Clinical Professional Development Educator / Surgical Services - Ocala Regional Medical Center

HCA Ocala , FL 34470

Posted 4 weeks ago

Ocala Health encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 222-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 174-bed hospital located in west Marion County, and Summerfield ER, a freestanding emergency department located in southern Marion County. Ocala Health has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer center in Marion County. The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services, and bariatric surgery. Ocala Regional Medical Center is also a Level II Trauma Center and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Ocala Health's outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of six locations throughout Marion County; Advanced Imaging Centers; a freestanding Wound and Hyperbaric Center; a Senior Wellness Community Center; and two surgical and physician specialty practices.

The Clinical Professional Development Educator (CPDE) is responsible for enhancing professional practice and the provision of quality patient care by providing evidence-based, quality educational programs and activities that promote professional competency for nursing, inter-professional and non-licensed clinical staff at assigned facility.


The CPDE actively collaborates in the entire orientation/onboarding process. This includes participating in the development, coordination, managing, facilitating, conducting, and evaluating on-boarding and orientation programs for nursing and other healthcare personnel. To meet this expectation includes the following:

  • Provides orientation/onboarding programs to promote employee retention

  • Conducts orientation in a manner that facilitates a positive learning environment

  • Promotes cost effectiveness through implementation of efficient orientation/onboarding practices

  • Role models organizational and personal commitment to new employee success

  • Collaborates with the Education Coordinator the logistics of orientation to keep all stakeholders inform

  • Collaborates with the Director Clinical Professional Development to adjust the program based on evaluation results

  • Incorporates organizational values/culture

Competency Management

The CPDE is responsible to have the expertise in competency assessment in order to participate in the development, coordination, and managing, facilitating, conducting, and evaluating competency. To meet this expectation includes the following:

  • Comprehends and interprets competencies to staff

  • Role models competent practice

  • Identifies learning needs of staff

  • Assesses practice gaps comparing competencies to actual practice

  • Plans educational content with learner engagement

  • Collaborates with the Clinical Education Market Director to review outcomes data to evaluate and refine competency management activities.

  • Identifies appropriate resources for problem solving


Education is designed to improve professional practice and provision of quality care. To accomplish this goal the CPDS participates in designing and identifying educational activities to address practice gaps for identified target audiences, which may include licensed and non-licensed healthcare personal in alignment with HCA and division clinical education request and development processes. These activities are developed to achieve specific outcomes related to identified deficits or opportunities for improvement in knowledge, skill and practice. To meet this expectation includes the following:

  • Assesses practice gaps.

  • Identifies learning needs.

  • Identifies desired outcomes

  • Plans educational content delivery with learner engagement.

  • Collaborates with Clinical Education Market Director to evaluate and adjust educational programs based on evaluations and feedback

  • Promotes safe, quality and compassionate patient care.

  • Aligns educational programs with organization's policies and procedures

  • Ensures that educational programs meet regulatory requirements.

  • Understands adult educational theory and able to apply to the development of educational programs.

  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to apply evaluation methodologies, (i.e., Kirkpatrick) into courses and curriculum to refine clinical programs.

  • Incorporates organizational values/culture.

  • Supports new ideas and innovation in educational design.

  • Identifies resources for problem solving.

  • Utilizes current, best evidence.

  • Provides staff with resources and education to implement changes

Research Evidence-based Practice (EBP)/Quality Improvement (QI)

The CPDE must promote and integrate the EBP in order to continuously improve practice. In addition, they promote research, EBP, and QI in patient care settings. CPDS may conduct, encourage, facilitate, and/or participate in research, EBP, and QI, including dissemination of findings. To meet this expectation includes the following:

  • Works with others to identify problems and solutions and collaboratively create the change strategy

  • Assists in the implementation of change strategies

  • Embraces meaningful change and fosters acceptance, adoption and action toward change in others

  • Identifies appropriate evidence to guide practice decisions

  • Creates a supportive environment for nursing research, scientific inquiry, quality improvement and evidenced-base practice

  • Supports research activities that align with the organizational strategic plan

  • Disseminates research findings through educational programs, courses, and other activities

  • Consistently maintains and sustain practice changes using principles of implementation science

  • Exhibits creativity and flexibility through times of change

Collaborative Partnerships

  • The CPDE collaborates with partners to share experience in planning and decision making to achieve the desired results. Interprofessional collaboration involves multiple healthcare personnel from different professional backgrounds collaborating to deliver the highest quality.

  • Works collaboratively with interprofessional teams as assigned.

  • Identifies opportunities for collaboration; initiates collaborative efforts i.e., facility Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Associate CNO and Nursing Directors

  • Considers and communicates impact of activities on other departments/professions/community

  • Demonstrates the ability to utilize evidence-based simulation models to design, implement, evaluate, and standardize educational programs for staff in the use of clinical simulation, debriefing and assessment.

  • Communicates professionally using appropriate methods

  • Collaborates with the Market Director, Clinical Professional Development on a regular basis to review outcomes data to evaluate and refine educational activities.

  • Contributes to organizational initiatives/strategic planning as appropriate


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Education or other clinical-related field required.

  • Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Education or other clinical field preferred.


  • 3 years' experience in clinical education required

  • 5 years' RN experience in an acute care hospital setting required

Licensure, Certifications:

  • Currently licensed as appropriate to education in the state(s) in which he/she practices, in accordance with law and regulation

  • Certification as NPD PR actioner and/or clinical certification as recognized by American Nurse Credentialing Center

  • AHA BLS Certified required

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