Dec 02, 2021

Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Specialist / Emergency Department

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • United States

Job Description

Job Description

Ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) provides the best care in California.

Here world-class experts in medicine, education and research work together to deliver family-centered care half a million times each year. From primary to complex critical care, more than 350 programs and services are offered, each one specially designed for children.

The CHLA of the future is brighter than can be imagined. Investments in technology, research and innovation will create care that is personal, convenient and empowering. Our scientists will work with clinical experts to take laboratory discoveries and create treatments that are a perfect match for every patient. And together, CHLA team members will turn health care into health transformation.

Join a hospital where the work you do will matter—to you, to your colleagues, and above all, to our patients and families. The work will be challenging, but always rewarding.

It’s Work That Matters.


Position Summary: The NPD Specialist uses tools, theories, skills and knowledge of NPD to improve the practice of staff. The NPD Specialist is responsible for the following performance indicators:

Orientation/onboarding: 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: Competency management is a dynamic process designed to support ongoing assessment and evaluation of performance.

Education. 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 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.

Collaborative partnerships: NPD practitioners collaborate with partners to share expertise in planning and decision making to achieve the desired results. They are frequently 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/Work Experience: 3 years clinical experience with a focus on teaching and curriculum development. Emergency department nursing experience required. Pediatric experience preferred.

Education/Licensure/Certification: Bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse without NPD certification OR a graduate prepared nurse without NPD certification. Current California RN license and AHA CPR/BLS card required.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a leader in pediatric and adolescent health both here and across the globe. As a premier Magnet teaching hospital, you’ll find an environment that’s alive with learning, rooted in care and compassion, and home to thought leadership and unwavering support. CHLA is dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures – for our patients, as well as for you and your career!

CHLA has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, our work matters. And so do each and every one of our valued team members. Your race and ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation and ability make you uniquely you – and that is just who we are looking for! So, bring the best of yourself and contribute to our mission in your own unique way.

Diversity inspires innovation. Our experiences, perspectives and backgrounds allow us to better serve our patients. As an equal opportunity employer, we celebrate the differences of our team members.