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Program Coordinator - Practical Nursing

We are searching for an experienced Program Coordinator - Practical Nursing at our Oakdale Campus.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

Position Summary:
The Program Coordinator – Practical Nursing is responsible for the implementation of the program plan within the institutional organization. Teach vocational or occupational subjects at the postsecondary level (but at less than the baccalaureate) to students who have graduated high school or earned a GED. Responsible for preparing and delivering lectures, leading and moderating classroom discussions, facilitating online activities and communication, and administering and grading examinations and assignments. Demonstrates and teaches patient care techniques in the classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical sites to nursing students. Expert in nursing practice with knowledge of professional scope and standards of practice. Able to rely on evidence-based practice guidelines to plan and accomplish teaching goals. Lead and direct the work of others. A degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

 Acts as chief advocate for the program and presents a positive image of the program and the College to both internal and external customers.
 Teaches course load as scheduled.
 Meets regularly with the Dean to communicate all activities within area of responsibility.
 Serves as leader of self-directed work teams consisting of faculty members in program to accomplish the following:
o Recruitment
 Leads the recruitment efforts for the program and coordinates with the Dean and the Director of Recruitment
 Assures that promotional literature is current, accurate and available
o Advising
 Assures that all faculty members are assisting with student advising and provides current, accurate information
o Curriculum and Instruction
 Coordinates faculty review and selection of textbooks
 Updates, researches, and submits textbook requests
 Reviews and edits catalog copy
 Recommends the purchase of library acquisitions
 Assists the Dean in completing paperwork to submit to the Curriculum Committee, the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and other committees or agencies
 Maintains a current roster of program faculty and ensures credential files are complete and up-to-date
 Maintains a list of qualified adjunct faculty
 Assists with the recruiting, orientation, mentoring and evaluation of faculty
 Makes recommendations to the Dean for curriculum changes, including new programs and/or certificates
 Conducts curriculum and program evaluations on a continual basis using continuous process improvement techniques
 Makes recommendations to the Dean regarding the goals, objectives, priorities and strategies used within the program
 Leads all activities related to programmatic accreditation (i.e., LSBPNE)
 Assists the Dean in activities associated with institutional accreditation (SACS-COC).
 Leads in the development of both a long-range and a short-range strategic plan for the program
 Responsible for the implementation of the program plan within the institutional organization
 Maintains student records as outlined by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE)
 Attend the LSBPNE new instructor/program coordinator orientation
 Conduct yearly faculty evaluations on all Practical Nurse faculty
 Collecting, maintaining, and submitting required student records for admission into, progression in, withdrawal from and completion of program as required by LSBPNE
 Maintaining current board approved curriculum and master rotation plan as required by LSBPNE
 Complete and submit all LSBPNE required periodic and yearly reports
 Obtain and maintain contracts with each cooperating clinical agency
 Conduct faculty meetings to include evaluation, revision and improvement of program
o Scheduling
 Identifies all classes to be included in the schedule
 Provides recommendations to the Dean relative to faculty loads and course schedule
o Budget/Equipment
 Specifies equipment and supplies to be ordered within an established budget and in compliance with State and College regulations
 Monitors equipment and maintains an inventory of equipment
 Request equipment repairs as needed
 Ensures a neat, well-organized, and safe office, classroom, and laboratory environment
 Assists the Dean with the budgeting process
o Advisory Committee
 Maintains the membership of an active and engaged program advisory committee
 Participates and ensures the documentation of advisory committee meetings twice each year
 Coordinates with the Dean in developing the meeting agenda
 Communicates advisory committee recommendations to the Dean for implementation
o Performs other work as assigned.

