Reporting directly to the Campus Associate Dean Nursing Academics (theory) or Manager Clinical Faculty (clinical), the Instructor I, Nursing (Undergraduate) supports the University in fulfillment of its mission, purpose and goals. Focuses extensively on facilitating student learning associated with prescribed course and program learning outcomes. Provides professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor, and facilitator. Creates an educational environment which fosters innovation, responsiveness, and accountability. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals in order to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace and placement expectations. Actively and substantively participates in assessment of student learning activities to maximize the potential for students to learn what is necessary to meet prescribed outcomes. Vigorously upholds a culture of academic integrity.
Fulfills assigned teaching load.
Participates in and contributes to assessment activities of courses/curriculum and program via a continuous improvement plan as set forth by the University.
Regularly contributes to improvement of class materials and syllabi within prescribed shared governance culture.
Utilizes a variety of teaching methodologies to instruct students, always with intent to facilitate observable evidence of student fulfillment of prescribed learning outcomes.
Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching, the teaching/learning process and for individual students. Keeps regular approved office hours (for full-time faculty).
Follows established University protocols for providing timely feedback and/or academic advising (student Letters of Concern, etc.).
Capable of competence in teaching skills as demonstrated by:
• Student evaluations
• peer evaluations, if assigned
• administration reviews
• evidence of student achievement of course student learning outcomes.
Mentors and takes an active interest in students
Assumes complete responsibility for students in the clinical facilities. Clarifies clinical expectations with students.
Clarifies student placement and expectations with clinical facility staff.
Utilizes care planning time to direct students to available resources needed for clinical preparation. Assesses student knowledge and skill level to ensure safety and optimal care to patients.
Coordinates a plan to best instruct, observe, and evaluate student learning and clinical practical skills in direct clinical care setting related to area of instruction.
Utilizes pre and post conference to allow students an opportunity to share learned experiences. Correlates weekly theory content with clinical objectives and experiences.
Provides feedback of clinical performance immediately after observation of event and, of overall performance at midterm and end of semester.
Provides effective academic counseling for assigned clinical students. Provides continual and immediate feedback to students in a private setting.
Identifies verbal and nonverbal behaviors indicative of the need for student counseling. Encourages the student to use problem solving techniques.
Establishes/maintains office hours or appointments at times accessible to students.
Establishes and maintains communication l between the clinical facilities manager, staff and WCU. Apprises clinical partner staff of student objectives in each clinical area.
Works with clinical partner staff to clarify policies and procedures specific to facility.
Validates with clinical partner staff the effectiveness of student placement and progress in meeting mutually established objectives.
Attends Program Advisory Committee meetings.
Must have the minimum higher education background required by the program. Must provide a documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments including, but not limited to: education theory and practice, current concepts relative to specific subjects one will be teaching, current clinical practice experience or distance education techniques and delivery.
Master’s degree in specialty field required.
Graduates from the West Coast University Master of Science in Nursing program, who meet the minimum experience requirement as a registered nurse, are eligible for consideration as a clinical faculty immediately following graduation.
If applicable, certification(s) in area(s) of specialization required.
In California, must meet Board of Registered Nursing requirements as stipulated in their statues:
Section 1425(c) states, " An instructor shall meet the following minimum qualifications: 1425(a)(1) A Master or higher degree from an accredited college or university which includes course work in nursing, education, or administration. If degree other than in nursing submit information verifying course work in nursing education."
1425(c)(3) Completion of at least one (1) years’ experience teaching courses related to registered nursing or completion of a post-baccalaureate course which includes PRACTICE IN TEACHING REGISTERED NURSING. Submit official course description to verify course content.
1425(c)(2) Direct patient care experience within the previous five (5) years in the nursing area to which he or she is assigned, which can be met by: (A) One (1) year's continuous, full-time or its equivalent experience providing direct patient care as a registered nurse in the designated nursing area; or (B) One (1) academic year or of registered nurse level clinical teaching experience in the designated nursing area or its equivalent.
Current unencumbered Registered Nurse License required; other current professional licensure by state or national board if applicable (e.g., FNP).
Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by the state Board of Nursing for nursing faculty if required for assigned subject matter instruction.
Current CPR card.
Clinical RN - Must have approval by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) (if required by the state) prior to assuming the role of clinical faculty member.
Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accrediting body that West Coast University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents.
Must maintain any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
Current certification in basic life support procedures including healthcare provide CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator.
Health certifications for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Category I classified position (potential for exposure to infectious diseases at work). As an essential component of the West Coast University infection-control program immunizations and tuberculosis clearance documentation is required in accordance with current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA recommendations and guidelines for Health-Care Personnel. Below are health certification details which are subject to change as required by OSHA and CDC.
Immunizations - based on the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Personnel (HCP),
all HCPs must submit documentation of immunization to Hepatitis B (HB) (series of three doses with anti- HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3), proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, or a signed declination; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chickenpox); and Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (booster every 10 years). Highly recommended immunizations for the HCP include COVID-19, Influenza (yearly), Hepatitis A, and Pneumonia. For some individuals, a titer test will be indicated vs. vaccinations. Titer tests showing immunity to listed pathogens are acceptable. Titer tests showing a negative response require appropriate immunizations and follow-up titers must be completed and submitted. If one or more of the listed immunizations are contraindicated, documentation must be submitted clearly identifying the reason(s). Clinical laboratory reports with facility stamp and medical doctor’s signature are required.
Tuberculosis Clearance – the CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings are intended to protect the HCP and patients.
Two Options (consult with supervisor for specific program requirements):
(1) The TB screening program consists of two major components: (1) baseline single test for M. tuberculosis infection and (2) serial testing/screening for M. tuberculosis infection. The HCP must have a baseline single test followed by serial skin testing once per year. If the HCP has a baseline positive result or has previously had a positive result, a chest radiograph must be completed to exclude a diagnosis of TB disease. Thereafter, every year the HCP must receive a symptom screen.
(2) The TB blood test (also called interferon-gamma release assays or IGRAs) measures how the immune system reacts to the bacteria that cause TB. An IGRA measures how strong a person’s immune system reacts to TB bacteria by testing the person’s blood in a laboratory. IGRAs are the preferred method of TB infection testing for people who have received bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) as this is a vaccine for TB disease. There is no problem with repeated IGRAs. Two IGRAs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are available in the United States: (1) QuantiFERON®–TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and (2) T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot). Positive IGRA: This means that the HCP has been infected with TB bacteria. Additional tests are needed to determine if the HCP has latent TB infection or TB disease. A health care worker will then provide treatment as needed. Negative IGRA: This means that the HCP’s blood did not react to the test and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely.
One year or less experience in teaching in a university or college setting required as defined by University’s faculty handbook.
Working with online learning management systems to further engage the student learning process desirable.
Knowledge of state, federal and local laws/regulations relating to programs, governmental compliance and other regulatory standards such as state Board of Nursing, Commission on Dental Accreditation, state Dental Hygiene Committee, state Dental board, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) or other regulators and/or accreditation bodies.
Clinical RN - Must have a minimum of two (2) year’s prior experience as a registered nurse providing direct patient care and have a minimum of one year experience in the field in which they teach.