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Learning Lab Instructor, Houston TX

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Location: Houston, Texas, US

Job Category: Staff, part-time (in office)

Position Type: Part-Time

Job Description

Clinical Learning Lab Instructor (part-time)

The Clinical Learning Lab Instructor is a clinically experienced subject matter expert who is responsible for facilitating student learning and performance assessment in on-site Clinical Learning Labs. Student learning activities in Clinical Learning Labs range from learning basic nursing skills to resolving simple-to-complex patient care situations via high-fidelity simulation. Teaching responsibilities can include traditional basic nursing skills and/or nursing care with high-fidelity simulation, depending on expertise and interest. 

 The Clinical Lab Instructor:

  • Serves as a professional role model for students in dress, communication, deportment, problem solving, care delivery and patient advocacy to facilitate student’s socialization into the profession.
  • Demonstrates understanding of and participates in implementation of the philosophy and goals of the nursing program.
  • Demonstrates respect for the student as a new learner by communicating constructive feedback in appropriate ways.
  • Uses evidence-based tools and measures to evaluate the students’ clinical learning.
  • Maintains daily documentation regarding student learning in the Clinical Learning Labs
  • Maintains communication with the National Simulation Program Coordinator in order to make appropriate student referrals for remediation or other needs.
  • Engages in teaching groups of students through demonstration, practice and assistance.
  • Facilitates student advancement in being able to perform basic nursing skills to being able to resolve simple to complex patient care situations via high-fidelity simulation
  • When teaching in a simulated environment, demonstrates ability to facilitate scenarios according to evidence-based standards and guidelines.
  • Assists the student with critical thinking, problem solving using reflection, probing, active listening and other clinical teaching strategies.
  • Assists students in the application of the nursing process to include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care
  • Understands and practices the difference between “doing it for” the student and ‘supporting the student as they learn to do it for themselves.
  • Assists students in the identification of individual learning needs.
  • Provides and maintains a safe learning experience
  • Incorporates student and self as an integral part of the nursing team in the provision of safe patient care when teaching in a simulated environment.



Required Skills

  • MSN required (contingent on state Board of Nursing regulations)
  • Unencumbered RN license in practice state
  • Demonstrated clinical expert in an area of nursing expertise
  • Nursing education experience as indicated by respective state board of nursing
  • Commitment to simulation as both a learning and assessment tool in nursing education
  • Experience or interest in teaching nursing skills and simulated patient care scenarios using high-fidelity simulation
  • Flexibility in working with changing groups of students in a variety of locales
  • Willingness to work 1-3 consecutive weekends every other month as labs occur
  • Willingness to commit time to online orientation and training
  • Willingness to commit time to pre and post lab preparation and data entry
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience with integrated technology systems and tools


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