American Career College
Instructor I, Nursing (Education)
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is an essential function of the position.)
Fulfills assigned teaching load.
Participates in and contributes to assessment activities of courses/curriculum and program via a continuous improvement plan as set forth by the University.
Regularly contributes to improvement of class materials and syllabi within prescribed shared governance culture.
Utilizes a variety of teaching methodologies to instruct students, always with intent to facilitate observable evidence of student fulfillment of prescribed learning outcomes. .
Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, the teaching/learning process and for individual students. Keeps regular approved office hours (for full-time faculty and/or course directors).
Follows established University protocols for providing timely feedback and/or academic advising (student Letters of Concern, etc.).
Capable of competence in teaching skills as demonstrated by:
Assumes complete responsibility for students in the clinical facilities. Clarifies clinical expectations with students.
Clarifies student placement and expectations with clinical facility staff.
Utilizes care planning time to direct students to available resources needed for clinical preparation. Assesses student knowledge and skill level to ensure safety and optimal care to patients.
Coordinates a plan to best instruct, observe, and evaluate student learning and clinical practical skills in direct clinical care setting related to area of instruction.
Utilizes pre and post conference to allow students an opportunity to share learned experiences. Correlates weekly theory content with clinical objectives and experiences.
Provides feedback of clinical performance immediately after observation of event and, of overall performance at midterm and end of semester.
Provides effective academic counseling for assigned clinical students. Provides continual and immediate feedback to students in a private setting.
Identifies verbal and nonverbal behaviors indicative of the need for student counseling. Encourages the student to use problem solving techniques.
Establishes/maintains office hours or appointments at times accessible to students.
Establishes and maintains communication l between the clinical facilities manager, staff and WCU. Apprises clinical partner staff of student objectives in each clinical area.
Works with clinical partner staff to clarify policies and procedures specific to facility.
Validates with clinical partner staff the effectiveness of student placement and progress in meeting mutually established objectives.
Attends Program Advisory Committee meetings.
Maintains membership in a professional organization.
Attends professional development activities each year as agreed upon with supervisor in outlined associate development plan.
Attends teaching development activities each year as assigned by supervisor to enhance teaching/learning skills.
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND SERVICE:
Attends department, College and University meetings/councils as arranged/approved by supervisor. Conducts one's self with a demeanor which reflects collegiality and behavior which demonstrates
professional and ethical conduct.
Develops connections within professional community both inside and outside the University. Contributes/demonstrates ongoing service in at least one of the following areas: Community or Public
Service, Profession (member of professional organization) or University (other alternative approved activity
as identified by Faculty Handbook).
Actively and substantively participates in University initiatives as assigned. Maintains membership in at least one committee or council.
May assist with gathering program data to ensure best practices and optimal student outcomes. Assists with clinical practicum:
Collaborates with the Clinical Coordinator for the clinical or field experience. If applicable to the program, this collaboration allows for students to be placed promptly in their clinical rotations/assignments as necessary.
GENERAL SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
As applicable to teaching assignment(s), records and posts daily class attendance and grades as required, completes and submits assignments in a timely manner, and grades tests, quizzes, lab assignments promptly, returning constructive feedback to students as soon as possible. Engages in systematic collection of student's work for University outcomes assessment purposes.
Maintains and uses West Coast University officially approved syllabus template.
Submits accurate grade-in-progress report(s) as required during the term/semester in accordance with the posted syllabus to the campus program Dean or Chair.
Posts accurate points and final course grades earned throughout the term/semester in accordance with the posted syllabus as per teaching assignment(s).
Assists with program activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accrediting bodies, and University policies and procedures in concert with other West Coast University campus programs.
Reviews and recommends improvements and enhancements to the consistency and quality of course offerings, course/program development, and curriculum.
Participates in student success activities such as engaging in student academic counseling and/or establishing a point of contact for internal resource/access for student issues.
Assures students are provided instructional support services within the subject area taught to maintain the highest level of student achievement while safeguarding the integrity of the educational process.
Serves as a mentor, role model and facilitator and provides guidance and academic support for students. Attends meetings as required to share information, guidelines and procedures, coordinates activities, and to
further disseminate information across the assigned department.
Regularly attends and participates in program Learning Communities, if applicable. Follows proper procedures/channels of communication.
Participates in professional development and organizations in order to remain current in the field. Maintains professional appearance for position and is courteous and approachable to students.
