4 Education Jobs You Can Find in Hospitals

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Many nurse educators say a desire to escape the hospital setting after years as an RN helped stimulate their interest in teaching. However, hospitals can be a rewarding setting for nurse educators.

Nurse educators get the opportunity to combine their enthusiasm for teaching with their clinical expertise. Those working in a hospital setting are responsible for educating today’s and tomorrow’s nurses. Nurse educators are role models providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Nurse educators who practice in hospitals need to anticipate changes so they can design programs to prepare nurses to meet challenges they will encounter. Some of their responsibilities include planning educational programs for staff with varying levels of expertise, developing and managing budgets, and negotiating for resources and support in a competitive environment where education is not a priority.

Here are four hospital roles available to nurse educators.

Adult nurse practitioner

The adult nurse practitioner has many areas of responsibility that are educational, clinical and research-oriented, and may work collaboratively or independently. Practice components include physical assessment, interviewing, diagnosis, treatment-planning, teaching, collaborating, consulting, evaluation, research and emergency management.

Qualifications

A nursing master’s degree is required, and a minimum of five years of acute care experience is preferred. Areas of expertise should include physical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of adult geriatric populations. Candidates must be able to handle stress, stay flexible, communicate effectively and show leadership.

The adult nurse practitioner is a role model for clinical excellence and best professional practices. In the educator role, the NP consults with nursing staff on an individual basis to identify educational needs. The NP also is a preceptor for nursing students and assists with program planning to meet patient and family requirements.

Educator responsibilities

  • Provides individual consultation conferences with nursing staff and management to identify specific learning needs and methods/resources to meet these needs
  • Acts as a preceptor for graduate nursing students
  • Assists with planning and delivery of programs to meet patient and family needs
  • Supports, participates in and contributes to educational programs for staff at the unit, departmental and interdepartmental levels
  • Facilitates networking with health care resources in the community
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current trends in health care and implication for nursing practice
  • Addresses ethical issues in patient care and nursing practice

Teaching hospital faculty developer

Education is a major mission at every teaching hospital in the United States. They have nursing faculty who develop and offer educational programs to improve staff teaching skills. Continued, and proven, progress in staff educational activities is likely to increase institutional commitment and provide improved resources for faculty developer instructors and funding. Providing clinical teachers with the necessary teaching skills and a continuous improvement process is essential.

Nursing unit-based educators

Unit-based educators (UBEs) are instructors responsible for facilitating evidence-based research in specialized nursing areas. They incorporate nursing processes into a care plan for a specialized group of patients. They ensure compliance with hospital procedures and guidelines. Patient education assignments may include geriatric, adult, adolescent, pediatric, infant or pediatric age groups.

UBEs provide educational leadership and collaborate with specialty RNs and unit directors, clinical nurse specialists and clinical educators, to plan and implement relevant curricula.

In addition, the UBEs focus on improving patient safety by evaluating policies and procedures related to national standards, identifying and correcting environmental conditions that may endanger patient health, by reporting potential or actual patient safety concerns, and encouraging patients to actively participate in their own care.

Nurse educator for pediatric oncology

A nurse educator is a nurse with previous educational experience whose focus is on staff development and nursing education. Working across areas, the nurse educator functions as a role model, patient advocate and consultant. Working as a team with nursing leaders, the nurse educator designs, constructs, implements and evaluates a variety of educational plans to improve nursing care and patient health, especially for children who have cancer.

The nurse educator improves professional nursing practices by developing and mentoring new oncology nurses to become superior clinicians and leaders and trains them how to educate the public on ways to prevent childhood cancer, including advocating screenings to high-risk groups.

edited by Colin Seymour

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