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POST DATE 9/7/2016
END DATE 11/19/2016

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


We have the great privilege of helping patients and families re-build their lives. It's extraordinarily meaningful work and the reason we greet the day with optimism and anticipation. When patients \\"Ask for Mary,\\" they experience a culture that has been sculpted for more than a century. Our hallmark is to carefully listen to patients and innovatively serve them.

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital with 167 inpatient beds - 119 acute and 48 sub-acute. There are numerous outpatient programs as well as home and community services. With the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in Michigan and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation, Mary Free Bed physicians, nurses and therapists help our patients achieve outstanding clinical outcomes.

Mission Statement

Restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation.


The Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) provides development expertise for both licensed and unlicensed nursing staff by functioning as an educator, consultant, facilitator, change agent, and leader. The educator supports the development of the bedside nurse, and fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of evidenced based nursing practice. The educator supports maintenance of competency, and fosters empowerment to achieve excellence in the delivery of evidenced based nursing practice. The CNE utilizes the educational process of assessment of initial and ongoing learning needs; development, planning, and implementation of programs to meet the identified needs; and evaluation of programmatic and individual competency outcomes on the learner, patient care and the organization as well as continuing education and leadership development for nurses caring for those with physical disability and chronic illness. In addition, as a member of the Nursing Leadership Team, the CNE serves as role model of professional conduct and plays a vital role in creating a professional nursing climate at MFB to meet our diverse needs.

Registered Nurses at Mary Free Bed are a key member of the multi-disciplinary team that collaborates together to provide patient-centered care. Within the Nursing Department, RNs coordinate, direct, delegate, and provide care to multiple patients. Using a patient and family-centered care approach, each RN develops relationships with patients, families, and colleagues that enhance the quality of care provided. Nursing care is performed with compassion and courtesy, and each RN is responsible to follow departmental policies and service standards. Patient and family education is a primary focus of rehabilitation nursing, and is a critical aspect of the interdisciplinary team's efforts to assist patients to gain independence, apply adaptation strategies, and return to home.

Age Specific Responsibility: The CNE must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served. The CNE must demonstrate knowledge of growth and development principles over the life span continuum and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status relative to his or her age-specific needs, and provide the care needed appropriate to the age of the patients served. In addition, the CNE must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to interact appropriately, incorporating understanding of generational bias with the patients' family members, employees, and physicians.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

* Orientation: Designs programs to assess and develop competencies to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function in the rehabilitation setting. Coordinates orientation of new staff to the organization.

* Staff development: Assists the learner to apply theory to practice and to maintain and enhance competency. Assists learners in the assessment of needs and identification of outcomes. Develops/coordinates education plans related to initial and ongoing competency validation.

* Continuing education: Designs programs that enhance the practice of rehabilitation nursing; assists the learner to comply with licensure and certification requirements

* In-service education: Designs programs to increase competence in a specific area of practice, such as training in the use of new equipment and review of policies, procedures, and protocols that are required for the learner to function within a specified setting

* Patient education: Organizes patient education activities, instructs learners as to educational strategies, and/or assists in the development of patient education materials


* Designs educational offerings and learning experiences based on adult learning principles, current nursing theory, and the standards of rehabilitation nursing practice

* Providing an appropriate climate for learning, and facilitate the adult learning process by developing, planning, and presenting educational activities and directly or indirectly fostering the development of competence in the nursing staff

* Fosters a climate that promotes open communication and facilitates the professional growth of the learner

* Assisting learners to identify both their learning needs and the effective learning activities required to meet those needs while fostering a positive attitude about the benefits and opportunities of life-long learning.

* Identifies and secures appropriate equipment and materials required to meet the learner's needs effectively

* Addresses the staff development and in-service educational needs of individuals and groups

* Provides learning experiences that are consistent with expected educational outcomes

* Providing ongoing evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of the educational activities to ensure that they maintain and enhance professional development that promotes the delivery of cost-effective high quality healthcare.

* Considers factors related to safety, effectiveness, and cost in planning, delivering, and managing nursing professional development activities.

Record keeper

* Maintains educational records according to the requirements of organizational accrediting bodies and regulatory agencies

* Develops reports regarding the effectiveness of programs

* Provides a structure for disseminating appropriate educational information to individual learners, management, accrediting bodies, and regulating agencies

Role model

* Participates in the overall quality improvement process of the organization

* Demonstrates methods for gathering, evaluating, and applying research findings to rehabilitation nursing practice

* Demonstrates how to apply theoretical information to rehabilitation nursing practice

* Advocates for people with disabilities within the organization and the community at large

* Evaluation of his or her own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards, relevant statutes and regulations, and maintaining continuing professional nursing competence

* Maintaining clinical competence in their area of specialty

* Serves as a role model to promote excellence and safety

* Role models and promotes the concept of life long learning

Patient advocate

* Provides educational offerings that positively influence patient care outcomes

* Prepares practitioners to meet evolving healthcare trends while ensuring that practice is consistent with patients' rights

Team member

* Uses the consultation process to facilitate the achievement of the goals of the individual learner, the department, and the organization

* Uses interdisciplinary collaboration to meet the entire rehabilitation team's educational needs and to ensure the appropriate use of educational resources

* Modeling behaviors that reflect affiliations with professional organizations as well as the community

Nursing leader

* Acts as an agent of change