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Clinical Education Specialist- Cardiac Care Unit FT Days (7007)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center - Omaha Omaha, NE

Job Description

Children’s is growing and expanding with the addition of the Hubbard Center for Children in 2021.  A new department within the Hubbard Center for Children is the Cardiac Care Unit, a 32-bed unit with an adaptable acuity care model. The Cardiac Care Unit is starting to hire bedside nurses, and looking for a strong education specialist to develop and strengthen the cardiac education program.  The Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) will care for all patients with a primary cardiac diagnosis  from 34 weeks gestation to 21 years of age, including those that require intensive care or just needing an overnight observation stay. The Cardiac Care Unit patient population includes patients requiring pre and post-surgical repair and/or heart catheterization, medical patients with heart failure, transplant, shock, pulmonary hypertension, and patients needing ECMO support.  Children’s is a three-time magnet designated facility and our Cardiac Center has recently been ranked by US News and World report as a top 15 Cardiac Center throughout the United States.  If you are passionate about providing premier pediatric cardiac care, there is no better place than Children’s. 

Essential Functions/Competencies

% of Time



  1. Serves as a clinical expert/resource in advancing the current clinical practice in promoting quality nursing care.
  • Serves as a content expert with interdisciplinary team member(s) in the assessment, development, implementation, and/or evaluation of the age-specific individualized patient/family plan of care and documented actions. (Individualized refers to the patient’s developmental, cognitive, cultural, psychosocial, spiritual, and education/family influences and physical/medical care needs. Plan of care includes current and anticipated actions focused on care education, and/or discharge needs).
  • Utilizes a systematic approach to analyze complex clinical data and information to provide comprehensive appropriate resources i.e., literature review, benchmarks, policies/procedures, clinical practice guidelines (CPG's) or nursing diagnoses (ND's), etc.) for clinical problem solving.
  • Conducts daily/weekly clinical rounds to achieve consistent delivery of patient care standards and advance staff skills in order to meet the patient/family’s surgical needs.
  • Collaborates with the department leaders (director, managers, and supervisors) and staff nurses to gain real time knowledge of immediate clinical care needs for patients and staff education needs. 
  • Develops an innovative, effective action plan to meet patient care standards for the assigned area.
  • Communicates variation in current standards of care/practice and applicable action plan to the director/clinical manager in a timely manner.
  • Collaborates with outpatient cardiac services to ensure patient education is streamlined and consistent.


  1.  Serves as an educational expert in developing, implementing, and evaluating patient/family/staff education.
  • Oversees/assumes responsibility for the orientation of new employees to the unit.
    • Creates an orientation program for each role.
    • Develops, implements, and evaluates general nursing and area specific skills classes for new employees.
    • Collaborates with unit manager to counsel/coach new employees during orientation to assist the orientee’s progress towards gaining competency in unit standards/skills.               
  • Coordinates the mentorship/preceptor program within assigned area to ensure consistent standards in teaching and the promotion of quality professional patient care.
    • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the formal preceptor education program in collaboration with other nursing division educators/CNS’s to evaluate processes through use of literature reviews, benchmark data, and outside resources.
  • Collaborates with Unit Educators/Manager and preceptor to select appropriate assignments and learning experiences for new staff.
    • Fosters the use of adult learning and critical thinking principles with preceptors by providing ideas, skill stations, different teaching styles, and related activities to help the preceptor be a more effective teacher.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with appropriate resources (i.e. leadership team, other CNS’s, educators, content experts, organizational development) to analyze needs in order to lead the development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of comprehensive continuing education programs (i.e. orientation skills checklists, self-studies, education videos, education supplies, and orientation manual) based on annual needs assessment, staff request, division direction, new equipment/care practices, variance trends, and patient/parent and other customers’ satisfaction.
    • Educational activities reflect identified needs of the target audience and/or organizational priorities related to surgical nursing practice.
    • Independently designs and documents for each educational activity a needs assessment, description of target audience, educational objectives, content outline, teaching methods (CHEX, self-study, presentation, real-time), evaluation strategies, and designation of appropriate resources (i.e. room arrangements, AV equipment, handouts, other teaching aids).
    • Independently creates programs that incorporate adult learning strategies, ethical principles, critical thinking skills, professional growth, open communication, and collaborative relationships.
    • Quality of information developed is professional with regards to organization of information, clarity of instruction, attention to details, and presentation style.
  • Identifies staff’s individual talent in order to assist in their personal and professional development by:
    • Sharing ideas, experiences, and successful behavior patterns.
  • Establish a relationship with the staff as a resource.
  • Providing a supportive framework to guide career development.


