Nursing Professional Development Specialist - Patient & Family Health Education

Job Requisition #: JR63517

End Date: 8/1/2022

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Nursing

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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A member of the health care team and Institute of Learning, Leadership & Education department who provides oversight of education for staff and inter-professional teams, support for role transition and professional development, and evidence based quality nursing practice, and who supports Christiana Care Health System, Department of Nursing, Service Line and local department strategic goals.

SPECIAL FOCUS AREA: A Patient & Family Health Education focused Nursing Professional Development Specialist (PFHE NPDS) plays an ever-increasing role within systems and communities. A PFHE NPDS guides and promotes evidence-based healthcare in a patient- and family-centric manner to improve quality outcomes and equity within healthcare organizations and communities. A PFHE NPDS also acts to reduce unnecessary healthcare services, avoidable expenses, and health disparities attributable to limited health literacy.

To guide health literacy strategy and meet our organization's staff development and health literacy goals, the PFHE NPDS must demonstrate

knowledge and experience in 7 established content domains:

1. Communication
2. Public Health
3. Education
4. Language, Culture, and Identity
5. Organizational Systems and Policies
6. Community Engagement
7. Ethics

Applicants for this position should be prepared to travel in the community care setting. Work will include developing staff in alignment with the mission, vision, goals, standardized tools and best practices established by the Patient & Family Health Education Team.

Promotes clinical inquiry through participation in nursing research, dissemination of research findings, and integration of new evidence into practice.
Mentors staff in coordination of quality improvement projects that align with organizational goals. 
Facilitates the onboarding of employees to ensure integration to the role on both unit and system-wide levels, focusing on retention and growth.
Develops, coordinates, and evaluates individualized orientation plans for employees that guide the employee toward achieving and maintaining job competency.
Develops, coordinates, and evaluates competency programs and identifies deficiencies in staff competency. 
Identifies and validates developmental/educational priorities through data-driven analysis of learning needs.
Utilizes adult learning principles and instructional design standards to develop and implement quality curriculum, focused on achievement of excellent outcomes.
Utilizes valid and reliable methods to measure performance outcomes and quality indicators to revise educational content and delivery methods as evidenced by achieved optimal outcomes.
Partners with Shared Governance/Decision Making Councils on the unit and system wide level to effect change and generate positive outcomes. 
Participates in activities to promote the specialty of Nursing Professional Development.
Assists others in professional role development, role transitions, and succession planning through support of mentorship programs.


  • BSN required, MS/MSN required or current enrollment in MS/MSN program with completion within three years
  • Specialty Certification Required.
  • Inter-professional experience to include direct involvement in performance improvement, regulatory compliance, and the development and delivery of quality educational programming in a hospital-based system.

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

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For the Love of Health.

Inclusion & Diversity

At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

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We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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