objectives/goals, and modify as necessary.
  10. Ability to provide clear and constructive feedback to both new hires during orientation and to all colleagues on the unit.
  11. Ability to assess knowledge base, apply adult learning skills to assess data and provide both written and verbal progress to employee and management defined by AVH Policy, Nursing Code of Ethics, California Nurse Practice Act and ANA Standard and Scope of Practice. 

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


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication 


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust 

Education and Experience:



  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Successful completion of Preceptor Academy Program within six (6) months. 


  • BSN or MSN preferred.  


  • Two (2) years of experience in the specialty area required.
  • One (1) year experience with Antelope Valley Hospital. 

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:


  • Meets all required licensure and/or certifications of the Registered Nurse.
  • Nationally recognized certification in specialty area required (must obtain within 6 months of hire).
  • Compliance with unit-based competency requirements is essential. 

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Work often performed under stressful, emotional, and physical conditions.
  • Requires frequent walking, standing, bending, twisting and reaching, and must be able to speak, see, determine color variances, and hear.
  • Ability to frequently lift, push and pull up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to occasionally assist, as part of team, in lifting, pushing and/or pulling patients for the transfer of care, requiring exertion of up to and over 50 lbs.  
  • Must be able to operate technical equipment used in specifically area safely and in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations, hospital policy and procedures.

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 fasted 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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