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Nursing Education & Practice Specialist - Ambulatory Services, Seattle, WA

Kaiser Permanente

Nurse Educator

Seattle, WA

May 10, 2017

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Nursing Education & Practice Specialist - Ambulatory Services

Location: Seattle, Washington;

Job ID : 170940



Position Summary

As part of the Nursing Professional Practice and Development Team, the Nursing Education & Practice Specialist / Clinical Practice Specialist, will support our Ambulatory Surgery Centers located in Bellevue and Tacoma and one Outpatient Surgery Center, located in Seattle.

Will be responsible for center education program design, development, implementation and delivery to support knowledge and skills of new and existing perioperative staff (i.e., RNs, Anesthesia and/or Surgical Technologists). Develops training to support key initiatives in quality/redesign/practice improvement/internalization of services. Accountable for orientation of new hires as well as ongoing orientation and training of perioperative staff. Supports implementation of strategies to recruit and retain perioperative staff in the surgery centers. Provides consultation and leadership to clinical teams in the orientation, training and selection of new employees. In collaboration with leadership implements strategies to achieve, monitor, and evaluate clinical and surgery center orientation programs to support delivery system workforce planning initiatives. Supports ASC/OSC Managers in achieving desired performance of clinical support staff.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develops on-site curriculum as well as other methods (e.g., virtual) and materials (e.g., checklists, audits) in support of training to assure key clinical initiatives in quality/redesign/practice improvements are integrated into practice.
  • Assures orientation programs for new perioperative staff are conducted including extended orientation for Surgical Technologists, Anesthesia Assistants and Patient Care Technicians and Nursing staff.
  • Orientation of medical personnel to the ACS/OSC
  • Design educational programs for perioperative staff with focus on infection prevention and quality improvement.
  • Using evidenced based practices, identifies opportunities for staff development, influences and gathers buy-in, initiates updates to curriculum, and acts as change agent when introducing new concepts and practices.
  • Regularly evaluates program effectiveness and makes revisions as necessary; Participates in the development, review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines; Assists in development of website content for staff.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates education programs to support knowledge and skill development of perioperative staff. Researches and utilizes internal and external resources.
  • Develops a rigorous skills and competences monitoring and evaluation program for staff assessment per regularity regiments.
  • Keeps abreast and follows standards and guidelines from accrediting and regulatory agencies (JC, WA State DOH, ARON, AAMI & ASPAN). Incorporates into courses and updates care givers on new clinical guidelines.
  • Develops tracking systems for staff certification/recertification related to licensure as well as equipment training.
  • Collaborates with leadership to implement strategies to monitor and evaluate surgery center orientation, Continuing Education (CE) and skills development programs.
  • Supports Nurse Managers in achieving desired performance of perioperative staff.
  • Provides consultation to clinical teams in the orientation, training and selection of new employees to promote recruitment and retention. Works directly with manager to assure development of strategies to integrate new staff members into the healthcare team.
  • May provide supervision to other members of a nursing operational educational and development team; may participate in committees as appropriate.



Minimum: Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited school


Minimum: 3 years prior clinical experience in acute and/or non-acute care environment. Prior experience developing curriculum and nursing educational programs.

Preferred: 3-+ years of perioperative nursing experience and perioperative education experience focused on curriculum and staff development

Knowledge & Skills

Minimum: Advanced clinical expertise in team and program development; verbal and written communication; clinical practice in non-acute nursing; teaching; group facilitation; program evaluation; individual and group skills assessment; adult learning theory and practice required computer skills. Preferred: Clinical expertise in team and program development; verbal and written communication; clinical practice in perioperative setting; teaching; group facilitation; program evaluation; project management; individual and group skills assessment; adult learning theory and practice required; computer skills and familiarity with leveraging technology for enhanced adult learning; ability to lead through influence

Licensure, Certifications

Minimum: At time of hire, valid Washington State RN license.

Preferred: CNOR, ACLS, PALs, ASPAN; Active WA State Driver’s license

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

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