Adheres to University policies and procedures and conducts job responsibilities in accordance with the standards set out in the University's Code of Ethical Conduct, Compliance Agreement, Sexual Harassment Policy or any of its policies and procedures, applicable federal and states laws, and applicable professional standards.
Maintains confidentiality of all student, associate, and/or University information as required.
Exercises care, proper use and maintenance of department equipment and supplies and identifies unsafe conditions and makes appropriate adjustments.
Maintains order, cleanliness and safety at work. Performs other duties as assigned.
Must have the minimum higher education background required by the program. Must provide a documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments including, but not limited to: education theory and practice, current concepts relative to specific subjects one will be teaching, current clinical practice experience or distance education techniques and delivery.
Master's degree in specialty field required.
Graduates from the West Coast University Master of Science in Nursing program, who meet the minimum experience requirement as a registered nurse, are eligible for consideration as a clinical faculty immediately following graduation.
If applicable, certification(s) in area(s) of specialization required.
In California, must meet Board of Registered Nursing requirements as stipulated in their statues:
Section 1425(c) states, " An instructor shall meet the following minimum qualifications: 1425(a)(1) A Master or higher degree from an accredited college or university which includes course work in nursing, education, or administration. If degree other than in nursing submit information verifying course work in nursing education."
1425(c)(3) Completion of at least one (1) years' experience teaching courses related to registered nursing or completion of a post-baccalaureate course which includes PRACTICE IN TEACHING REGISTERED NURSING. Submit official course description to verify course content.
1425(c)(2) Direct patient care experience within the previous five (5) years in the nursing area to which he or she is assigned, which can be met by: (A) One (1) year's continuous, full-time or its equivalent experience providing direct patient care as a registered nurse in the designated nursing area; or (B) One (1) academic year or of registered nurse level clinical teaching experience in the designated nursing area or its equivalent.
Clinical RN – Bachelor's degree in nursing or in natural, behavioral or social sciences relevant to nursing practice from an accredited college or university required. Graduates from the West Coast University RN- BSN program who meet the minimum experience requirement as a registered nurse are eligible for consideration as a clinical faculty immediately following graduation.
Current unencumbered Registered Nurse License required; other current professional licensure by state or national board if applicable (e.g., FNP).
Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by the state Board of Nursing for nursing faculty if required for assigned subject matter instruction.
Current CPR card.
Clinical RN - Must have approval by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) prior to assuming the role of clinical faculty member.
Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accrediting body that West Coast University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents.
Must maintain any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
Current certification in basic life support procedures including healthcare provide CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator.
Health certifications for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Category I classified position (potential for exposure to infectious diseases at work). As an essential component of the West Coast University infection-control program immunizations and tuberculosis clearance documentation is required in accordance with current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA recommendations and guidelines for Health-Care Personnel. Below are health certification details which are subject to change as required by OSHA and CDC.
Immunizations - based on the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Personnel (HCP),
all HCPs must submit documentation of immunization to Hepatitis B (HB) (series of three doses with anti- HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3), proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, or a signed declination; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chickenpox); and Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (booster every 10 years). Highly recommended immunizations for the HCP include Influenza (yearly), Hepatitis A, and Pneumonia. For some individuals, a titer test will be indicated vs. vaccinations. Titer tests showing immunity to listed pathogens are acceptable. Titer tests showing a negative response require appropriate immunizations and follow-up titers must be completed and submitted. If one or more of the listed immunizations are contraindicated, documentation must be submitted clearly identifying the reason(s). Clinical laboratory reports with facility stamp and medical doctor's signature are required.
Tuberculosis Clearance – the CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings are intended to protect the HCP and patients.
Two Options (consult with supervisor for specific program requirements)
disease. Thereafter, every year the HCP must receive a symptom screen.
One year or less experience in teaching in a university or college setting required as defined by University's faculty handbook.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Products, especially Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and other MS office products as needed.
Working with online learning management systems to further engage the student learning process desirable.
Knowledge of state, federal and local laws/regulations relating to programs, governmental compliance and other regulatory standards such as state Board of Nursing, Commission on Dental Accreditation, state Dental Hygiene Committee, state Dental board, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) or other regulators and/or accreditation bodies.
Clinical RN - Must have a minimum of two (2) year's prior experience as a registered nurse providing direct patient care and have a minimum of one year experience in the field in which they teach.