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Professional Development Specialist- Nursing

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Port Republic, NJ 08241
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AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Pomona, NJ



REQ_NUM: 07-27144

Department: Nursing Practice

Hours Per Week 40

Holidays Required? No

Job Category: Nursing

Location: Mainland Hospital

Weekends Required? No


The Professional Development Specialist uses knowledge and skills in adult learning theory, Caring Science theory, career development, Serving Leader, the practice environment and program management to support lifelong nursing professional development. This position demonstrates an expertise in nursing education while influencing the professional role competence and professional growth of nurses in a variety of settings. The Specialist leads change, both at the unit and organizational level. This position will inspire and develop creative and innovative approaches to addressing challenges and problem solving. This position exemplifies structural empowerment, transformational leadership, new knowledge and innovation, and exemplary professional practice, the tenants of a Magnet culture.

The Professional Development Specialist fosters critical thinking and creates an environment that promotes lifelong learning and discovery. This position will facilitate the proactive integration of technology to support clinical practice, while maximizing the efficiency of existing resources to deliver quality patient care.

The Professional Development Specialist supports organizational and unit specific goals by demonstrating a commitment to exemplary practice, continuing education, team work and cooperation. The Specialist demonstrates an active and engaged commitment to diversity, by working to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates and promotes respect for diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or citizenship in the organization. This position will actively participate in evidence-based and quality improvement activities, through the development and support of unit based PDCAs.

The Professional Development Specialist is actively involved in investigating, implementing and evaluating evidenced based practice and educates nurses to appropriately explore the best practice for their patients and the practice environment, and to generate new knowledge. This positon is also a leader in nursing research, evidence based practice and quality improvement activities, and promotes and supports organizational research activities.


EDUCATION: Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of New Jersey.Bachelors degree in nursing required. Masters degree in nursing required or actively enrolled in an accredited doctoral program with credit hours equivalent to a Masters degree within 2 years from date of hire or transfer.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Association for Nurses in Professional Development and should be within 2 years of hire. BLS required.

  • At least 5 years clinical experience required;
  • Expert knowledge of evidence based practice and the ability to teach- consistent with principles of adult learning required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as leadership skills required.
  • Proficiency in Clinical Applications preferred at time of hire;
  • Incumbents within position will be trained appropriately and skill will be required for this position within 60 days from date of hire.


Essential functions for this position are listed on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate nursing staff onboarding and transition to practice initiatives in compliance with ARMC policies and regulatory guidelines
  • Design, implement, and evaluate unit level orientation programs in consultation with leadership and staff
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies for specific patient populations in collaboration with staff and leadership
  • Develop, conduct, analyze, and prioritize organizational and unit specific education needs based on Learning Needs Assessment
  • Plan, design, implement, and evaluate education programs in compliance with the NJSNA provider unit policies and procedures
  • Systematically analyze education and professional development activities to identify opportunities
  • Create a safe and effective learning environment through proficient use of adult learning principles, communication skills, and teaching methods
  • Advocate for Nursing Professional Development programs that support the needs of the learner and the organization
  • Participate in evaluation of staff regarding knowledge, skills, and attitude (KSA)
  • Coordinate and evaluate academic partnerships and student clinical experiences
  • In collaboration with leadership, evaluate nursing practice in accordance with standards of nursing care and assist with implementation measures directed at improving quality

  • Build trust: interacts with others in a manner that instills confidence in the intentions of the organization and its leadership, acting as a role model of integrity and encouraging others to meet that standard.
  • Lead with vision and values: supports and sustains the Organizational and Nursing mission, vision, and values; instilling the same in staff and holding self and others accountable for service excellence.
  • Accept personal responsibility: for own professional development, including ANPD certification within 2 years and pursuit of role specific education.
  • Serve as a role-model and resource: for continued learning and professional self-development for staff and peers
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to ethical, cultural, and spiritual inclusion.
  • Engage in ethical decision-making and problem solving
  • Function as a change agent and leader
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Participate on organizational inter-professional committees to influence hospital wide educational initiatives.
  • Provide guidance and direction in planning, implementing, and evaluating simulation in the nursing practice environment.
  • Adhere to budget guidelines and demonstrate prudent resource utilization in planning and implementing educational activities.

  • Evaluates and communicates new employee progress to unit leadership
  • Collaborate with clinical manager to coach and counsel new employees when orientation goals not achieved and/or crucial conversations are had with orientee
  • Collaborate with/escalate to unit leadership when an employee cannot successfully complete the introductory period or should staff not complete required competencies and/or education.
  • Evaluate and respond when an educational deficit identified for individual or unit staff.
  • Promote a culture of error prevention, continual readiness, and translation of research to evidence-based practice and quality improvement; identifying and pursuing unit and organizational goals based on quality and safety metrics, to improve patient care.
  • Analyze unit specific quality data and creates PDCAs on relevant variances.
  • Provide guidance and direction in planning, implementing and evaluating comprehensive patient care, based on the assessment of patients physical, psychosocial and cultural needs, age, functional status, and customized plan of care
  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards/regulatory guidelines of nursing care/practice
  • Serve as a facilitator, innovator, problem solver regarding exemplary nursing care with direct involvement in nursing procedures, equipment, and standardizing care
  • Participate in efforts to promote problem solving of professional practice issues, professional development of staff, and performance improvement activities
  • Participate in clinical rounds and simulation activities to identify communication, practice and safety issues Program/ Project Management
  • Develop, plan, implement educational activities that are consistent with organizational mission, vision and goals.
  • Ability to evaluate outcomes (check cycle), including return on investment
  • Participatory support for regulatory and survey readiness activities.


Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens along with infectious diseases. Physical demands include but are not limited to consideration stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing heavy equipment and excessive standing and walking. Lifting approximately 25-50 lbs. frequently; lifting 50-100 lbs. with assistance occasionally


This position reports directly to department leadership and may supervise incumbents as assigned.


Posted: 2021-03-27 Expires: 2021-04-27

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