West Coast University, a private university with the singular focus of educating health care professionals, is currently seeking an Instructor II, Nursing (Undergraduate/Exempt). This is an outstanding opportunity for a professional to join a growing university as we expand our academic programs in health care and related fields.
Reporting directly to the Campus Dean, Program Director and/or Program Chair, Instructor II, Nursing (Undergraduate) supports the University in fulfillment of its mission, purpose and goals by focusing extensively on facilitating student learning associated with prescribed course and program learning outcomes. Further provides professional leadership and support as an educator, role model, mentor and facilitator in order to create an educational environment which fosters innovation, responsiveness, and accountability. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Actively and substantively participates in assessment of student learning activities to maximize the potential for students to learn what is necessary to meet prescribed outcomes. Vigorously upholds a culture of academic integrity and supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals in order to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace and placement expectations.
- Must have the minimum higher education background required by the program. Must provide a documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments including, but not limited to: education theory and practice, current concepts relative to specific subjects one will be teaching, current clinical practice experience or distance education techniques and delivery.
- Master’s degree in specialty field required.
- Graduates from the West Coast University Master of Science in Nursing program who meet the minimum experience requirement as a registered nurse are eligible for consideration as a clinical faculty immediately following graduation.
- If applicable, certification(s) in area(s) of specialization required.
- In California, must meet Board of Registered Nursing requirements as stipulated in their statutes:
- Section 1425(c) states, " An instructor shall meet the following minimum qualifications: 1425(a)(1) A Master or higher degree from an accredited college or university which includes course work in nursing, education, or administration. If degree other than in nursing submit information verifying course work in nursing education."
- 1425(c)(3) Completion of at least one (1) years’ experience teaching courses related to registered nursing or completion of a post-baccalaureate course which includes PRACTICE IN TEACHING REGISTERED NURSING. Submit official course description to verify course content.
- 1425(c)(2) Direct patient care experience within the previous five (5) years in the nursing area to which he or she is assigned, which can be met by: (A) One (1) year's continuous, full-time or its equivalent experience providing direct patient care as a registered nurse in the designated nursing area; or (B) One (1) academic year or of registered nurse level clinical teaching experience in the designated nursing area or its equivalent.
- Current unencumbered Registered Nurse License in state with no pending actions against one’s license required; other current professional licensure by state or national board if applicable (e.g., Family Nurse Practitioner, FNP).
- Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by the state Board of Nursing for nursing faculty if required for assigned subject matter instruction.
- Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accreditation body that West Coast University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents.
- Must maintain any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
- Current Driver’s License.
- Current certification in basic life support procedures including healthcare provide CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator.
- Health certifications for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Category I classified position (potential for exposure to infectious diseases at work). As an essential component of the West Coast University infection-control program immunizations and tuberculosis clearance documentation is required in accordance with current Center for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA recommendations and guidelines for Health-Care Personnel. Below are health certification details which are subject to change as required by OSHA and CDC.
- Immunizations – based on the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Personnel (HCP), all HCPs must submit documentation of immunization to Hepatitis B (HB) (series of three doses with anti-HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3), proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, or a signed declination; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chickenpox); and Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (booster every 10 years). Highly recommended immunizations for the HCP include Influenza (yearly), Hepatitis A, and Pneumonia. For some individuals, a titer test will be indicated vs. vaccinations. Titer tests showing immunity to listed pathogens are acceptable. Titer tests showing a negative response require appropriate immunizations and follow-up titers must be completed and submitted. If one or more of the listed immunizations are contraindicated, documentation must be submitted clearly identifying the reason(s). Clinical laboratory reports with facility stamp and medical doctor’s signature are required.
- Tuberculosis Clearance – the CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings are intended to protect the HCP and patients.
- Two Options (consult with supervisor for specific program requirements)
- (1) The TB screening program consists of two major components: (1) baseline single test for M. tuberculosis infection and (2) serial testing/screening for M. tuberculosis infection. The HCP must have a baseline single test followed by serial skin testing once per year. If the HCP has a baseline positive result or has previously had a positive result, a chest radiograph must be completed to exclude a diagnosis of TB disease. Thereafter, every year the HCP must receive a symptom screen.
- (2) The TB blood test (also called interferon-gamma release assays or IGRAs) measures how the immune system reacts to the bacteria that cause TB. An IGRA measures how strong a person’s immune system reacts to TB bacteria by testing the person’s blood in a laboratory. IGRAs are the preferred method of TB infection testing for people who have received bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) as this is a vaccine for TB disease. There is no problem with repeated IGRAs. Two IGRAs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are available in the United States: (1) QuantiFERON®–TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and (2) T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot). Positive IGRA: This means that the HCP has been infected with TB bacteria. Additional tests are needed to determine if the HCP has latent TB infection or TB disease. A health care worker will then provide treatment as needed. Negative IGRA: This means that the HCP’s blood did not react to the test and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely.
- Two or more year’s prior experience (minimum of 30 teaching credits of instruction, or 10 3-unit courses or equivalent) in teaching in a university or college setting required as defined by University’s faculty handbook.
- If applicable, certification(s) in area(s) of specialization required.
- Working with online learning management systems to further engage the student learning process desirable.
- Knowledge of state, federal and local laws/regulations relating to programs, governmental compliance and other regulatory standards such as state Board of Nursing, Commission on Dental Accreditation, state Dental Hygiene Committee, state Dental board, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) or other regulators and/or accreditation bodies.
Full-time associates are eligible for an exceptional benefits package which includes:
- Health, dental and vision plan
- Vacation, sick and holiday schedule
- Tuition Reimbursement
- 401(k) Plan with employer match
- Flexible Spending Account
- Long/short term disability and more.
To learn more about West Coast University and apply for this exciting opportunity please visit our website: www.westcoastuniversity.edu
West Coast University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we seek candidates who desire to work in and serve an ethnically-diverse population.