The Critical Care Educator functions in the role of expert clinician as an educator, consultant, facilitator, change agent, leader/researcher in Adult Critical Care areas: ICU, Telemetry and Cardio Vascular Step Down Unit. In collaboration with the medical and nursing staff, monitors the clinical care of patients and supports the development of the bedside nurse;utilizing evidence based practice, fosters empowerment through the expansion of knowledge and critical care skills. Provides clinical support to improve patient care and patient outcomes. Incorporated within each of these role functions, the critical care educator serves as a role model, patient advocate, and cost-effective practitioner. The overall scope of the critical care educator is based on autonomy of practice, in-depth theoretical nursing knowledge, clinical expertise, and research application. The primary focus of this position is the advancement of expert nursing practice.
Utilizes the nursing process (Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Evaluation) as it applies to clinical practice, education, competency validation and program development.
Assesses learner needs and incorporates adult learning principles in the planning, implementation and evaluation of education programs through multiple venues including bedside, e-learning, didactic class presentations and simulation scenarios.
Education encompasses new staff orientation as related to both theoretical knowledge and technical skills, certification preparation, regulatory and TJC guidelines/standards.
Ensures that educational programs are aligned with CHRISTUS Compass 2020, Mission, Values and Goals.
Collaborates with the PBDS Coordinator to develop and coordinate individualized action plans and reassessments as appropriate; participates in the PBDS Oversight Committee
Demonstrates ability to perform competencies as outlined in unit specific Competency Assessment Tools.
Serves as an educational consultant to task forces, committees and project teams relating to policy, procedure and new program development.
Integrates research into practice and program development.
Facilitates optimal learning experiences utilizing the expertise of a multidisciplinary team members (nurses, doctors, other specialties, etc.) to achieve excellent patient care and outcomes.
Integrates relevant research and best practice into clinical delivery processes at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Collaborates with the Education Department and service line educators.
Responds to changes in nursing practice by developing/implementing evidence based programs to reflect those changes.
Communicates across multiple disciplines to promote a safe/healthy work environment.
Actively participates in Critical Care Councils, Performance Improvement and other committees related to critical care.
Serves as a role model for education and professional nursing practice; promotes life-long learning to ensure that all staff members are instilled with the most current knowledge and skills.
Effectively leads committees, workgroups and teams to implement educational activities.
Demonstrates population-specific care as appropriate for practice area and job title.
Supports the integration of research into practice
Conducts and/or contributes to nursing research when called upon