St. Joseph's Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health. The word "dignity" perfectly defines what our organization stands for, showing respect for all people by providing excellent care. St. Joseph's Medical Center, was founded in 1899 under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, is a not for profit, fully accredited, regional hospital with 395 beds, a physician staff of over 400, and more than 2,400 employees. Specializing in cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer services and women and children's services including neonatal intensive care. St. Josephs is the largest hospital as well as the largest private employer in Stockton, California. Nationally recognized as a quality lead, St. Josephs is consistently chosen as the "most preferred hospital" by local consumers.
The Perioperative Nurse Educator is accountable for providing educational expertise in perioperative nursing as well as assisting with education throughout the organization. As a recognized expert, the Perioperative Nurse Educator acts as a mentor to the nursing staff, providing consultation and education. The Perioperative Nurse Educator is responsible for the ongoing review, revision, and management of staff clinical competencies. Further, the Periop Nurse Educator is responsible for conducting competency evaluations and for coordinating opportunities to match staff learning needs with patient care needs. The Periop Nurse Educator does not assume responsibility for an assigned case load of patients, but is required to maintain clinical competence by working directly with nursing staff in the assigned patient care areas, on a routine basis. The Periop Nurse Educator is also available throughout the organization as a resource to the nursing and ancillary staff and assists with organizing hospital-wide clinical skills day. As such, the Periop Nurse Educator may be called upon to assess a particular patient/family need and assist with development of an appropriate plan of care. The Periop Nurse Educator participates in the development and coordination of specialty programs/service and maintains certification where appropriate. The Periop Nurse Educator is responsible for the coordination of quality improvement activities and/or research studies as directed and approved by the organization. The Periop Nurse Educator is involved in quality improvement activities surrounding the implementation and management of the Periop 101 Program. The Periop Nurse Educator participates in hospital committees that involve clinical quality improvement and is responsible for bringing the information back and educating the staff in the OR, so quality of care goals are achieved. The Periop Nurse Educator will be available to orient new nurses, providing one on one, at the elbows clinical, hands-on patient care training. Due to the nature of assigned departments being operational 24/7, the Periop Nurse Educator's schedule will vary so all staff have access to the Periop Nurse Educator, and the Periop Nurse Educator has the opportunity to reach each staff member individually, as needed.
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