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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Clinical Educator, RN
Category: Nursing, Pediatrics
Job Requisition: 1286
Department: Nursing - Education
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – 3 Main
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a 36-bed unit providing expert nursing care for infants with a number of critical diagnoses. It is one of two Level IV NICUs in Washington, D.C., which is the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of the most commonly seen diagnoses are:
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Extreme prematurity
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Sepsis/septic shock
  • Neurological disorders
  • Genetic and/or metabolic disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Surgical needs

The NICU at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is the only NICU in the Washington, D.C., region where a Clinical Nurse can participate in high-risk deliveries, be trained as an ECMO tech, and participate in both flight and ground transports. Our NICU is the major referral center for all MedStar-affiliated facilities, as well as a number of community hospitals in the tri-state area. The NICU offers the following innovative treatments and technologies:
  • ECMO: extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Total body therapeutic hypothermia
  • Bedside patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Inhaled nitric oxide
  • High-frequency oscillator ventilation
  • High-frequency jet ventilation

The NICU nursing staff is incredibly engaged with a remarkable number of nurses participating in Shared Governance and the Clinical Advancement Program. The following committees/councils are Clinical Nurse-led and driven:
  • Parent Advisory Support Group
  • Practice Council
  • Scheduling Committee
  • Bereavement Committee
  • Developmental Care Committee

General Summary of Position:
A Clinical Educator provides educational leadership for professional nursing practice in alignment with the mission, vision, values, and goals of the Division of Nursing/MGUH and Magnet designation. Exemplifies and promotes excellence in education, practice and research through leadership and mentorship of nursing staff and through collaborative multidisciplinary relationships within the medical center, as well as throughout local, regional and national arenas. Uses adult learning principles and instructional strategies to assess, design, implement, and evaluate continuing nursing education programs that enhance and promote clinical competency and standards of care. Promotes, disseminates and integrates evidence-based practice, performance improvement and nursing research into clinical practice. Supports and facilitates certification of clinical nurses. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a positive role model/mentor/leader for nursing staff at all times. Facilitates the development of staff for both the preceptor and mentor role.
  • Assesses learning needs of the nursing staff on the assigned unit/s at least once per year.
  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates unit-based orientation and other educational programs, including specialty fellowship programs, using adult learning principles and strategies to meet the learning needs of the nursing staff to ensure competency and to advance the skills and knowledge of the nursing staff.
  • Collaborates with other nurse educators to increase efficiency and reduce duplication of resources for educational programs and purposes.
  • Actively participates in performance improvement and quality activities, projects and nursing research studies via committees, councils, task forces, and conferences.
  • Facilitates and promotes integration of evidence-based practice, research and Magnet Components.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates policies, procedures, professional nursing practice, standards, and patient standards of care for continuous improvement.
  • Advances, supports and facilitates certification of staff nurses on units.
  • Provides education consultation for staff, nursing students, nursing managers, and others within the multidisciplinary team using principles of adult learning.
  • Participates in councils, committees, task forces, and work groups at the unit, department, hospital, and corporate level. Provides leadership mentoring when appropriate.
  • Collaborates with GUSN and other schools of nursing to clarify clinical objectives and promote appropriate undergraduate and graduate learning experiences.
  • Promotes MGUH and own advanced nursing practice by membership in professional organizations, providing poster and podium presentations at conferences, and active participation in other professional/educational opportunities.

Qualifications:
  • EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an NLN-accredited school of nursing. Bachelor's degree required. Master’s degree in Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist preferred. Certification in Nursing Education or clinical area within one year of hire.
  • LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse upon hire.
  • EXPERIENCE: Five years of clinical experience, including two years in a university teaching hospital. Clinical education experience desirable.

Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.

A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.

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