Nurse Educator

Updated: May 18, 2017
Job ID: 212845
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Nurse Educator to support the Hematology/Oncology inpatient ward for the John P. Murtha Cancer Center (MCC) located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MCC.

The John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Bethesda is a modern, patient-centric, tri-service military healthcare facility. Its comprehensive core of military and civilian oncologists and other cancer-trained clinicians and researchers provide multidisciplinary cancer-care delivery and patient-family support services. Our Cancer Center, the only DoD Cancer Center of Excellence within the Military Health System, offers its patients access to cutting-edge cancer diagnostic and treatment technologies.

Responsibilities: Incumbent is responsible for comprehensive hematology/oncology patient education programs within the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).


  • Develops learning objectives to meet patient needs and evaluates the effectiveness of the Program.
  • Works alongside the physician team daily, participating in Interdisciplinary Rounds.
  • Meets with each patient to assess educational needs and to develop an education plan which is subsequently documented in Essentris, the computerized charting system.
  • Develops appropriate educational material to best meet patient learning needs.
  • Ensures nursing education and training programs are conducted in accordance with applicable service regulations; current standards of practice, and accredited guidelines.
  • Prepares educational directives, standard operating procedures, and programs of instruction, as required; assesses new policies, procedures, and practices to determine whether educational programs should be developed to facilitate organizational change; and takes the lead in implementing training at the bedside.
  • Prepares, maintains, and submits required records and reports.
  • Serves as an advisor, or a member of, various hospital committees and process action teams, as directed.
  • Counsels professional and paraprofessional personnel regarding education programs and opportunities.
  • Provides didactic instruction and tutoring, as needed.
  • Maintains current knowledge of research in oncology nursing and health care, implementing programs to interpret and apply findings within didactic and clinical educational programs.
  • Conducts a Journal Club with nursing staff to keep nurses current with up to date evidence based practices.
  • Updates staff competencies and verifies these competencies annually.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Professional knowledge of a wide range of healthcare, nursing, and business concepts, principles, and practices to manage specialized hospital hematology/oncology educational programs.
  2. Highly advanced ability to plan, develop, administer and communicate patient educational interventions to include all technical, administrative, and professional medical and health educational programs, supporting both military and civilian, professional MTF employees.
  3. Thorough knowledge of the interrelatedness of body systems in maintaining and restoring health. Skill in applying educational methods and tools to enhance the knowledge of the healthcare staff, in relation to wellness, disease management, outcomes management, demand management, case management, and acute care, especially hematology/oncology diagnoses.
  4. Knowledge and ability to serve as a clinical/educational role model, educator, team collaborator, patient advocate, and prominent staff member in developing improved health care.
  5. Skill to recognize proper functioning of educational equipment, such as digital media, DVD (laptop and desktop computer), multimedia digital projectors, and training mannequins. Skill to recognize proper functioning of medical equipment used in training. Ability to develop patient educational tools in written format.
  6. Knowledge of professional and military organizations that provide information/ assistance for the development and sustainment of nursing and healthcare educational programs. Skill in interacting with a wide range of contacts to coordinate educational activities for patients and staff.
  7. Skills to review and appraise the effectiveness of the education program. Ability to appropriately formulate educational policy to align with the hospital’s mission and vision.
  8. Skill in utilizing the internet, and other sources, to research current healthcare literature, educational information, and technological advances in the medical and nursing fields.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: MSN prepared with a focus on Education preferred. Oncology Certified Nurse preferred.

Minimum Experience: 2-4 years nursing experience, at least 1 year as an Oncology Nurse Educator.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Licensed as a Registered Nurse, Oncology Nurse Certified; certified in basic cardiac life support. Incumbent applies a wide range of professional nursing theories, principles, and procedures in providing care to hematology and/or oncology patients. Plans, provides, oversees, administers, and documents professional patient care, in accordance with nursing standards of practice and established policies/procedures.

Work Environment: Incumbent involves everyday exposure to infections, and/or other harmful chemotherapy and radiation agents, hazardous materials, etc. Specific safety and infection control measures may be required; including protective clothing, such as gowns, gloves, masks, hats, shoe covers, and goggles. Exposure to radiation agents is possible, but uncommon; however, exposure to cytotoxic agents is very common and may be an everyday exposure.

Must be a US Citizen and pass a favorable National Agency Check.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.