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Registered Nurse (Education Specialist)

VA Medical Center

Ann Arbor, MI
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Registered Nurse (Education Specialist)
Ann Arbor, MI

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, Day Shift (8 hour shifts)

The Registered Nurse Education Specialist will have a minimum of a Bachelor's or Master's or PhD degree in nursing or in a related field. Board certification from a VA-approved certifying body preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, Power Point) Web and internet required. The RN Education Specialist is accountable for directing, coordinating and participating in staff development and the delivery of educational programs for nursing and healthcare system personnel. The Educator is responsible for the orientation of new employees, evaluation of their progress in the orientation process, and for developing and implementing a learning plan for improving identified deficiencies. The Educator will work collaboratively with Patient Care Service leadership and all Services within the medical center and it's affiliating CBOCs in the development and implementation of Patient Care Service and facility-wide educational programs and initiatives. The incumbent will actively participate in workshop / continuing education programs designed for career advancement as well as function in classroom teaching environments, clinical arenas, and as a group facilitator. The Educator will work collaboratively with Schools of Nursing and allied professional Healthcare programs regarding staff education and development. The RN Education Specialist demonstrates strong interpersonal and collaborative skills working with staff at all knowledge and proficiency levels. The incumbent will actively maintain the standards required by the Michigan Board of Nursing (MBN) and according to the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development. The RN Education Specialist is directly responsible to the Associate Chief Nurse of Education and collaborates with other supervisory personnel.


Physical Requirements: This position requires Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

Preferred Experience: Experience in curriculum development. 2-3 years of experience as a nurse educator in a hospital. 2-3 years of recent medical/surgical or critical care experience. MSN preferred.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse


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To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.