The Home Health Clinical Educator facilitates the enhancement of nursing cognitive skills and competency for home health. The Clinical Educator works collaboratively with the management team to maximize patient outcomes and clinical practice. This individual functions as an educator, leader, expert practitioner, mentor and consultant for nurses, CHHAs and other members of the interdisciplinary team. Supports the mission and values of the Medical Center, and acts as a role model relative to the Medical Center’s Service Excellence Initiative. This individual will be responsible for assessing the needs of all disciplines and providing educational support for specific Home Care requirements such as, OASIS, regulatory compliance and patient/disease specific care planning, and end of life issues.
Major Position Responsibilities:
- Provides clinical education to staff.
- Develops and initiates the agency annual education calendar for quality measure competencies.
- Plans, conducts and documents annual skills labs for home health staff.
- Provides monthly in-service education based on assessed needs to multi-disciplinary team members and various colleagues: RNs, LVNs, PTs, STs, OTs, MSWs, CHHAs, RDs and contractors.
- Provides mandatory in-service education to all staff, which meets the regulations of JCAHO/State/Federal agencies.
- Coordinates all new hire orientation and staff development.
- Plans, implements and evaluates orientation schedule for all employees. Identifies specific goals and objectives for new employees to demonstrate competency.
- Provides weekly update to Supervisor regarding progress and/or identified areas of focus to ensure collaboration and efficient completion of orientation process.
- Functions as a role model in select clinical skills, demonstrates competency in performing patient visits and clinical documentation according to agency standard work processes for SOC, ROC and Discharge OASIS visit.
- Expert practitioner, mentor and consultant for nurses and other disciplines.
- Participates on committees and task forces representing clinical areas.
- Promotes evidence based practice in the clinical setting by utilizing accepted standards of practice to include guidelines or recommendations isued by nationally recognized organizations with expertise in the field such as The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.
Qualifications: ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, & EXPERIENCE
- Two years of Home Care experience, required.
- Utilization management, case management and education experience highly preferred.
- Clinical knowledge and critical thinking ability to effectively plan and contribute to coordination of patient care, consistent with standards and regulations, including common home health diagnoses, current treatments and their physical and psychosocial effects, required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of home health clinical standards of practice, utilization review, performance improvement, ICD-9 & 10 coding, OASIS, PPS and managed care contracts, required.
- Knowledge of regulatory guidelines, required.
- Intermediate level computer skills, required.
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, required.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Health or Business, preferred.
- Current California RN licensure, required.
- Current California Driver’s license, required.
- Current auto insurance, required.
- Current BLS certification; American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, required.
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.