Practical Nursing Teaching and Instructional Duties:

o Course materials are prepared using evidence-based resources (textbooks, instructional aids, online resources, and materials).
o Follow curriculum guidelines as approved by the LSBPNE.
o Teaching plans are organized and available for course presentation.
o Develop lesson plans with guidance of the NCLEX Practical Nursing test plan.
o Keep up to date with NCLEX changes.
o Course time organized to be accomplished in the allotted time.
o Instruction provided to individual students and groups appropriate to the needs and requirements of activities being performed.
o Attends class on time and if unable to attend; ensures alternate method of course delivery is available for students.
o Able to deliver course content in a clear, concise manner that enhances student learning.
o Demonstrates varied methods of course content delivery and use of instructional aids.
o Provides adequate resources that enable students to successfully complete assignments.
o Content expert in subject matter.
o Promotes discussion among students as well as learning and individual initiative.
o Provides constructive feedback in a timely manner on tests and assignments.
o Provides fair grading of student course work.
o Provides advisement services to assigned advisees.
o Maintains individual student progress data and ensures this is a part of the student’s permanent record.
o Uphold classroom and clinical policies.
o Oversees students’ clinical practice:
 Ensures clinical site will allow students to gain clinical experience for course content and enhance clinical judgment
 Orients self and student to clinical facility policies and procedures
 Evaluates student performance in the clinical setting, using the coordinating guidelines for the evaluation tool
 Participates in pre and post conference experiences
 Assists with simulation lab check offs as scheduled
 Instruct, supervise and evaluate students during labs and patient care
 Evaluates student’s clinical paperwork
 Service to Students, Department, Division or College
o Maintains office hours as required.
o Submits reports and performs required record-keeping functions in a timely and dependable manner.
o Participates in School of Nursing and Allied Health (SoNAH) monthly meetings and standing. committees as assigned. May include serving as committee chair
o Accepts SoNAH service assignments such as recruiting, pinning and graduation activities.
o Attends all Nursing Pinning Ceremonies and commencement ceremonies.
o Professionally represents the institution in college-related outreach activities.
o May serve on advisory boards/committees.
o May apply academic expertise in the local, state or national community.
o May sponsor student activities or groups.
o Participates in workshops/seminars.
o Assists students with advising and counseling activities related to academic, career and job placement areas.
o Evaluates follow-up data from completers and employers to obtain information concerning program effectiveness and relevance to improve the quality of the program where needed.
 Professional Development Activities
o Attends conferences, seminars and workshops that enhance expertise in areas of teaching responsibilities
o Participates in professional organizations
o Acts as a role model for nursing students
o Develops and maintains professional and collegial relationships
o Communicates on professional matters with media, government agencies and other professional bodies when asked.

Required Qualifications:

Essential Qualifications, Education and Work Experience:

 Must maintain a current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in Louisiana or one of the Compact Member States.

 Must meet LSBPNE requirements and pay the required fee to LSBPNE
 Minimum of three years of nursing experience. At least one of the three years must have been as a medical-surgical hospital staff nurse providing direct patient care. Must have practiced as a nurse for a minimum of six full-time months during the three years immediately preceding application.
 Must meet faculty qualifications through LSBPNE and clinical agencies.
 A Master’s degree is preferred.
 Teaching experience is preferred.
 Experience in labor and delivery as well as pediatrics is a plus.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:
 Program Coordinators will come from the ranks of the full-time faculty. As such, they will have the education and work experience requirements sufficient to credential them as faculty utilizing the guidelines of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
 In addition, the Program Coordinator will have the ability to
o Effectively evaluate situations and make decisions; and
o To establish and maintain effective professional relationships with a diverse group of individuals, both internal and external.
 Proficiency in the use of standard office equipment and networked personal computers, utilizing a variety of software is essential that includes but is not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
 Individual must be a committed, motivated self-starter who is capable of initiating and completing work with little supervision and/or as a part of a team on larger projects.
 Maintain a professional appearance.
 Project a professional attitude toward the students.

Essential Physical Requirements, Work Environment and Efforts:

In order to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all employees are asked to read and acknowledge the information below:

 Use a computer for composing, storing, and retrieving information.

 Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with patient care, students, other employees and the public. This is normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, hear, and handle or feel objects and controls.
 Perform basic mathematical computations needed to grade and complete assignments.
 Plan, organize, and prioritize job duties in order to meet deadlines.
 Must have physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment such as, but not limited to, a personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine.
 Must be capable of standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, pushing, and pulling within the scope of assigned duties.
 Lift and move items weighing up to 20 pounds.
 Work a regular Monday through Friday schedule with weekends and overtime as required.
Reasonable accommodations may be requested and made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties.

Employment Type: Regular

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