Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services

    Job Title
    Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services
    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 Nurse Educator in Perioperative Services who will embrace our rich 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. 

    This position is full-time, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

    Under the administrative direction of the Director of Perioperative Services, the Nurse Educator assumes the delegated responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating education and training programs for Perioperative Services, designs and implements educational programs to ensure the quality of staff knowledge and skills, functions as an expert in the care and management of patients undergoing perioperative procedures, interfacing with nursing managers, clinical staff, physicians, administration and patients/families. Supervises employees during unit-level orientation and for purposes of education and training.

    The Nurse Educator in Perioperative Services is responsible for the orientation and education of staff in the Operating Room, PACU, Pre-Admit and Endoscopy, and Central Sterile Processing Units. Interacts with staff to determine the educational needs of the assigned team and to plan and coordinate learning opportunities based on needs. Provides staff development expertise as an educator, facilitator, change agent, and leader. Supports the development of nursing staff and fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of evidence-based nursing practices.

    Principal Accountabilities and Expectations:

    • Develops educational programs that accommodate gaining and maintaining knowledge and skills for competent performance of job responsibilities and advanced levels of professional development
    • Develop a Perioperative Nursing Program for transfers and newly hired staff
    • Coordinates unit-level orientation programs along with unit staff
    • Assists precepts with orientation needs
    • Develops plans for educating staff on new protocols, in-services and EMS
    • Ensures educational activities are consistent with standards, regulatory agencies, institutional and divisional philosophies, policies, and objectives
    • Maintains active presence in OR during surgical procedures to monitor nursing practice and identify learning needs
    • Assumes duties and responsibilities related an appropriate to the position and area
    • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics, Health Science Standards of Conduct, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
    • Attends all mandatory Compliance Program training, including the HIPAA Privacy training
    • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements
    • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities
    • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff

    Minimum Competencies:
    • Demonstrates ability to manage multiple priorities successfully
    • Demonstrates clinical expertise and knowledge related to Perioperative Services
    • Demonstrates strong leadership skills and effective communication, both oral and written, for classroom delivery and presentation
    • Knowledge of adult learning principles and presentation skills
    • Program development and management that will meet the learning needs of nurses assigned to Perioperative Services
    • Effective communication, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills
    • Proficient computer skills in word processing and data management
    • Ability to design educational programs using educational theory and principles of learning and ANCC guidelines for CNE program planning
    • Knowledge of measurement and evaluation methodologies in determining educational outcomes and learner proficiency
    • Ability to establish, foster, and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the public
    Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing required; Master’s in Nursing or related field preferred
    • Current Registered Nurse licensure to practice in the District of Columbia
    • BLS and ACLS certification through the American Heart Association
    • A Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) preferred
    • Five (5) years of perioperative nursing
    • A minimum of one (1) year as a clinical educator or nursing instructor experience required

     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 and sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
    • 100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children

    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. 


    Required Skills

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing required; Master’s in Nursing or related field preferred
    Current Registered Nurse licensure to practice in District of Columbia
    ACLS certification through the American Heart Association
    Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) preferred
    Five (5) years of perioperative nursing
    Minimum of one (1) year as a clinical educator or nursing instructor experience required

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