Duke University Health System Job Description:

Job Title: CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR  Job Code: 5021 
FLSA: Pay Target: F3 
Date: 07/01/2014   Supervisory Responsibility: No 

General Description of the Job Class

The Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) across the entities of Duke Medicine by providing staff development expertise as an educator, consultant, facilitator, change agent, leaders and researcher. Each supports the development of the bedside nurse, and fosters empowerment through knowledge to achieve excellence through the delivery of evidenced based nursing practice. This occurs through the facilitation of the educational process through assessment, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of competency assessment, continuing education and leadership development. In addition, as a role model of professional behavior, the CNE is instrumental in creating a professional nursing climate within Duke Medicine to meet the needs of the diverse units within DUHS and the global needs of Duke Medicine. Must be able to withstand physical activity which includes the ability to move or lift at least 50 pounds. Travel may be required to facilitate collaboration with entities across Duke Medicine.


Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Educator: - Conducts needs assessments using a variety of strategic tools

- Assists learners in the assessment of needs and identification of outcomes

- Incorporates principles of adult learning in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of education programs

- Coordinates orientation of new staff to the organization

- Develops/coordinates education plans related to initial and ongoing competency validation

- Develops/coordinates core education to address patient population specific nursing care

- Develops/coordinates core education for the development of beside leaders

- Plans, prepares and maintains materials for use in educational programs for accuracy and relevance to the target audience

- Identifies and evaluates instructional materials in all types of media and formats

- Adjusts content and teaching strategies appropriate learner needs

- Provides educational opportunities that benefit nurses at all stages of their career development

- Delivers competence based programs for nursing staff with a focus upon improvement of skills and retention of knowledge

- Develops evidence-based educational materials

- Supports staff development with educational activities (which include remediation, certification, mentoring, life support, JCAHO requirements, product roll-outs, etc)

- Evaluates the effectiveness of educational programming

- Prepares short and long term planning and programs to address identified needs

- Teaches content as needed and/or assigned within clinical expertise to facilitate orientation, staff development and/or safe practice


- Serves as an educational consultant to facilities, task forces, committees, and projects relating to policy, procedure and program development

- Responses to regulatory mandates for research and management of sentinel events

- Responds to identified needs of Duke Medicine to promote quality patient care and safety

- Collaborates with Duke Medicine to recommend educational strategies for the implementation clinical standards

- Consults with staff regarding individual learning needs


- Supports the integration of research into practice

- Provides information to document effectiveness of role as a staff development educator

- Incorporates current educational evidence into individual practice as a staff development expert

- Conducts and/or contributes to nursing research

- Interprets, communicates, and incorporates research findings into program planning


- Facilitates the adult learning process, creating a climate which supports learning across the health system

- Identifies and recruits internal and external resources (nurse, doctor, other specialists) for educational activities

- Coordinates educational activities (includes continuing education credit, clinical affiliations, nurse residency, etc) across Duke Medicine

- Participates in committees, task forces, projects for areas of coverage and Duke Medicine

- Facilitates teambuilding and leadership development for areas of coverage and Duke Medicine

- Participates in review of activities or processes for area of coverage and department

Change Agent:

- Responds to changes in nursing practice and develops programs to support those changes

- Ensures that educational programs are congruent with organizational missions, values, and goals

- Maintains flexibility when managing multiple roles and responsibilities

- Interprets and communicates across multiple disciplines

- Promotes a safe and healthy work environment


- Serves as a role model to promote excellence and safety

- Maintains required educational and/or clinical competencies

- Seek opportunities to develop staff in various roles

- Integrates ethical principles in all aspects of practice

- Serves as a role model for education and professional nursing practice

- Role models and promotes the concept of life long learning

- Leads committees, work groups and/or projects related to the implementation of educational activities

- Performs related duties as assigned


Required Qualifications at this Level


BSN required, MSN preferred.



5 years of nursing, clinical educator, or nursing instructor experience required. A Master's Degree in Nursing may substituted for 2 years of required experience.


Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina required. ?? BLS required. BLS, ACLS, PALS, and/or NRP Instructor level certification is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Basic Computer Skills in Microsoft office

Knowledge of Audiovisual equipment set up an advantage


Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.