3.   Provides leadership in the comprehensive development/ revision of clinical systems in order to support patient care within assigned area.

  • Serves as a content expert in incorporating clinical practice into assigned division/organizational systems under development/review.
  • Proactively anticipates the need for educational activities that correlate with the assigned division/organizational priorities related to nursing practice.


4.  Coordinates and supports research/publication activities related to nursing practice or division/organization objectives.

  • Strengthens the link between research and clinical practice by facilitating others understanding while promoting utilization of the research process to improve patient outcomes and enhance the environment of care.  This may include assisting others to interpret and conduct research. 
  • Critically evaluates existing clinical practice utilizing current or new research, and leads the integration of change into related unit/hospital policies/procedures and/or CPG's/ND's and actual practice.
  • Leads or participates in identifying research topics and related projects. 
  • Identifies opportunities to acknowledge unit/organization for nursing best practices as seen through support of publication, i.e. assist others in article development, author/co-author articles.
  • Disseminates, both internally and externally new knowledge that is gained through research, EBP, and Performance Improvement activities.


Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.


Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section



  1. Performs other duties assigned.
  • Accepts assignment on unit to provide direct patient care. 
  • Professionally supports the unit as seen through interactions with patients, families, staff, colleagues, others.
  • Serves as a preceptor for new RN and educates staff as necessary
  • Accept assignments to support nursing student interns
  • Collaborates with faculty and nursing schools from area to provide course presentations as requested
  • Develops and provides educational materials or offerings to the community as needed.







  • Strong pediatric cardiac nursing knowledge and background.
  • Advanced knowledge and proficiency in applying the nursing process, nursing skills, and nursing research into patient care, teaching, and systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to include the use of computer technology in program presentations and/or data analysis.
  • Ability to be self-directed, with minimum supervision and detail oriented.
  • Must be able to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature, without loss of efficiency or composure, and be able to perform under stressful conditions when confronted with multiple requests, demonstrating prioritization skills.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing required.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in pediatric specialty setting, including two years’ experience in pediatric cardiac care required.



  • Current and valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Nebraska/Compact State required.
  • Current and valid BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification required.
  • Current and valid PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) required, within 6 months of hire.
  • Current and valid PALs Instructor required, within 6 months of hire.
  • Current and valid certification in pediatric specialty required or must be able to obtain within 1 year of meeting eligibility requirements

Job Details

Date Posted February 13, 2019
Date Closes May 14, 2019
Requisition 918602-13140
Address 8200 Dodge Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At Hospital
Department Cardiac Care Unit
Job Type Full-time Employee
Mon: 8 am to 4 pm
Tue: 8 am to 4 pm
Wed: 8 am to 4 pm
Thu: 8 am to 4 pm
Fri: 8 am to 4 pm
Hours 40 hours per week; Day shift
Positions Available 1
SOC Category 29-1141.00 Registered Nurses
Zipcode 68114

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health-Care Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Group Homeowners and Auto
  • Group Legal
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Maternity / Paternity / Family Leave
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Cafeteria / Food
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Credit Union
  • Discounts on Employer Merchandise & Services
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Parking
  • Health Fair
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Program
  • Workout Facilities
  • Achievement Awards
  • Bonus Plan
  • Merit Increases

This job requires the following skills

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Nursing
  • Pediatric Care

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