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Clinical Onboarding Specialist, Tacoma, WA


Organization: Pacific Lutheran University
Category: Administration/Management
Location: Tacoma, WA
Date Job Posted: June 6, 2022
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Hiring Range: $33.65-$36.06 per hour, with excellent benefits.

Work Schedule: FT; Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

General Description:

The Clinical Onboarding Specialist (COS) collaborates with faculty, students and the Clinical Placements Northwest (CPNW) consortium and other clinical practice partners in developing and implementing plans for prelicensure clinical placements each semester.

Collaboration involves reviewing program and student clinical site requests and available site preceptors for the various clinical courses, as well as continually evaluating current sites and developing new sites with available and competent preceptors. The COS acts as liaison to CPNW for PLU.

The COS is the primary contact between Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing and the CPNW Clinical Coordinator for the South Region, who coordinates with area health care agencies used for student clinical experiences. Responsibilities include initiating and maintaining clinical contracts, facilitating agency orientations, and troubleshooting clinical placement conflicts. The COS also works to identify appropriate community based clinical opportunities including but not limited to skilled nursing facilities, homecare/hospice, outpatient clinics, senior communities and other community based clinicals.

Following consultation with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the COS is responsible for negotiating and arranging clinical experiences through CPNW which meet the educational requirements for students in the nursing program.

The COS acts as a liaison to interpret and match the needs of students and instructors to agencies with appropriate learning experiences. The coordinator is responsible for complex communication and problem solving to maintain positive working relationships with a variety of contacts inside and outside the University. The COS functions from a solid understanding of nursing education and practice, combined with knowledge of the organizational environments where nurses practice.

The COS reports to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Nursing.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Student Clinical Needs: Accessing, Coordinating and Assigning.
  • Regulations: Identifying, Educating and Complying.
  • Data Management: Collecting, Organizing and Reporting.
  • Represent the SoN to CPNW.
  • Maintain current student/faculty clinical placement data.
  • Provide agency with student lists, verify student compliance, and provide agency with all required documentation, i.e. clinical passport and any other requirements.
  • Responsible for follow-up on paperwork for the student portion of the clinical placement process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Proficiency in use of software including MS Word, Google Docs, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sakai.
  • Basic database management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with the ability to interact with individuals at various levels throughout the university and outside agencies.
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with undergraduate program objectives, course sequencing and individual course clinical requirements.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex activities simultaneously and adapt to a fast paced dynamic environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and judgment.
  • Excellent understanding of confidentiality, use of discretion in communications, reporting lines, and policy/procedure.
  • Ability to utilize a team-based collaborative approach.
  • Ability to independently and proactively learn new technology applications for electronic data management and other applications.
  • Ability to ensure timeliness and proactively anticipate and manage all timeline requirements.
  • Integrity in all areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to maintain open, welcoming, and responsive communications in all interactions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Valid RN license.
  • Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background checks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Nursing experience.
  • Working knowledge of Pierce County Health Care Agencies, Practice Settings and Institutions.
  • Knowledge of clinical components of advanced practice nursing education.
  • Master’s degree in nursing.

Work Conditions:

  • Job is largely performed in an office setting.

Submit your application materials online to apply at: https://employment.plu.edu/postings/7013


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