Clinical Nurse Educator
University Health Care System - Augusta, GA

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3+ years of experience
    • Job Summary
      • The CNE is a self-directed individual whose primary function is that of the expert practitioner, and who functions in essential educator, consultant, researcher, and leader role components.

        The CNE is responsible and accountable for the development and application of standards and research to enhance the quality of care to the patient and family populations of different age groups (e.g. the Pediatric/WBN CNE serves newborns, children, adolescents, and the parents; an Adult CNE serves adult and geriatric populations). As an advanced practitioner, the CNE is essential for managing complex patient care, ensuring cost effective nursing practice, and demonstrating effective decision making for matching demands and resources to resolve clinical, professional, and system issues.

        The Clinical Nurse Educator reports to the Director of his/her specialty area. Accountability will be measured by performance standards, goal achievement and/or quality improvement activities and will be summarized in performance evaluation and counseling.

        The provision of nursing care will be provided in an environment that embraces maximum participation by the staff nurses, the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and the ANA Practice Standards. Embraces shared governance nursing organizational principals by serving on and allowing staff to serve on nursing councils as participant or leader so that outcome, goals and objectives of nursing are achieved.

      • Demonstrates population-specific competencies (e.g. age-specific, cultural sensitivity, patient-centered communication) in performance of role.
    • Qualifications Required
      • Education:
        • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing.
          Masters in Nursing in related area.
      • Licensure/Certification:
        • Current licensure in state of Georgia.
        • BCLS required.
        • BCLS Instructor required within one year of hire.
        • Specialty Area Instructor (e.g. ACLS, NPR, PALS) as per requirement in specialty area.
        • Certification in specialty area is preferred.
      • Experience:
        • Minimum of three years of nursing experience, with one year in the area of clinical specialty.
      • Knowledge, skills, abilities:
        • Demonstrates unusually high enthusiasm, initiative, patience, and positive thinking. Possesses personal qualities and professional techniques enabling incumbent to stimulate the interest of learners, motivate them to constructive action and incorporate knowledge and skills.
        • Demonstrated competence in the 5 sub-roles of the clinical specialist: 1) Practitioner; 2) Educator; 3) Consultant; 4) Researcher; 5) Leader
        • Demonstrated ability to apply nursing theories and trends (related to the age of patient population served) appropriately in clinical setting.
        • Demonstrated ability to work under stress and deal effectively with stress.
        • Demonstrated ability to tolerate the role ambiguity that comes with filling a role which is complex, and supportive in nature.
        • Demonstrates ethical decision-making and patient advocacy.
        • Independent and self-motivated.
        • Demonstrated understanding of organizational behavior especially as it relates to the clinical specialists role.
        • Capable of providing direct patient care in a clinical setting for up to eight continuous hours.
        • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and manage complex interpersonal relationships.
        • Follows all University Hospital Policies and Patient Care Practice Guidelines.
    • Physical Demands
      • Physical abilities necessary to move about unit and organization, including on campus and off campus buildings, in order to meet patient, staff, and organization needs. Sensory abilities, communication, vision, hearing, tactile, and olfactory in order to assess patient and staff needs and meet those needs.