• RN Clinical Educator

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  • Overview

    Make the most of every moment –it’s the heart of our philosophy and mission at Capital Caring, a leader in hospice and palliative care in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. We live our mission of simply improving the care of people facing life-limiting illness every day and are seeking a dedicated, RN Clinical Educator to join us in our Merrifield Neighborhood!


    Our Core Values include:

    • Complete Customer Satisfaction
    • Culture of Trust
    • Leadership to Grow
    • We are all Learners and Teachers
    • Live within the Model

    Employment with Capital Caring comes with great benefits - with flexibility to choose the health and welfare plans to best meet your needs.

    • Competitive salary
    • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance & Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • 403(b) plan with a generous match
    • Education Assistance/Tuition Reimbursement
    • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave


    Essential Duties & Responsibilities - Within the philosophy, objectives and policies of Capital Caring, carries out the following essential functions:

    Quality Provision of Services:   

    1. Utilizes knowledge of the educational process to assure that quality education based on adult principles of learning is developed and implemented.
    1. Assist with development and coordination of Nursing Programs
      1. Utilizes previous program evaluations and requirements of accrediting agencies to plan appropriate programs for all levels of nursing personnel.
      2. Supervises learners in classroom experience, as well as in their earlier clinical orientation days.
    2. Establishes appropriate and realistic goals for professional growth based upon an assessment of own strengths and weaknesses.
    3. Conducts educational programs based on both formal and informal needs assessments of target audience.
    4. Conducts programs that incorporate adult/teaching/learning principles.
    5. Utilizes a lesson plan based upon measurable behavioral objectives, teaches class in an organized manner and within the announced time limit, and utilizes appropriate instructional material to supplement the learning activity.
    6. Utilizes recognized evaluation methodologies appropriate to the learning activity, i.e. (pre and posttest, objective and valid written program evaluations, and return demonstrations)
    1. Coordinates with senior nurse educator and clinical managers to facilitate nurse preceptor program for home care, inpatient unit, and other settings requested.
    2. Provides consultative support during home visits and at inpatient unit.
    3. Makes nursing assessments, judgments and treatment decisions based on patient/family/caregiver needs and wishes and in accordance with professional skills.
    4. Provides quality nursing care to patients with terminal illness by initiating and maintaining the nursing process.
    5. Provides patient and family education to maintain quality care, to decrease patient and family anxiety, to facilitate the patient living until death and to assure both the patient and the family have the skills to care for the patient.
    6. Functions as an educational expert in the development and implementation of educational programs for specifically assigned, reoccurring programs.
    7. Has primary responsibility for the application of the educational process (i.e., assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs) to meet identified staff learning needs that occur in the areas of orientation, competencies, multi-skill worker training, and the introduction of new policies, procedures, or equipment.
    8. This position requires the knowledge and skills of professional nursing theory and practice; the principles of adult teaching/learning and the educational process; and effective interpersonal relationship skills. Knowledge and acceptance of the philosophy, objectives, mission, values, and policies of Capital Caring are essential.
    9. Will be able to provide direct and indirect care for the patients and families by holding a reduced case load.

    Organizational Compliance:

    1. Maintains license requirements and meets competencies.
    2. Actively pursues personal and professional development by selectively participating in

    the following activities:

    1. Participates in clinical practice for purpose of maintaining clinical expertise to
    2. enhance teaching abilities.
    3. Participates in professional organizations.
    4. Conducts educational offerings in the community per request of outside
    5. groups/agencies.
    1. Remains knowledgeable of standards and activities of national and local nursing professional organizations related to Staff Development and Continuing Education.
    2. Works in accordance with public health nursing standards, practices and policies.
    3. Documents in appropriate electronic chart and forms in an accurate and timely manner to provide a written record of assessments, plan of care and to assure the availability of information to team members.
    4. Participates in the Compliance and Performance Improvement.



    1. Provide leadership in the orientation process and assist with preceptor development.
    2. Consults with others in areas of educational and clinical expertise.
    3. Uses formal and informal feedback as well as practice standards, policies, Quality Improvement data, and goals to revise content of educational activities.
    1. Works with other clinical educators and specialists to plan educational programming consistent with clinical outcomes and the patient care delivery model utilizing the philosophy and objectives of Capital Caring as a framework for the purpose of Practice Improvement and Excellence.
    2. Plans educational activities with other members of CORE in order to minimize overall programming conflicts and maximize opportunities for staff and avoid redundancy.
    3. Provides, arranges for, teaches and supervises nursing care of Hospice home health patients/families, in a collaborative relationship, with other members of the interdisciplinary team.
    4. Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team to develop and implement a patient directed individualized plan of care and to assure the availability of information to team members.

    Financial Stewardship:

    1. Creatively designs educational programs which are cost-effective and result in

    practice changes.

    1. Selects appropriate facilities, supplies, and equipment for educational programs.


    The above statements are intended to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description.


    Experience Requirements

    The RN Clinical Educator must have at least 3 years of clinical experience and prior teaching experience. Hospice care experience is strongly preferred. 

    Education Requirements:

    The RN Clinical Educator must have at least a BSN. A Master’s degree in Nursing is strongly preferred.

    Required Certificates and/or Licenses:


    The RN Clinical Educator must have licensure from the governing body for nursing practice for the District of Columbia, State of Maryland, and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. The ability to obtain a CHPN within one year of employment is preferred.

    Overall Skills:


    The ability to demonstrate superlative oral and written communication skills as well as ability to organize and manage projects within defined timeframe and budget; work both independently and as part of a team; demonstrate excellent interpersonal and collaborative; demonstrate organizational skills with ability to delegate and follow up; manage multiple tasks and stressful situations with a positive attitude; demonstrate a strong work ethic and attention to detail.


    Physical/Mental/Emotional Skills:


    The ability to demonstrate personal maturity, emotional stability, and physical energy appropriate to Capital Caring’s needs in order to handle the stress of working with dying patients, grieving survivors, and other team members who may also be under stress.  The ability to see, hear, grasp, lift, speak, sit and walk or otherwise perform essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations; Work in a fast paced and quickly changing environment; Work under pressure and deadlines; Effectively recognize and appreciate the diversity in the workplace.


    Technological Skills:

    The ability to demonstrate proficiency in the patient health information system, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and internet browsers.

    Reasoning Ability:


    The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form and deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


    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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; taste or smell and push, pull, lift/carry 35 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to drive distances including freeways and mountains when necessary.


    Work Environment:

    The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee would normally encounter while performing the essential functions of this job in an office.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Works in business office with computers, printers, copy/fax machines and telephones.  The noise level in the work environment is usually light to moderate. The environmental conditions are that of what is to be expected in a temperature-controlled building.  Occasionally required to drive to alternate work locations.


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