Nurse Trainer I

Full Time Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area Texas Health and Human Services

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Texas Health and Human Services is seeking candidates for a position of Nurse Trainer I on Full Time basis located at Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area. Do not forget to review the job posting carefully before apply online.

Job Title: Nurse Trainer I
Company Name: Texas Health and Human Services
Job Location: Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area
Job Type: Full Time
Job Category: Government Administration
Job Link Expiry: 2023-04-15
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Job Description

Nurse I

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The State Hospital System, under the HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and evidence-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team.

The Nurse Trainer conducts training to ensure nursing care and treatment is in accordance with acceptable medical and nursing standards. The Nurse Trainer reports directly to the Nurse Educator Works under moderate supervision from the Nurse Educator with use of initiative and independent judgment. Conducts classroom nursing orientation training, including training in electronic medical records, electronic order entry and other computer programs. Conducts on-unit training and competency assessment of nurses and psychiatric nursing assistants (PNAs) on all shifts and all units. Promotes, establishes, and maintains an environment conducive to learning. Works to ensure a high level of nursing competency so that safe, quality patient care is delivered. Designs, implements and evaluates curricula using adult learning principles for both general and specific nursing training. Conducts Annual Refresher Training and other refresher classes as needed and other continuing education programs or specialized training classes for nurses. Participates in planning, creation of, coordinating, and implementing hospital-wide nursing training special events. Conducts Joint Commission or other required accreditation training and assessments. Carries out coaching and mentoring visits with nurses during their probationary period as part of a competency assessment and employee retention process. Performs one to one interactions with nurses in order to assess training needs and provide individual training.

Arranges and conducts orientations, debriefings and tours for nursing students. Supports nursing performance improvement initiative and participates in QI audits. Maintains current knowledge of nursing procedures and policies. Duties, location or work, and shift are flexible as required to meet the training needs of nurses on all shifts. Duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Maintains current state of Texas nursing license. May be required to provide coverage on the service areas.

Essential Job Functions

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

EJF 1: Conducts nursing pre-service classroom training.

EJF 2: Participates in implementing the nursing competency assessment program on all shifts and all units to ensure a high level of nursing competency so that safe, quality patient care is delivered.

EJF 3: Conducts training of electronic medical records, electronic order entry and other electronic programs.

EJF 4: Communication and Interpersonal Skills Demonstrates respect for and consideration of others in relations with patients, visitors, and all staff with the organization, while contributing to a social environment in which respectful behavior pervades all aspects of the organization. Supports nursing performance improvement to improve patient care delivery.

EJF 5: Develops and conducts training, curriculum, and other continuing educational programs for nursing series employees.

EJF 6: Coordinates the medication error reporting process.

EJF 7: Maintains accurate and up-to-date pre-service and competency-based training records.

EJF 8: Is educationally prepared to deliver nursing care to state hospital patients, completes required training, and demonstrates competencies as required.

Knowledge Skills Abilities

Knowledge of: adult learning principles, current nursing standards of care; Texas Nursing Practice Act, Rules and Regulations of the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas and laws governing public health, and psychiatric hospital operations; current management principles and techniques; and human behavior, social interaction, and basic interpersonal relations theories. Good comprehension of Computer Applications used at Austin State Hospital: AVATAR, MediMAR, Microsoft Office.

Skills: Basic nursing skills including health assessment and recovery planning; and advanced skills in the nursing process including formulating nursing diagnoses or problem lists from assessment data; skills in applying advanced management and supervisory techniques; implementing continuous performance improvement principles. High level of organizational skills as well as the ability to quickly adapt to new computer programs or devices.

Ability to: address unique learning needs and plan innovative teaching strategies; to prepare and maintain records; to organize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing activities; and to interpret policies and procedures. Ability to obtain certification for Basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and to complete Therapeutic Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS).

Registration Or Licensure Requirements

Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact, or possess a temporary permit to practice nursing in the State of Texas. A Graduate Nurse from an accredited RN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while awaiting licensure.

Initial Selection Criteria

Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact, or possess a temporary permit to practice nursing in the State of Texas. A Graduate Nurse from an accredited RN program with a valid permit to practice in the State of Texas while awaiting licensure.

Additional Information

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Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.

COVID-19 Precaution(s)

Personal protective equipment required and provided

Temperature screenings

Social distancing guidelines in place

Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Vaccines available for employees

MOS Code

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 42A, YN, 0111, 3A1X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at

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