The Cardiology Nurse Educator directly reports to the Deputy Designated Learning Officer within the Learning Organization and works in collaboration with the Cardiology Nurse Manager. This RN works collaboratively with the Cardiology Department and the KCVA's Learning Organization to meet the educational needs of staff. The Cardiovascular Nurse Educator plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates Cardiovascular Education and reports related actions/activities to facility, VISN and national VA leadership. The Cardiovascular Nurse Educator applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/service/facility level to improve care. The Cardiovascular Nurse Educator assesses educational needs and competencies of staff and develops, schedules, coordinates, conducts and evaluates educational programs. The Cardiovascular Nurse Educator provides education and aids staff in planning and developing educational programs to meet their own needs, as well as serving as a resource for complex nursing care standards. As a change agent, promotes an environment that embraces new knowledge, innovations and improvements. The role includes leadership in the care of patients; standardization of care; identification, delegation and oversight of care delivery and outcomes. The Cardiovascular Nurse Educator serves as a mentor and consultant to healthcare staff involved in patient care. Provides education that is evidence based. This RN works collaboratively with the Nurse Managers and Chief Nurses to meet the educational needs of nursing staff . As an evidence-based practice resource, this RN assists in establishing, writing, and implementing policy and procedures. The Cardiovascular Nurse Educator will incorporate Just Culture and No Harm concepts while promoting the facility's goal to become a High Reliability Organization. Role responsibilities and accountabilities also include demonstration of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to age related needs of the patients served in the assigned area of practice. This knowledge includes understanding changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population. The Nurse Educator will provide specialized acute care training that includes, but is not limited to, the following aspects of nursing care: Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation Bi-phasic synchronized cardioversion Diagnostic cardiac catheterization Interventional cardiac catheterization Diagnostic peripheral vascular procedures Interventional peripheral vascular procedures Temporary pacemaker insertion Permanent pacemaker implants Cardiac defibrillator implants Loop Recorder Implants and explants Transesophageal echocardiogram Echocardiographic pharmaceutical stress testing Echocardiogram studies requiring saline bubble studies Echocardiogram studies requiring the use of an ultrasound contrast imaging agent Electrocardiogram education Exercise stress testing Nuclear exercise stress testing Stress echocardiographic stress testing Nuclear pharmaceutical stress testing Groin Management education Electrophysiology studies and ablation procedures Intra-aortic balloon pump procedures Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device procedures Angiojet procedures Coronary Atherectomy Procedures The Nurse Educator is involved with provision of effective mechanisms for all nursing staff to actively prepare for, and participate in, accreditation and regulatory review processes and is actively involved in the Joint Commission accreditation compliance processes. Work Schedule: M - F 8am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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