Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Director of Professional Development and Education

    Job Title
    Director of Professional Development and Education
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Director of Professional Development and Education who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.

    The Director will report directly to the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and is responsible for providing strategic leadership and administration in the areas of patient care, education, safety and quality in accordance with organizational policies and in accordance with standards of professional nursing practice, utilizing the framework for professional nursing practice and development.
    The Director will promote a professional practice environment and develop and maintain collegial and collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders across the institution to positively impact the business of clinical operations, nursing and patient care outcomes. These partnerships include ongoing collaboration with physician, facility and organizational leaders. Responsibilities include all aspects of clinical operations, clinician and patient/family education, customer service, patient safety, financial outcomes, and quality outcome management and regulatory compliance.

    The Director of Professional Development and Education:

    • Collaborates with administrators, physicians, managers and other providers to facilitate planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategic plan and initiatives
    • Manages, supervises and/or collaborates with educators, clinicians, managers and directors to ensure ongoing educational programming to multi-level professional, administrative, technical and clinical staff within the Division of Nursing.
    • Monitors educational issues and developments nationwide that affect patient care in general; analyzes data in these areas; and predicts future impacts on Division of Nursing. Develops strategies and plans in response to changing demands for education due to changes in organizational priorities and needs.
    • Oversees development  & implementation of care delivery model, establishes clear expectations based on standards of care defined by their professional & regulatory organizations
    • Directs, implements and evaluates the competency assessment program to ensure all personnel are competent to fulfill assigned responsibilities.  Administers orientation programs for professional and technical services personnel.  Plans, coordinates and implements educational programs to educate staff regarding new procedures, policies, trends and development in patient care techniques.  Develops, implements and monitors mandatory training activities to include local and federal educational requirements, risk management, patient and employee safety; and (5) performance improvement initiatives both divisional and hospital wide.
    • Assesses need for and develops standards, policies, procedures and guidelines as appropriate for the Division of Nursing. Collaborates with staff, manages directors, Howard University faculty, other health care disciplines, and professionals from the community in developing a multidisciplinary approach to identifying and resolving quality of care issues, and for the provision of requisite educational programs to support continuous improvement.
    • Collaborates with Performance Improvement in the development and implementation of performance improvement programs directed toward improving patient outcomes within the respective services.
    • Serves as Nurse Planner and Administrator for the Division of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education program. Participates in planning, implementing and evaluating all CNE Programs provided and co-provided by the Provider Unit. Maintains American Nurses Credentialing Center accreditation for Continuing Nursing Education programs.
    • Identifies issues to the Chief Nursing Officer and takes an active role in leading the process improvement initiative to address opportunities for improvement
    • Advocates for resources for safe delivery of patient care related to labor, equipment & facilities in specialty area with a global perspective
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.

    Minimum Competencies Include:

    • Comprehensive knowledge of the practice and scope of nursing, with the ability to plan and provide for the delivery of nursing services.
    • Ability to analyze written and spoken English
    • Ability to cope effectively with stressful situations and time constraints
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
    • Ability to logically solve problems
    • Ability to follow detailed written and verbal instructions
    • Proven leadership skills to direct and manage others
    • Must be able to work well with others
    • Must be able to analyze written, spoken, visual and other sensory stimuli

    Qualified candidates will possess:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) required
    • Master’s degree in the areas of nursing, nursing education, advanced practice nursing, or a healthcare related field within 2 years of hire into position
    • 3 to 5 years as RN experience in the specialty area
    • 3 years as a nurse leader in the specialty area
    • Experience in systems level leadership
    • Current District of Columbia state Registered Nurse (RN) license required
    • BLS certification through American Heart Association required
    • Certification in leadership or specialty within one year of hire into the position

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
    Work-life balance
    Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
    100% Free Tuition at Howard University for employees (graduate level) and their dependent children under 26 years of age (undergraduate level) after 1 and 2 years of commitment, respectively.

    COVID-19 Vaccination: 
    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 

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