Under the direction of the CNO, the Director for Nursing Education and Professional Practice is a registered professional nurse who provides for the administration, direction, planning, and implementation for overall nursing education, orientation, nursing informatics, patient care procedures, clinical guidelines/references and facilitation for nursing professional development.
Collaborates with nursing leadership to develop and implement strategies for meeting education needs for patient care services (RN, CNA, Collegiate, etc.). In addition, the director serves as the liaison between the hospital and educational institutions using the facility for student education. The Director will also act as the liaison for nursing practice quality improvement.
Collaborates with the directors and nursing clinical managers to develop guiding principles, strategies and plans for education, ongoing learning and development for patient care staff.
In Collaboration with the Quality team members, leads the Joint Commission patient care standards for practice and initiates quality improvement actions in concert with the MHMC Director of Quality.
Directs and participates with Shared Governance.
Directs and participates with the Nurse Residency Program.
Identifies priorities for clinical competency, education, training based on the strategic plan.
Identifies learning needs for nursing staff members through review of data from a variety of sources and coordinates existing training programs for development of job-specific training.
Coordinates and communicates with departmental managers in planning educational seminars, workshops, nursing grand rounds and related activities.
Oversees the Manager for Nursing Informatics and collaborates with the other directors to optimize the electronic record to support nursing practice.
Serves as the liaison between Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and educational institutions using the hospital for clinical practice sites, coordinates nursing clinical experiences for undergraduates/graduates.
Oversees the clinical general orientation program for Patient Care Services.
Coordinates the approval process for nursing continuing education credits (CEU’s) for in-house programs and budget planning for nursing education.
Coordinates the training process for BLS and ACLS for patient care service staff in concert with critical care education.
Implements educational programs and processes to support clinical nursing competency.
Plans and prepares programs with the education team and clinical leadership to update materials or modules for patient care needs, program objectives and accreditation standards.
Keeps abreast of new developments in training techniques, methods and programs for possible application in nursing education programs.
Assumes responsibilities for the care and maintenance of Departmental human resources functions with staffing and scheduling, payroll and performance reviews, runs meetings as requested.
Assumes fiscal responsibility, submits budget request including but not limited to FTEs, supplies and equipment needs in collaboration with leadership.
Maintains departmental records, reports and statistics for nursing orientations.
Utilizes shared decision making, promotes accountability, and ensures employee engagement by fostering a positive work environment and strong employee relations.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Contributes to a healthy work environment by using conflict resolution skills and participating in team problem-solving efforts.
Enhances the image of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and promotes the image of nursing.
Maintains own personal professional growth and development by seeking out educational opportunities, maintaining skills, reviewing the professional literature on a regular basis and participating in professional organizations.
Maintains awareness of hospital changes by attending scheduled Patient Care Services Management meetings, Mercy Management Team Meetings and hospital town hall meetings, as well as by reading posted notices, and weekly editions of The Spirit of Mercy.
Carries out other duties as assigned.
urrent RN License in the State of Illinois required.
Masters of Science in Nursing degree required (MSN)
Doctorate in Nursing preferred.
Current or prior Clinical Instructor/educator experience preferred
Eight to ten years progressive management and/or educational experience.
Demonstrated experience working well with all levels of personnel within patient care services.
Experience in program development and evaluation required.
Adult education experience required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Able to handle multiple projects and work under time constraints
Excellent computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Excellent presentation skills
Ability to use a variety of audio-visual equipment
Ability to resolve problems in a diplomatic professional manner.
Ability to gain trust and respect of staff, management team and Physicians.
About Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
Nursing careers at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center offer remarkable advantages. Here you’ll find a mission-driven culture, where nurses deliver patient-centered care that treats the mind, body and spirit of all those we serve. What does it take to be a nurse on our team? It takes passion and the desire to exceed expectations—including your own.
We offer extensive career advancement opportunities through clinical ladders, continuing education courses and internal mobility. Our team works with advanced technology, including electronic medical records, robotics, smart IV pumps and more. We’re also proud of our strong nurse/physician relationships in every specialty area. Experience the satisfaction that comes from being part of a team that shares your values and believes in putting patients first.
Now is the perfect time to join us, as we begin our journey toward achieving Magnet™ status. Come explore our nursing careers and find the perfect place to share your passion for holistic healing.