Excelon Associates is seeking an ADN Nursing Instructor for an opportunity in Houston, TX.
Faculty, Associate Degree Nursing Program Summary:
The instructor works under the direction of the Program Director. Teaches theory and practical applications using instructional methods and teaching skills in the classroom, clinical practicum, simulation and skills laboratory; tracking student attendance and progress; setting educational objectives for the students; continuing curriculum development to strengthen the curricula/courses taught; on-going mentoring students; retention; attentive to the continued needs of our students; obligated to continued self-improvement; and maintaining a satisfactory working relationship with our students, faculty, and staff. Participate in training, preparation, and continuing education in instructional methods and teaching skills.
This position also requires adherence to core values, which are the basic elements of how we go about our work. They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do. Our core values are a small set of timeless guiding principles, which we live by and include: Core Values:
Essential Duties: Classroom Instruction
- Innovation: We embrace organizational goals and drive positive change.
- Compassion: We care about our students, their future employers, and the communities that they serve.
- Accountability: We are committed to responsibly upholding and reinforcing our values.
- Respect: We are accepting and considerate of others, regardless of background, abilities, or beliefs.
- Excellence: We execute our goals with passion and purpose and strive for the highest quality in our results.
Acute Care Clinical Instruction:
- Teaches assigned number of classes using the prescribed courses of study with established texts and/or prescribed instructional materials.
- Uses additional instructional resources such as guest speakers, field trips, films, interactive media and handouts to enhance the learning process.
- Holds conferences with students on a scheduled and as needed basis.
- Maintains classroom in good physical order.
- Enters classroom at designated time with all necessary materials. Begins and ends class on time.
- Responsible and accountable for supervising students in a laboratory and/or clinical setting for respective course(s) taught.
Skills Laboratory Instruction:
- Maintains professional relationship with nursing staff at clinical facilities.
- Arranges orientation, security clearance and parking for student nurses and instructor.
- Prepares copies for student nurses of clinical objectives, nursing care plans, and clinical evaluations.
- Coordinates with charge nurse on assigned unit at facility by providing clinical schedule of dates of practicum, names of student’s assigned, current immunization and CPR documentation.
- Reports to facility before arrival of student nurses for preparation of patient assignments.
- Conference with each student nurse to determine if student is prepared to care for assigned /patient.
- Supervise, direct and evaluate all students when performing all nursing procedures to determine competence before allowing the student to perform the procedure independently.
- Initial the student’s clinical skills checklist when procedures are witnessed.
- Evaluates written nursing care plans weekly, updates notes for final clinical evaluation, and meets with students to track progress.
- Reports/records daily attendance.
- Is available by cell phone for student/school needs
- Plans pre- or post-clinical conference each clinical day to reinforce learning.
- Prepares and presents written mid-rotation (formative) and final (summative) clinical evaluation to each student during individual conference. Places final clinical evaluation in student file at school by the completion of the course.
Outside of Class Time:
- Maintain currency of skills laboratory objectives as changes occur in clinical practice and through nursing research.
- Review and order proper medical supplies for laboratory experience
- Arrive before commencement of lab to set-up workstations with medical supplies.
- Obtain and set-up audiovisual equipment.
- Provide hands-on instruction for nursing students via demonstration.
- Assess learning by evaluating competency with return demonstrations.
- Sign and date each student nurse’s skill checklist with satisfactory/unsatisfactory. If unsatisfactory, counsel and re-schedule student for future testing until skill is successfully completed.
- Manages Simulation Scenarios and evaluates student responses.
Responsibilities: Job Requirements
- Prepares lesson plans, handouts, and other curriculum-related materials.
- Develops clinical and class schedules for students in conjunction with teaching team and level.
- Designs and implements test banks, to include weekly tests and final examinations.
- Participates through Faculty Organization, in curriculum development, implementation and evaluation for courses taught.
- Participates through Faculty Organization, in development, implementation and enforcement of standards/policies for admission, progression, probation and dismissal of students.
- Counsels students regarding academic, attendance, and/or conduct problems as needed.
- Refers students to appropriate student services resources as needed.
- Writes progress reports.
- Promptly records student conferences on college forms.
- Posts and maintains office hours weekly, as required, for individual student needs outside of instructional time.
- Corrects students’ assignments and tests and returns them promptly.
- Requisitions supplies and forms, from proper source, and stores them in proper location.
- Attends formal and informal staff and faculty meetings for college and nursing program.
- Informs program director of unsatisfactory academic progress, discipline or attitude problems, and occurrences that warrant discussion.
- Calls absent students for follow-up on assignments and updates
- Works as a part of the academic team to improve student attendance, retention, and graduation rate
- Actively participates to promote student retention.
- Provides verbal and/or written feedback to students on classroom assignments, clinical and laboratory performance in a timely manner.
- Maintains a system of records, which relates to student achievement, progress and attendance.
- Uses course and instructor evaluation to facilitate students' learning.
Professional/Public Activities: (Optional)
- Current expertise and knowledge of nursing specialty area(s).
- Ability to communicate and impart knowledge to others with enthusiasm and confidence.
- Remains current with health care and nursing standards for the assigned course(s).
- Performs related work as required.
- Performs additional duties as assigned.
Activity is encouraged to exemplify the role of scholar. The instructor may participate through publication, presenting at a professional conference, activity in a professional organization, etc. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Qualifications & Experience:
- Leadership, time management, planning and teamwork skills
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Computer skills
- Knowledge, skills and abilities as they apply to nursing.
- Hold a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas
- Hold a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing
- 3 years teaching experience in a professional nursing program
- If master’s degree is in other than nursing, then hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have at least six graduate semester hours in nursing appropriate to assigned teaching responsibilities
- Show evidence of teaching abilities, prior teaching experience in a pre-licensure nursing program preferred and maintaining current knowledge, clinical expertise, and safety in subject area of teaching responsibility
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Analytical - Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.
- Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions.
- Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality.
- Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions.
- Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information. Skilled in the writing of funding agency proposals.
- Change Management - Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance.
- Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Aligns work with strategic goals.
- Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures.
- Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures.
- Strategic Thinking - Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition.
- Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
- Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance.
- Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Math Ability:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software and Internet software. Certificates and Licenses:
Certification, Registry and/or Licensure in field of instruction approved and recognized by state regulation agency and accrediting organization. Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision and Distance vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.