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Position Summary: The Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Sr. develops tools, theories, skills and knowledge of NPD to improve the practice of staff. The NPD Specialist, Sr. creates processes and practices for the following performance indicators (including competencies of the NPD Specialist):
Onboarding is the fluid process of hiring, orienting, socializing, and integrating an employee to the organization with a focus on retention and growth. Orientation is one facet of the onboarding process and is comprised of an individualized program to guide the new hire towards job competency. Orientation occurs during onboarding and also when changes in roles, responsibilities, and practice settings occur
Competency management is a dynamic process designed to support ongoing assessment and evaluation of performance
NPD practitioners design educational activities to address practice gaps for identified target audiences, which may include continuing nursing education (CNE), interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) and education for non-licensed healthcare personnel.
Professional role development.
The NPD practitioner develops and mentors others in their professional role development, practice role transitions, and succession planning. Professional role development involves identification and development of strategies to facilitate a continuous process of maturation through lifelong learning.
Research/Evidence-based Practice/Quality Improvement.
Participation in research, evidence-based practice (EBP), and quality improvement (QI) activities is highly dependent on the practice environment and role preparation of the NPD practitioner. NPD practitioners must promote and integrate the science of the NPD specialty in order to continuously improve their practice along with nursing practice through the promotion of research, EBP, and QI in patient care settings.
NPD practitioners oversee collaborative partnerships to share expertise in planning and decision making to achieve the desired results. They are actively involved in academic/practice partnerships. Other examples of collaborative partnerships include, but are not limited to, IPCE, community partnerships with emergency medical services and public/community health departments to address threats to population health or disaster management, and collaboration with other organizations promoting population health.
Minimum Qualifications: 3- 5 years clinical experience with a focus on teaching and curriculum development. Pediatric experience required.
Education/Licensure/Certifications: RN prepared at the graduate level in nursing or a related field AND certified in NPD certification in another specialty does not qualify a nurse as an NPD Specialist, Sr.). Current California RN License required. Current CPR Card required.