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Nurse Educator - 4407 


Job Title: Nurse Educator

Department: Tohono O'odham Nation Health Care (TONHC)

Division: As Assigned

Status: Exempt/Full-Time

Salary: $92,250.50 - $112,398.42 annual (DOE)

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, provides information and instruction to individuals and families in health education and disease prevention. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating all patient education activities in the Tohono O'odham Nation Sells Hospital clinics, including employee in-service, community health activities, and coordination with other agencies and programs.

Scope of Work:

This position is located in the Tohono O'odham Nation Sells Hospital, including San Xavier Health Center, Santa Rosa Health Center, and San Simon Health Center in the Ambulatory Care/Nursing areas. The position aims to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and coordinate patient/staff education programs and community health activities for Tohono O'odham Health Care. The incumbent is under the general supervision of the Supervisory Nurse Specialist Ambulatory Care. Incumbent may be delegated Quality Assurance duties as determined by the Supervisory Nurse Specialist or Facility Director (for Health Centers only).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Depending on the area of assignment, an incumbent may not be required to perform some of the duties listed below):

  • Responsible for coordinating computer tracking programs present in place for women's health, immunizations, and other services as required.
  • Develop tracking and educational curriculum for patients with diabetes.
  • Assist with coordinating quality assurance activities in the clinic to include compliance with Joint Commission (JC), Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA), Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), and various other regulations.
  • Organize and maintain clinic quality assurance programs to comply with JC, HCFA, GPRA, and other regulations.
  • Organize, maintain and coordinate patient education program with components to include Prenatal, Well Child, Chronic Disease Care, Women's Health, Employee Health.
  • Assists community members and health field personnel to assess and plan for needed health-related services.
  • Teaches home care material and instruct community members on subjects related to individual and community welfare.
  • Participates in programs to safeguard children's health, including conferences, school health programs, group instruction for parents, and immunization programs.
  • Instructs individuals and families in health education and disease prevention.
  • Maintains professional knowledge by conducting research, attending seminars, educational workshops, classes, and conferences; conferring with contracting agencies and related organizations representatives.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Tohono O'odham traditions, language, history, geography, and culture.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, tribal laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Knowledge of Community Health Nursing principles.
  • Knowledge of basic and advanced scientific and psycho-social nursing theory, concepts, principles, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of curriculum development and teaching plans.
  • Thorough knowledge of diabetes, the disease process, and complications.
  • Thorough knowledge of perinatal, well-child, and women's health issues is required.
  • Knowledge of common primary care health problems such as arthritis, asthma, STDs, hypertension, and chemical dependency.
  • Thorough understanding of primary care systems.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Must be current in state-of-the-art health promotion/disease prevention knowledge.
  • Knowledge of JC/QA Standards of Ambulatory Health Care facilities.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs.
  • Ability to operate medical equipment to include: blood pressure, Accu-check and glucose machines, sphygmomanometer, and other related equipment.
  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain privileged, confidential information.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict timelines.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State-accrediting agency when the applicant completed the program.
  • Registration: Applicants must have an active, current, and unrestricted license as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
  • One year of specialized experience as a Nurse Educator.
  • Two years of combined nursing experience in leadership, knowledge of patient care, staff education, competencies, and training.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must obtain certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid within one year of hire.
  • Must obtain CPR instructor certification within one year of hire.
  • Upon recommendation for employment, a criminal background and a National FBI fingerprint check are required to determine suitability for employment, including a 39-month driving record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver’s license (no DUIs or major traffic citations within three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O’odham Nation tribal employer’s insurance requirements to receive a driver’s permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds. The work requires some moderate muscle exertion, such as long periods of standing and waiting and lifting heavy items such as audio-visual equipment or a patient when the Nurse Educator is providing skilled nursing care. The work is performed in various settings such as the classroom, conference room, auditoriums. Typically these settings are located in the clinic and community. The Nurse Educator works with exposure to contagious disease, infection, electrical hazards, and emotionally disturbed patients.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Location San Xavier  
Open Date 11/4/2022  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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