The Nursing Professional Development Consultant is a registered nurse with expertise in nursing education who influences professional role competence and professional growth of nurses in a variety of settings. The NPD Consultant supports lifelong learners in an environment that facilitates continuous learning for nurses and other healthcare personnel. The NPD Consultant fosters an appropriate climate for learning and facilitates the adult learning process. The NPD Consultant supports nursing leadership in the provision of quality patient care by ensuring the clinical competence of nursing staff.
- Professional Development: Follows an organized process to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate professional development programs for staff members that meet the organizations strategies and goals. Conducts educational needs assessments; documents and reports findings. Develops and delivers high quality, cost effective educational programs with content that is evidence based, follows standards of care and standards of practice, and is in alignment with our policies and procedures. Develops materials, education processes, and programs that are based on adult learning principles and take into account the novice-to-expert framework for skill development and knowledge acquisition. Demonstrates the ability to implement instructional design skills (methodology selected is appropriate for topic, etc) and assists others in instructional design. Evaluates professional development programs by monitoring goal/objective attainment, stakeholder satisfaction and cost effectiveness. Uses evaluation results to help assess and plan for future programs and services.
- Program Management: Partners with nursing leadership to develop an evidence-based orientation, training, and competency assessment program for new hired, transferring, and incumbent employees. Refers to regulatory standards, scope and standards of practice, job description, our policies and procedures, and professional organization recommendations to select content for competency assessment. Selects appropriate validation methods to evaluate competence. Works in partnership with nursing leadership to develop and implement annual competency assessment program. Analyzes data to determine deficits in the competence of individuals or groups. Identifies high risk, problem prone, changed or new equipment/processes that need to be addressed. Nursing management is responsible for determining staff competence; the NPD Consultant provides feedback on competency evaluation to the individual and nursing leader.
- Leader/Change Agent: Understands healthcare issues and systematically analyzes change initiatives. Differentiates between performance/systems issues versus development needs. Understands leadership vision and communicates it clearly with others. Demonstrates leadership on a professional level, maintaining appropriate competencies and involvement in activities at community, state, and national levels. Maintains knowledge of change management theories, principles, and processes. Maintains a knowledge base of the Joint Commission, OSHA and other regulatory standards.
- Consultant: Serves as a resource to individuals and groups to identify issue and possible internal and external resources. Participates in review of research and/or evidence based practices. Incorporates research and/or evidence based learning into educational activities and practice.
- Mentor: Models professionalism and integrity. Mentors peers and colleagues. Acts as a role model for ongoing professional development. Maintains clinical expertise through self-evaluation, peer review, and continuing education. Pursues certification in Nursing Professional Development and clinical specialty practice.
- Performs other duties as requested.
- Minimum two (2) years of education experience.
- Minimum three (3) years of clinical experience in specialty.
- Bachelors degree in nursing.
License, Certification, Registration
- Registered Nurse License (in the state where care is provided)
- Basic Life Support within 1 months of hire
- Knowledge of current regulations and requirements (TJC, OSHA, OSBN)
- Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.
- Demonstrated skills in didactic presentation.
- Demonstrated time management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability with conflict resolution.
- Minimum three (3) years of leadership/management experience.
- Minimum five (5) years of education experience.
- Minimum five (5) years of clinical experience in acute care setting.
- Certification in specialty practice (Nursing Professional Development and/or clinical specialty).
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Masters in nursing with focus on clinical specialty.