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Nursing Professional Development Specialist Perioperative Services

Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle, Washington

The posted compensation range of $41.88 - $74.44 /hour is a reasonable estimate that extends from the lowest to the highest pay CommonSpirit in good faith believes it might pay for this particular job, based on the circumstances at the time of posting. CommonSpirit may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range as permitted by law.

Requisition ID 2023-318912 Employment Type Full Time Department Education Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Monday - Friday (7:00 AM to 3:30 PM) Remote No Category Education and Training

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health brings together two award-winning health systems in Washington state  CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason. As one integrated health system with the most patient access points in western Washington, our team includes 18,000 staff and nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you will find the safest and highest quality of care provided by our expert, compassionate medical care team at 11 hospitals and nearly 300 sites throughout the greater Puget Sound region.  While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid vacation, adoption assistance, annual bonus eligibility, and more!


The Nursing Professional Development Specialist I performs as a facilitator of learning, change agent, mentor, leader, champion for scientific inquiry, and a partner for practice transition. Uses tools, theories, skills and knowledge of the Nursing Professional Development specialty to improve the healthcare practice of learners. Supports licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel in onboarding, orientation, ongoing competency, and role development. Facilitates collaborative partnership and promotes evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives. Contributes to a “state of readiness” for regulatory and certifying bodies. Carries out all responsibilities in alignment with the current Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice.

Responsibilities include:

Education/Competency Management:
In consultation with nursing leadership, CPPD team members, unit-based staff and others, identify practice gaps of the clinical unit staff by systematically and purposefully collecting data and information to analyze issues, trends, and outcomes. Prioritize data collection based upon immediate or anticipated needs. Ensure education programs are aligned with unit/department goals and current evidence based-practice recommendations. Define expected outcomes of the education plan using measurable terms. Documents evidence of practice gaps to facilitate education planning process. Sustain ongoing process for data collection and ensure continuous revision of individual and/or unit level education plan related to quality and safety education for nurses, (e.g. falls, infection prevention, new equipment, regulatory changes, accreditation/certification)

a. Provides education programming to address identified practice gaps, which may include licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel.
b. Facilitates activities to achieve specific outcomes related to specific identified deficits or opportunities for improvement in knowledge, skills, or practice.
c. Supports ongoing assessment and evaluation of the skills, knowledge, abilities, and judgement of licensed and non-licensed healthcare personnel.
d. Documents and supports competency, and addresses competency deficits in staff members and teams.
e. Creates opportunities for feedback and evaluation of the effectiveness of the educational content, teaching strategies and the learning environment.

Onboarding and Orientation:

a. Supports the process of hiring, orienting, socializing, and integrating an employee to the organization with a focus on retention and growth.
b. Facilitates orientation of licensed and unlicensed healthcare personnel during onboarding and when changes in roles, responsibilities, and practice settings occur.
c. Functions as a primary facilitator for clinical orientation.

Professional Role Development:

a. Facilitates a continuous process of maturation through lifelong learning.
b. Supports learner role transition, role integration, skill acquisition and mastery, as learners advance from novice to expert in their profession and specialties in alignment with Virginia Mason Professional Practice Model.
c. Uses current research findings and other evidence to expand learner knowledge, role performance and increase learner awareness of professional issues.

Collaborative Partnerships:

a. Partners with individuals, groups, and/or organizations to share expertise in planning and decision-making to achieve common goals.
b. Within collaborative partnerships may teach, coordinate, serve as liaison, and advise others concerning education and learning.

Research/Evidence-based Practice/Quality Improvement:
a. Promotes and facilitates evidence-based practice (EBP) and/or quality improvement (QI) activities.
b. Promotes and integrates the science of the Nursing Professional Development specialty to continuously improve his/her practice.


Required: WA state RN license, a BSN or equivalent degree, and a minimum of three years of nursing experience. Certification in Nursing Professional Development is required within two years of hire. The incumbent must possess excellent communication, teaching, group facilitation and presentation skills, demonstrate, and teach new technology, equipment, patient care and standards of care. This position requires an individual who will promote high standards of care and model/mentor new as well as experienced staff.


Prior experience as an educator and relevant clinical experience. Certification in nursing clinical specialty area is preferred. The incumbent must have knowledge of VM Production System and Lean principles or obtain such knowledge within one year of hire.

Just as Virginia Mason is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients and our community, we are equally dedicated to your professional and personal success. With a wide range of perks that includes comprehensive compensation and benefits, continuing education and support, and the opportunity to live in one of the most livable cities in the country, you will find that an opportunity with Team Medicine is one worth taking. Virginia Mason Medical Center, was recognized among the Best Hospitals in Washington state by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Seattle, WA, Virginia Mason is an internationally recognized leader in the continuous improvement of health care. With an extensive list of awards and distinctions that includes our recognition as Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group, Virginia Mason offers you the opportunity to partner with exceptionally talented peers at every level. You will contribute to the strength of our Team Medicine approach to collaborative medicine and benefit from the changes enacted through our Virginia Mason Production System, a model that has transformed health care by providing patients with easier access to care, reducing errors, and continuously innovating patient safety and quality that has been adopted by other organizations here and abroad. Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters - our patients.

We deliver inspired people to do meaningful work.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


While you’re busy impacting the healthcare industry, we’ll take care of you with benefits that may include health/dental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid time off, tuition assistance, adoption assistance, and more!

Unless directed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis. CommonSpirit Health cannot anticipate the date by which a successful candidate may be identified.

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