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Nurse Educator (RN) - Department Of Orthopedics

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MidState Medical Center


Meriden, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Serving our community since 1998, MidState Medical Center is a vibrant and progressive organization with a genuine concern for our patients, community, and employee’s alike. We’ve earned top honors for quality stroke care, gold level recognition for organ donation, and employing leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, providing the highest quality level of care.


The Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute (COI) Nurse Educator will work at both MidState Medical Center and St.Vincent's Medical Center is an essential member of interdisciplinary team who has a strong and recent background in orthopaedics and spine care. This role will have direct responsibility for formal / informal training and mentorship for direct care employees, including support staff.


This position works in partnership with nursing leadership and the nursing professional development team of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute. Responsibilities function within the context and framework of the Nursing Professional Development, Scope and Standards practice as approved by the American Nurses Association.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Design, implement and evaluate educational programs based on current evidence and practice.

  • Develop specialized training and education for the nursing staff in both the critical and non-critical care settings.

  • Evaluate and assess an educational plan for employees for a comprehensive competency based orientation program.

  • Assess ongoing educational needs; and develop educational content for annual competencies.

  • Collaborate with the department head in the development of departmental quality indicators after careful review of quality improvement issues indicating performance improvement education.

  • Collaborate with other educators within the Midstate Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Medical Center to standardize best practices and education.

  • Sharing knowledge and skills through professional presentations. Acts as a consultant in the area. 


  • Learning Facilitator: Assesses learning needs based on evidence based practice, individual identified needs and regulatory requirements. Utilizes creative strategies and adult learning principles.

  • Collaborative Partner: Collaborates with members of the nursing leadership team and the COI team to assess learning needs, develops programs, monitors clinical competency and supports action plans. Represents nursing in the development of inter-professional learning activities.

  • Mentor: Serves as a role model for mentoring new hires in ortho/spine care and the professional development of nurses by supporting certification preparation and partnering with nurse manager to facility the pursuit of ortho certification. 

  • Competency Management: Develops and facilitates initial and ongoing competencies.

  • Orientation: Develops, implements and manages competency based orientation

  • Change Agent: Provides supportive consulting and participates in planned and unplanned process changes.

  • Role Development: Promotes professional nursing practice and quality patient care according to the ANA standards of practice. Endorses the theory-based approach through the continuum of practice from Novice to Expert.

  • Champion of Scientific Inquiry Develops, educates, and implements quality improvement initiatives and outcomes.

  • Perform other related duties as required





  • BSN required and enrolled in a Master’s program with degree completion within two years of hire date.

Education Preferred  

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing or higher.


  • Minimum of 5 Years of active clinical nursing experience with a specialty in ortho/spine.

Experience Preferred  

  • One year of relevant teaching experience preferred, nursing staff development and/or specialty area preferred.

    Minimum of 5 years of active clinical nursing experience. Strong and Recent background in critical care.

Licensure, Certification, Registration

  • Licensed Registered Nurse from the CT DPH obtained prior to hire date.
  • ONC Specialty Certification or obtained within one year of start in position.
  • BLS required

Perferred Licensure, Certification, Registration

  • Specialty Certification: NPD, ONC

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements

  • Demonstrates ability to develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs.
  • Working knowledge and clinical skills in the assessment and management of complex neurological patients.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to education as a methodology for promoting continuous quality improvement in the delivery of patient care and services.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Working knowledge of high reliability and LEAN process improvement strategies.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and strong skills in excel.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams including providers as content experts to support staff educational needs by planning lectures.

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