RN Curriculum Development Specialist

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/27/2021 3:59 PM)
Requisition ID
Nursing - Admin/Education
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
ICE NRSL Clinical Education IP NC
Day Shift
Post End Date


Schedule: Fulltime position, Days


The Clinical Education Curriculum Development Specialist is a specially trained highly skilled professional providing clinical leadership with proficient knowledge and skills in assessment of educational needs and/or delivery of education for health care professionals.  The Curriculum Development Specialist is also responsible for the assessment, development and evaluation of clinical training programs including the integration of theory and research into clinical practice.  The Curriculum Development Specialist will also review and assess staff/student skills and design and develop educational programs to address deficiencies.  This position will also function as a liaison with other departments/clinics/unit leadership to provide evidence based practices that yield patient safety, high quality care for patients and families while assessing and determining training needs as well as implement and evaluate educational programs


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving patient care and the lives of Arkansans.  


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • 11 paid Holidays in addition to Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy.

Salary offered commensurate with experience.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (list primary functions of the position with the percent of time generally allocated to each; percent of time must equal 100%)


(40%) Provides clinical leadership while meeting the educational and informational needs of new employees, experienced staff, and students. Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates both formal and informal educational and professional development activities based on the educational needs of staff; included orientation, staff updates, ongoing continuing education, and competencies.  The Curriculum Development Specialist is a teacher, educational leader, innovator, and someone who supports nursing skills and the highest possible standards of care. Applies EBP to orientation and ongoing education, utilizing educational principles which have demonstrated effectiveness.  Conducts and reviews annual educational needs assessments to develop new curricula or revise existing curricula to meet the needs of unit leadership and staff members. Uses adult learning principles, communication skills, and teaching methods.  Works collaboratively with unit leadership to promote the growth and development of clinical staff using best practice. Serves as a role model and clinical practice resource for members of the inter-professional patient care team.  Promotes accountability and patient safety through curriculum developed. Seeks feedback from students and new hires to promote continuous quality improvement. Provides learning opportunities to assist personnel in gaining knowledge, skills and appropriate behaviors necessary to perform assigned duties competently.  Assists in educational tasks, including the system based onboarding including, but not limited to: licensed health care members, nursing, and unlicensed assistive personnel.  Assists with educational needs identified by resource nurses, quality improvement, regulatory agencies, the journey towards Magnet, and other stakeholders. Collaborates with unit/area leadership to identify unit-specific clinical and behavioral competencies.  Assesses and designs training and/or educational programs to address identified deficiencies/learning needs. Assures the use of adult learning principles and culturally appropriate initiatives and imparts this knowledge to faculty/staff as appropriate.  Identifies barriers or concerns which interfere with the learning process and suggests alternatives for resolution; consults with departments, staff, and managers to determine goals. Supports process improvement initiatives as evidenced by lifelong learning and discovery opportunities.


(40%) Professional Growth & Development

Provide feedback support to Licensed and Unlicensed preceptors. Collaborates with Transition to Practice Lead to teach, review, and revise preceptor program. Serves as an educational liaison on nursing councils and other committees. Collaborates with unit/area leadership to develop educational plans for staff. Accurately records new employees’ attendance of clinical orientation. Collaborates with unit/area leadership to solve problems and assist when educational deficit is identified for individuals or unit/area staff. Always respectful of others. Always uses appropriate communication, both verbal and written. Maintain privacy/confidentiality.  Available and responsive to customers. Participates in continuing education by completing the required development hours annually. Develops initial and ongoing Charge Nurse/Team Lead classes in collaboration with current Charge Nurses and Team Leads’ and leadership feedback. Coordinates onboarding skills/competency and evaluates methodology. Collaborates with the LMS & Online Learning support individual to ensure scheduling for training events occurs, materials are prepared, and communication r/t the event.


(15%)  Safety, EBP, and Change Management

Creates a safe and effective learning environment Observes safe work practices and provides input on safety issues. Serves as an educational liaison for improve patient safety. Collaborates with Director of Regulatory and Clinical Leadership to provide education up to date training to new employees to address practice, regulatory, safety and or quality initiatives during clinical orientation. Understands and communicates Performance Improvement initiatives to new hires during orientation. Identifies safety concerns and communicates appropriately. Collaborates with clinical leadership to provide educational expertise for change processes and assists others through change transition. Adopts practices to improve work process, enhance guest satisfaction and reduce waste. Works effectively with team/work groups to fulfill UAMS mission and Department goals.


(5%) Institutional/Professional Standards

Builds trust with unit/area leadership and new and existing staff. Serves as a role model for professional behavior while mentoring others in succession planning. Makes effective decisions to develop solutions and acts consistently with in the organizational and department strategic goals. Plans and organizes event in an efficiently and prioritizing responsibilities. Adheres to UAMS Code of Conduct and Department policies. 


Other duties as assigned.

Customer Service:  Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed. Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary. Demonstrates positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follows the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines. Assist internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.


Required Experience:

  • RN License
  • BSN required Graduate of an accredited nursing program
  • 5 years of nursing specialty experience and 2 years in nursing education or program assessment/development
  • Certification in area of specialty in which position resides or obtainable within two years of hire
  • Able to follow oral and written instructions and communicate with others effectively
  • Ability to document services provided
  • Understanding of regulatory and compliance organizations/agencies
  • Knowledgeable in medical terminology
  • Excellent customer relations skills
  • Understands and abides by confidentiality policies
  • Position requires the ability to walk across campus, carry up to 10 lbs., speak, see, hear and sit at a desk for long periods.

Preferred Experience:

  • Master's in Nursing
  • BLS/ACLS Instructor


This is a safety sensitive position and subject to pre-employment screening (criminal background, drug testing, and/or education verification). A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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