Clinical Practice Education Specialist

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7116679 (Ref:10018448)

Posted: November 23, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution.  AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities.  Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding.  We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The Clinical Practice Education Specialist (CPES) is a Registered Nurse who has acquired advanced, in-depth knowledge and expertise.  The CPES functions as a nurse educator and clinical expert. In addition, the CPES will function as a clinician, consultant, leader and researcher. 

The CPES educates nurses and patient care services (PCS) constituents by assessing, conceptualizing, diagnosing and analyzing complex clinical and non-clinical issues related to the continuum of cancer care.  S/he will help constituents carry out the nursing process, develop a plan of care and related interventions and evaluate the patient’s response to care.  The CPES promotes and supports the professional growth and development of individual practitioners and thereby supports the mission, vision and values of the Department of Nursing and the City of Hope National Medical Center.

The CPES works as part of team to provide educational and other services to a defined population of nurses and their patients and families.  The CPES will provide nursing education to support the standards of The Joint Commission and other regulatory bodies.

Key Responsibilities include:

The Clinical Practice Education Specialist (CPES) is a Registered Nurse who has acquired advanced, in-depth knowledge and expertise.  The CPES functions as a nurse educator and clinical expert. In addition, the CPES will function as a clinician, consultant, leader and researcher. 

The CPES educates nurses and patient care services (PCS) constituents by assessing, conceptualizing, diagnosing and analyzing complex clinical and non-clinical issues related to the continuum of cancer care.  S/he will help constituents carry out the nursing process, develop a plan of care and related interventions and evaluate the patient’s response to care.  The CPES promotes and supports the professional growth and development of individual practitioners and thereby supports the mission, vision and values of the Department of Nursing and the City of Hope National Medical Center.

The CPES works as part of team to provide educational and other services to a defined population of nurses and their patients and families.  The CPES will provide nursing education to support the standards of The Joint Commission and other regulatory bodies.

Clinical Nursing Practice:

  • Models excellence in nursing practice using scientific knowledge and advanced concepts in the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of actual or potential problems in the oncology patient population.
  • Promotes patient care services that are efficient, safe, reliable, courteous and timely.
  • Ensures staff competence appropriate to their role and function in population specific care.
  • Proactively identifies opportunities and investigates solutions to assure the provision of state-of-the-art nursing care and associated outcomes.
  • Influences patient outcomes through the translation, implementation and integration of evidence-based practice (EBP) into daily operational and patient care activities.
  • Collaborates and consults with nurses and others to influence nursing practices and improve care outcomes within a specific unit or service and/or across Nursing and Patient Care Services (NPCNS).
  • Acts as a key stake holder and decision maker for the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care, policies, guidelines and the introduction of new equipment and technology at the point of care.
  • May provide direct patient care, consult with other nurses or clinical staff about specific patients, and make recommendations for interventions and plan of care.
  • Assumes accountability for unit based, department wide or institutional clinical practice roles.

Education:

  • Provides education to staff and patients, and families based on advanced practice knowledge of oncology nursing care and the principles of adult learning.
  • Proactively assesses learning needs and develops, evaluates, and modifies NPCNS orientation and educational programs and initiatives that ensure ongoing competence of all levels of nursing staff.
  • Designs and evaluates educational programs and initiatives that are congruent with COH’s strategic plan, NPCNS priorities, regulatory requirements and oncology nursing standards.
  • Designs and implements clinical and professional competency programs and other educational activities in collaboration with nursing staff and leaders.
  • Participates in local and national professional activities and organizations to promote the educational and professional growth of self and others within COH and the community.

Consultation, Mentorship, and Coaching:

  • Works collaboratively with other departments and disciplines on projects, initiatives and programs to meet the goals of COH and promotes excellence in care delivery and outcomes.
  • Is a clinical resource and consultant to all of COH nursing community regarding clinical policies, standards and guidelines of care.
  • Provides clinical expertise in the development and implementation of nursing clinical policy, procedure and standard processes and contributes to relevant committees and work teams.
  • Mentors and supports the professional growth and development of nurses, other NPCNS staff and students.
  • Provides constructive and productive feedback to staff and escalates potential practice and safety concerns to the appropriate nurse leader
  • Contributes and participates in evaluation process for clinical staff and contributes to action plans and goals as indicated.

Research and Quality:

  • Assesses quality of care and patient outcomes.
  • Implements evidence based practices at the unit level with NPCNS staff.
  • Identifies clinical practice problems, reviews literature and provides clinical support to staff and leaders to implement EBP solutions.
  • Participates in research activities that expand the scientific base of nursing practice knowledge.
  • Coaches others to/Disseminates work related to research, EBP and quality improvement initiatives.

Leadership:

  • Contributes to the creation of an environment that stimulates continuous self-learning, positive group processes, reflective practice, and the empowerment of others.
  • Models constructive and mutually respectful relationships with colleagues.
  • Fosters an environment that is sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, and age.
  • Participates in goal-defining processes and systems changes to promote best practices
  • Functions as a change agent, to implement, evaluate and promote nursing care and systems that are safe, cost effective and evidence based.
  • Partners with leaders in clinical areas to establish goals and then develop, implement and evaluate strategies consistent with institutional and departmental goals.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.  Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Leadership Team

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing
  • 3 years oncology experience or applicable experience in area of specialty
  • Clinical expertise in oncology nursing.
  • Ability to work as an effective member of an interprofessional team.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Program or project development experience.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to make independent decisions.
  • Identifies personal, clinical and leadership strengths and areas for growth, formulating professional goals, objectives and methods for accomplishment
  • Compliance with accepted standards of professional nursing practice and all licensure and registration requirements applicable to the nursing role.
  • Demonstrates understanding of special needs and behaviors of age groups of the population served

Required Certification/Licensure:

  • Current California RN license and Specialty Certification as defined/required for role: COH (Nursing Excellence Department and HR) maintain a list of approved certifications which is a subset of ANCC Magnet-recognized certifications as updated in ANCC Demographic Data Collection Tool® (DDCT).

Additional Information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.


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