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RN Clinical Educator

Company: StCharles
Location: Great Falls
Posted on: October 3, 2021

Job Description:

Typical pay range: $42.43 - $65.56
St. Charles Medical Group



TITLE:                                      Clinical Educator – St. Charles Medical Group (SCMG)

REPORTS TO POSITION:         Director of Nursing Administration

DEPARTMENT:                         SCMG Administration

DATE LAST REVIEWED:          August 2021

OUR VISION:                            Creating America’s healthiest community, together

OUR MISSION:                         In the spirit of love and compassion, better health, better care, better value

OUR VALUES:                          Accountability, Caring and Teamwork

DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: St. Charles Medical Group (SCMG) is a network of approximately 370 providers that cover a range of primary care and more than 30 specialties in 48 locations. SCMG Clinical education is provided to effect practice competencies while increasing the confidence and comfort level of clinical care staff providing the opportunity for the application of information and skills to enhance critical thinking and clinical judgement leading to improved patient care and safety.

POSITION OVERVIEW:  The SCMG Clinical Educator promotes nursing and allied health professional development, with a focus on clinical practice scope and competency. This position conducts training needs assessments and develops clinical education opportunities based on assessed need as well as conducts ongoing evaluations and assessments to ensure program effectiveness. The Clinical Educator functions within standards of professional practice to successfully assess practice knowledge and gaps, identify learning needs and outcome expectations, plans, implements, and evaluates individual, group, and team education in both lecture and hands on education settings.  

The Clinical Educator is responsible for using tools, theories, skills and knowledge of clinical practice and professional development to support the clinical staff who provide direct patient care. The Clinical Educator utilizes evidence-based practices and research to develop timely learning and professional growth opportunities for clinical caregivers. This position serves as a role model of professional practice and behavior and is instrumental in creating a professional practice climate within SCMG. The Clinical Educator conducts and documents competency assessment of clinical staff during the onboarding process, annually, and in special needs circumstances.


Conducts systematic and ongoing gap analysis of clinical staff Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and specialty RN educators related to areas of deficit in knowledge, skill, or practice.

Analyzes data to identify education priorities and determine associated metrics and expected outcomes of learning.

Plans, develops, implements, facilitates, and evaluates educational programs for clinical staff.

Collaborates with CPPD Educators within SCHS regarding new products, equipment, processes, policies and practice, and competency development.

Demonstrates knowledge of change theory and applies principles to support change within service line.

Facilitates the adult learning process and creates a climate that supports learning.

Influences the interprofessional practice and learning environments along with the specialty practice of professional development and the professions within the healthcare environment.

Represents SCMG as a practice and professional development expert on various organizational and service line committees.

Serves as a role model for education and professional practice to develop others and promote excellence, quality & safety in practice.

Integrates ethical principles in all areas of practice.

Makes informed and timely recommendations to operational leaders regarding educational and practice needs.

Continually assesses the practice environment and conducts annual skills labs for clinical staff.

Supports clinical orientation through onboarding clinical skills assessment and providing education based on the assessment.

Participates in clinical policy or protocol development as needed.

Participates in quality and safety initiatives for SCMG.

Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in all respects.

Supports Lean principles of continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a champion of change.

Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.

Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the organization’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational investigations and proceedings.

Delivers customer service and/or supports patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate. 

May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the organization, as required or assigned.


Required: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university.

Preferred: Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university; Degree or Certificate in Nursing Education.


Required: Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Oregon by the OR State Board of Nursing. Valid Oregon driver's license and ability to meet St. Charles Health System driving requirements. Current certification in Healthcare Provider BLS/PALS.


Required: Minimum three to five (3-5) years clinic nursing experience. Experience with various teaching methodologies.

Preferred: Three (3) years as a clinical educator.


Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

General Ability to apply the professional nursing code of ethics and professional guidelines to clinical practice.

Ability to apply Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development Specialist to role functions.

Ability to be a resource for all employees.

Ability to plan, implement, evaluate and revise professional development and continuing education programs for nursing and allied health staff at the unit and organization-wide levels.

Ability to design curricula and programs that reflect sound education principles, incorporate evidence-based practice, meet measurable outcomes, and that meet requirements of external regulatory and accrediting organizations.

Ability to evaluate and document the clinical competency of staff, identifying staff’s and unit’s needs strengths, limitations and opportunities.

Ability to plan educational programs for staff with various levels of ability given available resources. Ability to function as an educator, leader, consultant, facilitator, change agent, and researcher, mentor, advocate and champion for scientific inquiry.

Knowledge of adult instructional methods and theories, learning concepts and evaluation.AS+

Knowledge of the current theories, principles, practices and standards, as well as emerging technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches in the nursing and allied health professions, particularly those applicable to the area of assignment/expertise, the culture of nursing and the health care system, as well as the responsibility and accountability for the outcome of practice.

Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations, standards and guidelines of certifying and accrediting bodies that scope, impact and/or influence the practice of nursing and allied health professions; knowledgeable hospital and department/unit standards, protocols, policies and procedures governing the provision of nursing and allied health care.

Knowledge of medical terminology; principles and practices of health promotion, risk reduction, illness and disease prevention and management; medications and drugs, common dosages, their physical and physiological effects, and possible adverse reactions, as related to assigned area.

Knowledge of medical and professional nursing ethics and patient privacy rights.

Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

Knowledge of principles of project management, and working effectively with teams.

Works collaboratively with Supply Chain, ViP, Leadership & Culture, Safety, Human Resources, Infection Prevention, Clinical Informatics, Outreach, Regulatory, Compliance, Legal, AHEC, CME, Research as needs for clinical education arise.


Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population and professionally represent St.  Charles Health System. 

Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within St.  Charles Health System and external customers/clients/potential employees

Strong team working and collaborative skills

Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment


Ability to multi-task and work independently.

Attention to detail.

Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication and customer service skills, particularly in dealing with stressful personal interactions.

Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.

Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.


Demonstrated ability and experience in computer applications, use of electronic medical record keeping systems and MS Office, Database management.


Continually (75% or more): Use of clear and audible speaking voice and the ability to hear normal speech level.

Frequently (50%): Sitting, standing, walking, lifting 1-10 pounds, keyboard operation.

Occasionally (25%): Bending, climbing stairs, reaching overhead, carrying/pushing or pulling 1-10 pounds, grasping/squeezing.

Rarely (10%):  Stooping/kneeling/crouching, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling 11-15 pounds, operation of a motor vehicle.

Never (0%):  Climbing ladder/step-stool, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds, ability to hear whispered speech level.

Exposure to Elemental Factors

Never (0%):  Heat, cold, wet/slippery area, noise, dust, vibration, chemical solution, uneven surface.

Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category

No Risk for Exposure to BBP

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First Shift (United States of America)

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Keywords: StCharles, Great Falls , RN Clinical Educator, Other , Great Falls, Montana

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