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ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NURSING LEARNING CENTER, School of Nursing
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Location: St. Paul (Roseville), Minnesota
Type: Full Time
Faculty Careers - Health Professions
Faculty Careers - Other
The University of Northwestern – St. Paul seeks an engaging teacher and emerging scholar with a strong clinical background to join its full-time faculty beginning in Fall 2023. A master’s degree in Nursing and three years of RN experience is required. At least two years of teaching experience is preferred as well as experience in overseeing, coordinating, and troubleshooting operations in learning center simulations. Individuals must hold an unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state of Minnesota upon assumption of duties. The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program which leads to licensure in the state of Minnesota and includes focused preparation in transcultural nursing.
University of Northwestern – St. Paul, a private, comprehensive, Christian university committed to providing Christ-centered education, is located on a 100-acre suburban campus just north of the Twin Cities. The School of Nursing NCLEX pass rate since the inception of the program is 96%. Students in the program complete a wide variety of clinical experiences within the vibrant Minnesota health care community. The Nursing Learning Center provides students with learning opportunities through practical skill and simulation training. Candidates for the position must be able to engage with undergraduate learners at all levels of skill development and demonstrate an openness to work with a variety of instructional technologies related to simulation training.
Essential job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Meet University and SON Faculty requirements in the areas of Qualifications, Service, Advising, Scholarship (Scholarship of Teaching, Practice, and Discovery/Inquiry), and Integration of Faith and Learning.
Support and accept the mission and philosophy of the University and the SON.
Abide by all University and SON policies.
Uphold University contracts with healthcare agencies (i.e. Fairview) and other SON agencies/partners (i.e. ATI, Laerdal).
Represent the University and SON in a positive light when interacting with internal and external communities of interest and healthcare partners.
Serve on and chair University and Faculty Committees, as elected.
Participate in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of SON program offerings.
Contribute to meeting the established Purposes of the School of Nursing.
Follow and assume responsibilities within the SON’s Systematic Evaluation Plan for comprehensive review of program offerings.
Participate in the SON’s Standing and Special Committees (Task Forces/Ad Hoc).
Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the SON curriculum.
Report to the Nursing Learning Center (NLC) Director all incidents or serious problems occurring related to students and students’ wellbeing.
Assess for potential resources (i.e. potential adjuncts, community partners, donors) that could enhance program offerings.
Assist in student recruitment and admission activities as needed within the SON.
Nursing Learning Center (NLC) Service Responsibilities:
Maintain a clean, fully equipped Nursing Learning Center (NLC).
Maintain flexible hours (evenings and weekend coverage, as needed).
Assist in procurement of required NLC supplies, equipment, and resources; maintain inventory.
Prepare for skills lab demonstrations and simulation learning activities, in coordination with the NLC Director, SON faculty, and NLC staff.
Maintain lab and simulation equipment to include upkeep and maintenance schedules.
Work as needed with NLC Director, Audio Visual and Information Technology Departments, and Laerdal Technicians in maintaining simulation equipment.
Prepare room set-up and clean-up for demonstration of clinical procedures and practice.
Participate in all required NLC operations during scheduled frontloading weeks.
Recommend to the NLC Director purchases of lab equipment and supplies.
Participate in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of SONNLC offerings.
Participate in the orientation of new students and faculty to the NLC.
Participate in the gathering of and analysis of NLC data for systematic evaluation and accreditation purposes.
Serve as a resource and role model for students.
Assess, refer or report to proper office and follow-up on all students who need tutoring, remedial help, counseling services and/or other supportive services.
Maintain confidential student records.
Scholarship of Teaching Responsibilities:
Create an enriching environment where learning can occur.
Supervise and evaluate student learning in laboratory and simulation and clinical areas.
Assume responsibility for allocated teaching assignments, working directly with and in close collaboration with the NLC Director and as necessary, with other subject matter experts.
Evaluate student assignments and Competency Performance Simulation Assessments (CPSAs), using NLC-approved grading rubrics, upholding grading policies of the SON.
Participate in the selection, use, and evaluation of student learning activities, audiovisual materials, textbooks, library resources, computer software, and other materials to facilitate student learning.
Maintain up-to-date files on all details of the portion of the teaching program delegated to him/her. The file remains a part of the SON on termination of contract.
Participate in creation and implementation of clinically based integrated simulations in the NLC.
Scholarship of Practice (Application) Responsibilities:
Maintain or upgrade clinical competence in clinical teaching areas.
Scholarship of Discovery and Inquiry Responsibilities:
Maintain education competence.
Use evidence-based practice and best-education principles for improvement of laboratory and clinical teaching.
Integration of Faith and Learning:
Because our community is a significant part of our mission and the development of our students, all employees act as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ by actively partnering with the University to disciple students in growing intellectually and spiritually, and with Northwestern Media to lead people to Christ and nurture believers to mature in their faith.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Education: hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university, or the equivalent if degree is from a foreign country.
Experience: two years of teaching excellence preferred; demonstrated clinical experience; experience in overseeing, coordinating, and troubleshooting operations in learning center simulations required; minimum of three years of RN experience.
Licensure: possession of an unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state of Minnesota upon assumption of duties.
Scholarship: demonstrated leadership ability, membership and active participation in professional nursing organizations.
Character: Character: Christian character; adhere to professional standards of nursing; uphold university mission; uphold Minnesota Nurse Practice Act.
Maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintain a kind, Christ-like attitude in dealing with and ministering to people within and outside of Northwestern; and faithfully uphold and embrace Northwestern’s mission, doctrinal statement and Declaration of Christian Community.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Ability to integrate Christian worldview into classroom instruction
Ability to interact with a variety of individuals in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner
Ability to remain current in the field of nursing
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational and problem solving skills
Knowledge and understanding of basic computer skills; ability to type accurately and use computer to carry out various job responsibilities
Understanding of and agreement with Northwestern’s Declaration of Christian Community and Doctrinal Statement is essential
Ability to pass a background check upon hire and periodically throughout the course of employment
The work environment involves working for a suburban, Christian university, working alongside those with a demonstrated commitment and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a commitment to the mission and values of the University, and an agreement to abide by all University policies.
The aforementioned statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position along with the duties listed in the Faculty Handbook. Job incumbents may be asked to perform tasks not specifically addressed in this job description.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northwestern is an intentional community of faith, living, and learning located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1902, Northwestern has been committed to providing Christ-centered, academically excellent education for men and women from around the world. Northwestern’s 100-acre campus is nestled along the shores of Lake Johanna. The downtown areas of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis can be reached within 15 minutes, providing easy access to hundreds of cultural and recreational activities in the Twin Cities.