208340 Education Lead Full Time Days - #1672126

Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Wheaton, IL
Contract type: Full time

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


The Education Lead reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Education Lead demonstrates exemplary direct patient care and assists with formal, informal staff education and orientation under the direction of the Nursing Professional Development department. This position identifies educational needs in collaboration with the nurse manager, clinical shift coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Disseminates educational material, leads training sessions on units and participates in learning effectiveness evaluation.  


Staff education and development:

  • Integrates Nurses Standard and Scope of Rehabilitation Nursing Practice, evidence based practice principles, and clinical expertise in nursing practice into educational experiences. 
  • Assists with coordinating and participates in unit specific orientation process in conjunction with the nurse manager, clinical coordinator peers and the Department of Professional Development.
  • Participates in formal and informal education of the staff, including nurses, assistive personnel, including off shifts and weekends.
  • Assists with coordinating mandatory education activities, including annual clinical competency evaluations on the clinical unit.
  • Collaborates with nurse manager, Department of Professional Development on individual developmental plans for staff, as appropriate.
  • Supports the integration of research and evidence based practice into clinical practice.
  • Collaborates with nursing leadership and Professional Development Department on educational needs due to gaps in practice, quality metrics or changing patient populations on clinical units.
  • Serves as a mentor and resource to the clinical staff to support ongoing development critical judgement of clinical nurses. 
  • Participates in unit/departmental/divisional or hospital committees/task forces as assigned.
  • Serves as an Epic and technology superuser.
  • Remains clinically proficient within area of expertise. 

Staff Nurse Inpatient Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for the complete nursing process, which includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, teaching, evaluation and documentation of patient care from a patient’s admission through discharge.
  • Integrates contributions of interdisciplinary team to assure best possible outcomes are achieved.
  • Supervises and maintains a professional relationship with licensed and unlicensed assistive personnel.

Clinical Practice:

  • Utilizes the nursing process to provide coordinated patient care.
  • Delivers holistic care by demonstrating involvement of the patient and their family in a plan of care that is culturally sensitive.
  • Adheres to hospital and nursing department philosophies and policies.
  • Utilizes the documentation system to accurately reflect patient care planned for and delivered, as per policy and protocol.
  • Applies current technology, competencies and theory in the delivery of care.
  • Participates in meeting patient care needs which will ultimately improve team effectiveness.


  • Assumes leadership role with healthcare team members to provide patient care.
  • Directs patient care activities and delegates to other staff members appropriate activities in accordance with job description of those staff members.
  • Assures quality of patient care by seeking counsel/collaboration with personnel who have specialized level of skill.
  • Works effectively with the interprofessional team to reinforce, collaborate and have goal directed interactions.

Evaluation and Delivery of Care:

  • Evaluates patient status and provides appropriate goal setting.
  • Applies evidence-based practice to care delivery.
  • Improves patient care and/or hospital systems by utilizing quality measurement improvement data.

Infection Control/Patient Safety:

  • Contributes to the safe, effective and professional delivery of care including use of safety/restrictive devices.
  • Follows Infection Control policies and procedures.
  • Maintains knowledge of policies concerning precautions, codes, conditions, warning and general safety procedures.


  • Communicates effectively with patients and care givers at levels appropriate to their age, cognitive status and language abilities and informs them of necessary information related to their diagnoses, functional level and discharge instructions.
  • Communicates patient care needs including change of status, using SBAR, to Medical Staff and members of the interdisciplinary team with an appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Appropriately uses chain of command.
  • Participates in team conferences and professional and organization meetings.

Adaptability and Flexibility:

  • Rotates to all units based on patient care needs.
  • Adjusts to changes in policy and procedure, unit and patient populations.

Professional Development:

  • Complies with CE requirement for license renewal as determined by the State of Illinois. Participates in educational activities offered.
  • Attends outside continuing education workshops and shares knowledge obtained with interprofessional team and applies new information in practice.


  • Current license as a Registered Nurse State of Illinois Professional Nurse
  • BLS
  • BSN with a minimum of two years of related clinical experience
  • Analytical skills necessary to assess a patient’s condition and utilize the nursing process and professional judgment in providing comprehensive patient care.
  • Ability to interact with patients, families, medical personnel and other members of the health care team. Ability to perform effectively and efficiently in stressful, urgent situations.
  • Cognizant of customer needs related to culture, age, developmental level and diagnoses. Strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • MSN
  • Certification in area of clinical specialty
  • Membership in Professional Nursing Organization

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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