UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

  • Clinical Professional Development Specialist

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Full Time
    8750 Education Services
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  • Overview

    Join our award-winning team at UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.  We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are:

    • The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
    • The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
    • This is the second consecutive year Northwest Hospital has achieved both the Spine Surgery Excellence Award and a ranking among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery.
    • The Stroke Care Excellence Award
    • Winner of the Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care – among the top 5% in the country.

    UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. 

    Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services.  With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. 

    Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. 

    As a UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.


    We’re interested in learning more about you and appreciate your taking the time to apply online. UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is committed to employing a diverse workforce. EOE


    UW Medicine – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected characteristic. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


    The Clinical Professional Development Specialist uses knowledge and skills in adult learning principles to provide leadership and facilitates clinical professional development activities.  The role requires well-developed communication skills (written and oral), advanced clinical skills, education to support nursing research, evidence-based practice, and partners with healthcare providers and nurse leaders to ensure a safe, effective, and efficient environment of care. Examples of practice include: development of practice standards, evidence-based care projects, providing interdisciplinary consultations, participating in performance improvement initiatives, coordinating courses, or fostering development of teaching skills in others as well as support for educational needs assessment and facilitation of continuing education credits or minutes. The Clinical Professional Development Specialist is someone who contributes to life-long learning and ethical practice development as an educator, change agent, researcher, leader, preceptor and mentor.



    1. Leadership:

    • Performs needs assessment including gap from desired practice to actual practice and designs cost effective training and change management plan to meet organizational priorities in collaboration with nursing leadership and CNS team.
    • Applies the principles of adult learning in all educational offerings. Promotes use of clinical simulation, team based multidisciplinary care and utilizes multiple teaching strategies based upon learning styles or settings.
    • Provides leadership and supports initiatives and organizational changes to improve outcomes for the department of Nursing/Patient Services as well as for the enterprise and network affiliates.
    • Provides leadership to promote compliance with standards, guidelines, laws and requirements of regulatory agencies, credentialing agencies and professional organizations.
    • Builds and maintains collegial relationships with interdisciplinary personnel to promote collaboration that supports organizational initiatives.
    • In-Service and Continuing Education: Designs, coordinates, implements and evaluates a variety of formal continuing education programs for nursing personnel based on identified learning needs, emerging trends in nursing, new processes and practices, etc. Coordinates CEARP credit for nursing continuing education offerings. Assures educational quality of continuing education programs.
    • As assigned, designs and oversees formal programs (examples include but are not limited to: the Nurse Residency Program, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Preceptor Program, Basic Life Support (BLS) Program, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Programs (ACLS), ANCC CEARP Program, etc.)
    • As assigned, designs, coordinates, implements and evaluates selected education programs offered throughout the hospital (examples include but are not limited to: Hospital-wide training programs on topics such as Customer Service, Performance Improvement, new software systems, disaster, safety, accreditation, etc.)
    • Serves as in-house training expert and liaison. Provides consultation and assistance in educational program planning, teaching methodology, and program evaluation throughout the hospital, as needed, including patient education programs. Maintains an open and regular communication with nursing directors, unit managers and clinical nurse specialists. Serves as a member of committees, work groups, and multidisciplinary teams as appropriate.
    • Advises in the acquisition and maintenance of learning resources as applicable. May lead support staff and outside trainers.
    • Remains aware of clinical regulatory implications of topics in development and seeks consultation with appropriate regulations and regulatory experts prior to implementation of new process or education.

    2. Clinical Practice/Coordination:

    • Remains competent in the clinical area assigned to liaison with. Keeps up to date with best practices and clinical developments in the field that may impact care at NWHMC.
    • As assigned, provides direct patient care as a Staff Nurse; meets expectations outlined in RN job description and competency checklist.

    3. Building High Performing Teams:

    • Mentors and assists new employees to assimilate successfully into the workforce.
    • Develops/conducts Transition to Practice and Onboarding Support programs and updates nursing orientation programs, including but not limited to RN, LPN, C.N.A., M.A. and Unit Secretary. May participate in hospital-wide general orientation. Serves as a resource to nursing and other departments in the development of specific departmental orientation programs and/or specialty onboarding programs.
    • Ability to work in project teams, serve as member of committee and assess gaps in performance at unit or individual level in a supportive manner.
    • Fosters teamwork, continuous learning environment, UW Medicine Patients are First focus, Just Culture, patient safety principles and resilience to change.
    • Organizes and prioritizes work to meet organizational or programatic goals. Adjusts sequence and priority of activities to ensure projects are completed according to specifications and within designated time frames. Delegates tasks and activities to ensure timely implementation of educational programs.
    • Develops relationships with the academic community and serves as consultant, advisor, facilitator and/or instructor.

    4. Quality

    • Identifies quality benchmarks, assesses departmental performance and designs improvement plans,
    • Supports evaluation of learning outcomes and the organizational Continuing Education Credits program.
    • Able to review literature, identify community and specialty standards, analyze current practice and assimilate multiple data sources into a succinct assessment and recommendation for improvement.
    • Uses appropriate measurement and assessment tools, collects information to support recommendations. Assists in identifying areas for improvement and their timely, appropriate changes. Applies principles and practices of quality improvement science to the delivery of education.
    • Maintains documentation in accordance with established hospital, departmental and accreditation standards.

    5. Professional Growth & Development:

    • Strives to expand own knowledge and skills,
    • Monitors trends in healthcare industry, and adapts to changes and new developments.
    • Active in local, regional and national professional organizations.

    6. Driving:

    • May be required to drive an automobile (or other vehicle) as a function of job. If so required, completes all NWH driver clearance procedures and paperwork.  Drives carefully and in accordance with the law and NWH driving standards.  Respects and protects NWH property (vehicle) from damage.  Promptly reports any accidents, tickets, citations, moving violations, vehicle damage, or suspension/revocation of license.  Maintains a valid Washington Driver’s License and a clean driving record.


    Education Background

    • Master’s degree in a nursing or related field required.  If Masters is not in Nursing, BSN required. 

    Licensure, Registration, Certification

    • Registered Nurse (RN) currently licensed in State of Washington.
    • Maintains a valid Washington Drivers License and a clean driving record.
    • Certification in Nursing Staff Development or Clinical Specialty required or willing to obtain within first 6 months.

    Special Training/Skills

    • This job requires knowledge of adult teaching and learning principles and skills in program development, coordination, presentation in a variety of modalities, and evaluation and assessment. 
    • Requires computer skills, including Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, and PowerPoint. 
    • Basic Life Support Instructor-Trainer, or Crisis Prevention Institute Instructor preferred. 

    Work Experience

    • Minimum of three (3) years' direct patient care clinical (RN) experience in a hospital setting required.
    • Two (2) years' experience in education/teaching required, including experience developing, implementing, presenting, and evaluating educational programs, either in an educational setting or in a hospital strongly preferred.
    • One (1) year of leadership experience preferred.

    Physical Abilities

    • This job requires ability to communicate clearly in English (verbal and written) with all stakeholders (providers, caregivers, patients, family members) for the effective treatment of patients.

    Physical Demand Level:  Light                   

    In an 8-hour workday, must be able to-

    Lift / Carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently


    As required, must be able to-

    Sit, Stand, Walk, Bend, Squat, Kneel, Crawl, Climb and Reach above shoulders
    Push and Pull
    Perform fine motor functions
    Must possess functional vision, hearing, and speech in order to communicate effectively with clients, client advocates, and staff.


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