State of Massachusetts Nurse Education Coordinator in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Bureau of Health Professions Licensure is comprised of the ten Boards of Registration and Certification and the Drug Control Program and Prescription Monitoring Program. The Board of Registration in Nursing for the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented nurse to serve as theNursing Education Coordinator. The selected candidate will direct and evaluate the implementation of Board of Registration in Nursing rules and regulations for all nursing education programs leading to initial licensure as a professional or practical nurse. Additionally, will coordinate all aspects of the initial nurse licensure by exam process and provide expert consultation and advice to the board members on all matters concerning entry-level nursing education and examination for initial licensure. Candidates should possess exceptional organizational skills, strong computer skills for data analysis, as well as strong communication and interpersonal skills.

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/

  • Ensures that all Board laws, regulations, policies and recommendations regarding entry-level nursing education and initial nurse licensure by examination are accurately communicated to all appropriate parties.

  • Conducts regularly scheduled surveys of all Board-approved nursing education programs according to Board regulations, policies and guidelines to evaluate the program’s regulatory compliance.

  • Conducts meetings with administration of the parent institution and the program, and nursing faculty. Surveys facilities. Guides and directs the establishment of new nursing education programs leading to initial nurse licensure according to Board regulations, policies and guidelines. Evaluates institutional applications for Board-approval to establish a nursing education program leading to initial nurse licensure.

  • Evaluates proposed changes to Board-approved nursing education programs for regulatory compliance and makes regulation-based recommendations to the Board for action.

  • Prepares evidence-based reports with regulation-based recommendations to the Board for action related to the program’s approval status.

  • Conducts meetings with program administration and nursing faculty.

  • Analyzes annual reports submitted by nurse administrators of all Board-approved nursing education programs for regulatory compliance.

  • Compiles, maintains and analyzes statewide statistics on admissions, enrollments and graduates.

  • Oversees initial nurse licensure by examination application processes and functions.

  • Compiles, maintains and analyzes quarterly and annual licensure examination performance by Board-approved nursing education programs.

  • Communicates national, state and program NCLEX pass rates to Board and to each Board-approved program. Makes recommendations to Board for review of program approval based on ongoing annual NCLEX pass rate less than 80%.

  • Initiates and coordinates special projects and research studies related to patient care, entry-level nursing education and NCLEX performance.

  • Serves as the Board’s representative to other state regulatory agencies, to the legislature and professional associations and organizations on matters related to entry-level nursing education and initial nurse licensure by examination.

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The Preferred candidate will have experience in the following areas with at least eight years of full-time paid experience as a registered nurse, of which at least five have been in an administrative or teaching capacity in a recognized nursing education program and possess the following:

  • Advanced understanding of principles and practices of nursing and nursing education, including curriculum development, organization and evaluation

  • Demonstrated ability to develop program standards, laws and regulations.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and professional standards, laws and regulations.

  • Ability to consistently exercise independent judgment, maintain objectivity and to be adaptable and flexible.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, experience and expertise.

  • Effective listening and interviewing techniques.

  • Computer literacy and basic knowledge of research principles.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze current trends and issues within the health care delivery system as these relate to nursing practice and education.

  • Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules and regulation governing agency operation and assigned unit activities.

  • Ability to explain the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing agency operations.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records.

  • Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals, and by examining records and documents.

  • Ability to participate in a multi-disciplinary health care team.

  • Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.

  • Ability to prepare general reports.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of medical data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.

  • Knowledge of the methods used in employee performance evaluations.

  • Ability to prepare statistical reports.

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About the Department of Public Health:_/*

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

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As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Pre-Hire Process:_/*

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A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visithttp://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory, administrative, or managerial capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* No substitutions will be allowed for the required (B) experience.

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing .**

*Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.



An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.



Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Nurse Education Coordinator

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-239 Causeway Street

Requisition ID: 180006P4