Aug 11, 2020

RN NICU Clinical Nurse Educator

  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Description

RN NICU Clinical Nurse Educator - (2000013D)


Join the #1 NICU in the US as a Clinical Nurse Educator!

The Clinical Nurse Educator is a registered professional RN with expertise in neonatal nurse practice and at least five years of progressively responsible experience as a leader on a level IV NICU unit. This role is accountable for the development and application of Children's National standards of care in the NICU. Will serve as an educator, practitioner, consultant and change agent. The Clinical Nurse Educator will monitor the progress of our new graduate nurse hires and interpret the appropriate information necessary to develop group and individual learning plans. The Clinical Nurse Educator is a clinical expert responsible for assessing the educational needs of the new NICU nurses on an on-going basis and to serve as a resource/coach for the nursing staff, educators, APNs, management, and other healthcare providers.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a 70 bed Level IV NICU. Care is delivered to infants and families transported from approximately 40 regional community hospitals in three states. The patient ages typically range from 23 weeks gestation to 37 weeks gestation, term infants and older children with multiple disease processes. Comprehensive services include medical-surgical care for infants with conditions including but not limited to pre-maturity, genetic disorders, pulmonary disorders and cardiac disorders. The unit also provides for the inter-hospital transportation of infants as well as ECMO services.

Children’s National NICU is a regional referral center for neonatal patients requiring ECMO therapy for respiratory failure, and for neonatal patients requiring whole body cooling for treatment of birth asphyxia/hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

The Neonatal-Brain Protection Program is co-managed by a team of neonatal-neurologists in collaboration with neonatal attendings specializing in neonatal brain issues. The neonatal-neurology team consult and work with the neonatologists in the development of care and neuromonitoring protocols for infants with potential brain injury. This team works with the neuroimaging team radiology, and conducts translational research in the Fetal/Translational Program in the area of neonatal brain injury.

The neonatology division provides consultation services to the Fetal/Translational Program as needed for maternal referrals, and neonatology support for delivery room stabilization of high risk patients being delivered at Children’s National.


Minimum Education

Minimum Work Experience
5 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
related clinical nursing experience in a comparable setting (Required)
pediatrics experience (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities

Professional Practice
1. Support Shared Leadership.
2. Contribute to CNMC’s Magnet Journey .
3. Ensure nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice.
4. Accountable to participate in the Division of Nursing’s Performance Improvement process (division or unit level).
5. Participate in community Activities.

Plan of Care
1. Assess by the related overt and subtle needs of the patient; make proficient clinical assessments; supplement the database; identify continuity of care issues; anticipate problems associated with changing patient status.
3. Plan judicious, careful and deliberate goal setting designed to assist the patient and family in meeting their needs; serve as a role model for others to integrate data obtained from a range of sources in the development and revision of comprehensive interdisciplinary care plans with outcomes.
4. Implement and initiate and complete actions necessary to meet assessed needs of the patient and family; independently perform and coordinate nursing and multidisciplinary activities to execute plans of care.
6. Evaluate with a goal directed and recurrent appraisal to determine the patient and family responses; act as a role model for the evaluation of patient care by and analyze the patient and family physical and emotional responses to therapies and nursing interventions; verify with the patient and family the effects of care and make recommendations to revise the plan of care; and update the interdisciplinary plan of care as needed.

1. Utilize communication skills to assist others to modify their communication in working with patients and families.
2. Act as a role model for others by communicating responsively, respectfully , and assertively with patients, families, peers, and members of the health care team.
3. Provide constructive, sensitive and timely feedback to others concerning their performance in verbal and written form.
4. Share pertinent educational information with staff, preceptors, Staff Development Staff and Nurse Manager .

Staff Patient Education
1. Guide staff in the teaching process by ebing able to assist others to address the comprehensive learning needs of patients and families; develop teaching plans to include time frames; and act as a role model to teach patient/family based on a plan of care.
3. Accountable to deliver services in a manner that is sensitive to diversity.
4. Document the teaching process and outcomes.
5. Routinely evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching plan in meeting patient goals and make recommendations for change as needed.
6. Serve as an educational resource in the development, review or revision of patient and family education standards and materials.

Staff Education
1. Assess educational needs of the unit and prioritize unit educational needs as evidenced by the following: incorporate needs into the unit educational plan; identify ways to meet educational needs and time frames; develop an annual educational plan.
2. Coordinate and/or provide educational offerings/projects for staff based on educational plans.
3. Evaluate effectiveness of educational plan to meet unit’s educational needs and make recommendations for change.
4. Assure adult teaching – learning principles are employed for educational plans.
5. Take initiative in the review, evaluation and management of the unit’s orientation problems as evidenced by performing early evaluation of orientation program with Staff Development Specialist and Nurse Manager .
6. Accountable to deliver services in a manner that is sensitive to diversity.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-Washington

Work Locations

: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010


: Nursing


: Patient ServicesRegular / Temporary: R (Regular)Position Status: FT - Full-TimeShift: VariableWork Schedule: FT / 36hrs per week

Job Posting

: Jul 23, 2020, 11:19:43 AM