Title: Nurse Education Coordinator
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Bureau of Health Professions Licensure is comprised of the ten Boards of Registration and Certification and the Drug Control Program and Prescription Monitoring Program. The Board of Registration in Nursing for the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented nurse to serve as the Nursing Education Coordinator. The selected candidate will direct and evaluate the implementation of Board of Registration in Nursing rules and regulations for all nursing education programs leading to initial licensure as a professional or practical nurse. Additionally, the incumbent will coordinate all aspects of the initial nurse licensure by exam process and provide expert consultation and advice to the board members on all matters concerning entry-level nursing education and examination for initial licensure. Candidates should possess exceptional organizational skills, strong computer skills for data analysis, as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensures that all Board laws, regulations, policies and recommendations regarding entry-level nursing education and initial nurse licensure by examination are accurately communicated to all appropriate parties.
- Conducts regularly scheduled surveys of all Board-approved nursing education programs according to Board regulations, policies and guidelines to evaluate the program’s regulatory compliance.
- Conducts meetings with administration of the parent institution and the program, and nursing faculty. Surveys facilities. Prepares evidence-based reports with regulation-based recommendations to the Board for action related to the program’s approval status.
- Guides and directs the establishment of new nursing education programs leading to initial nurse licensure according to Board regulations, policies and guidelines.
- Evaluates institutional applications for Board-approval to establish a nursing education program leading to initial nurse licensure.
- Evaluates proposed changes to Board-approved nursing education programs for regulatory compliance and makes regulation-based recommendations to the Board for action.
- Conducts meetings with program administration and nursing faculty. Prepares evidence-based reports with regulation-based recommendations to the Board for action.
- Analyzes annual reports submitted by nurse administrators of all Board-approved nursing education programs for regulatory compliance. Prepares reports with regulation-based recommendations to the Board for action regarding the program’s approval status.
- Compiles, maintains and analyzes statewide statistics on admissions, enrollments and graduates.
- Oversees initial nurse licensure by examination application processes and functions.
- Compiles, maintains and analyzes quarterly and annual licensure examination performance by Board-approved nursing education programs.
- Communicates national, state and program NCLEX pass rates to Board and to each Board-approved program. Makes recommendations to Board for review of program approval based on ongoing annual NCLEX pass rate less than 80%.
- Initiates and coordinates special projects and research studies related to patient care, entry-level nursing education and NCLEX performance.
- Serves as the Board’s representative to other state regulatory agencies, to the legislature and professional associations and organizations on matters related to entry-level nursing education and initial nurse licensure by examination.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas, with at least eight years of full-time, professional experience as a registered nurse, of which at least five have been in an administrative or teaching capacity in a recognized nursing education program and possess the following:
- Advanced understanding of principles and practices of nursing and nursing education, including curriculum development, organization and evaluation.
- Demonstrated ability to develop program standards, laws and regulations.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and professional standards, laws and regulations.
- Ability to consistently exercise independent judgment, maintain objectivity and to be adaptable and flexible.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, experience and expertise.
- Effective listening and interviewing techniques.
- Computer literacy and basic knowledge of research principles.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze current trends and issues within the health care delivery system as these relate to nursing practice and education.
- Ability to explain, understand, and apply the laws, rules and regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards, and guidelines governing agency operation and assigned unit activities.
- Ability to maintain accurate records.
- Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals, and by examining records and documents.
- Ability to participate in a multi-disciplinary health care team.
- Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to prepare general and statistical reports.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of medical data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
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