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Clinical Education Specialist - Progressive Care (UPMC Mercy)

  • Job ID: 958174421
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Mercy
  • Department: Ctr for Nurse_Patient Ed
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $32.87 to $56.12 / hour


UPMC Mercy is hiring a full-time Clinical Education Specialist with a focus in progressive care. This position will be responsible for multiple units at UPMC Mercy with the following specialties: cardiac, surgical, oncology and medical monitored.


Candidates with a minimum of 3 years of nursing experience, including progressive care experience, are encouraged to apply!


This is primarily a Monday through Friday daylight position, but may require occasional off hours.


The Clinical Education Specialist, a professional registered nurse, has the authority, responsibility and accountability for delivery of nursing education throughout UPMC Mercy. The Clinical Education Specialist applies expert knowledge and skills to provide the educational support needed to achieve quality patient care outcomes. As a Clinical Education Specialist, you must demonstrate the knowledge and educational skills necessary to assess, plan and provide the educational programs that are required. 


  • Actively participates in department or practice-specific quality improvement efforts.

  • Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management.

  • Utilizes research and evidence-based practice to support improvement in clinical care: identifies research issues or articles related to clinical specialty or areas of interest

  • Facilitates/mentors staff for projects/EBP/research activities.

  • Promotes best practice dissemination (presentations, publications, etc.)

  • Receive feedback and direction constructively.

  • Serve as a formal and informal mentor for new staff members and mentor new preceptors to be successful in their role.

  • Serve as a resource/consultant for patients, nursing staff and other disciplines in area of specialty.

  • Participate in department-based Performance Improvement projects.

  • Participate in self-review.Improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs.

  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative, work independently, and establish priorities to meet department and organizational goals.

  • Obtain and maintain appropriate certifications.

  • Participate in professional and community organizations.

  • Supports educational needs assessments.

  • Demonstrates professional coaching and feedback skills.

  • Facilitates orientation and general continuing education programs.

  • Utilize nursing process in teaching staff how to manage the care of patients including assessment, interdisciplinary planning, implementation, evaluation of patient care, teaching and discharge planning.

  • Lead in the development of standards of nursing care and nursing policies.

  • Identify, communicate and respond to meet the learning needs of nursing staff.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate orientation and continuing education programs based on learning needs, clinical priorities and organizational resources.Facilitate staff initiatives to improve patient care.

  • Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.

  • Promotes patient education.

  • Serve as a clinical practice resource.

  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department and organization.Take a leading role in major hospital-wide projects.

  • Assume responsibility for complex assignments and view problems as challenges.

  • Apply creative and innovative strategies in problem solving to achieve desired goals.

  • Facilitates student experiences as appropriate.

  • Develops clinical specialty courses to meet nursing needs.

  • Provides council or specialty project leadership.

  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication.

  • Extends trust by acknowledging the contributions of others; listens first, creates transparency in communications, confronts reality, and clarifies expectations.

  • Conveys information and ideas clearly through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

  • Perform related duties as required



  • MSN or Master's in related field

  • If masters in related field required, BSN required

  • Minimum of 3 years of clinical experience

  • 3 years of progressive care experience strongly preferred

  • Relevant teaching experience

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse either in the state where the facility is located or in a state covered by a licensure compact agreement with the state where the facility is located.

  • CPR certification required.

  • UPMC approved certification preferred

  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Registered Nurse (RN)

  • Act 34

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